5 Young Nigerians Make List of Most Brilliant Black Students in UK

Rising Stars, an annual publication that picks out top students in the UK has come up with a list of top 10 brilliant black students in the UK.

Out of the pack, there are five Nigerians on the list. These are people whose years of academic records really speak for themselves.

  • Folu Oguneye

When she was in Cambridge, Folu was a mentor to other students who wanted to come into the university. Despite the financial burden her family was facing, she was able to balance work with schooling.

At A-level, the lady was able to get multiple distinctions, a feat that saw her getting a place at the University of Cambridge. She is now the CEO of Vamos Careers with a team of six.

  • Hope Oloye

At the age of 13, she attended a lecture on neuroscience at the University College London. That lecture made her fall in love with neuroscience and no wonder that was what she would study later at the University of Oxford.

She was among 300 people selected for the much-coveted fully funded Junior Research Fellowship at New York University.

  • Khadija Owusu

Khadijah grew up in the UK. In March 2012, she was invited to the White House by the then-American first lady, Michelle Obama for the exceptional essay she had written about her mother.

When she was in her third year at the University of London, she co-founded a charity called Melanin Medics. The aim of the organisation was to give more voice to black and Caribbean students in the medical profession. The organisation later got £20,000 (N11, 382,088.17) from the British Medical Association

  • Nwangele Godwin (Emeka) Chukwuemeka

Emeka who was born in Jos did his first degree at the University of Nigerian Nsukka (UNN) where he later finished as the best graduating student.

After series of achievements, he became a Rhodes Scholar and went ahead to study for his masters in energy systems at the University of Oxford. He has together with Enugu State Scholarship Board created Coal City Fellowship.

  • Segun Afolaranmi

Segun Afolaranmi grew up in Lagos with his parents who were petty traders.

After secondary school, he took his A-Level in biology, physics, and chemistry where he had straight As and got admission into the University of Ibadan. During his graduation from school, he got over 30 awards for his excellence and later got a Clarendon scholarship for his masters at the University of Oxford.  

Currently he is the co-founder of a youth-based organisation called The Ganglion Initiative.

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