The Five Young Nigerians Listed Among the UK’s Top-Performing Black Students

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In this article, we are going to look at a brief overview of the five young Nigerians named among the top-performing Black students in the United Kingdom. Rising Stars, an annual publication that selects top students in the UK, recently published a list of the top ten brilliant black students in the UK.

Here are the five young Nigerians among those on the list.

The Five Young Nigerians Listed Among the UK’s Top-Performing Black Students

1.   Segun Afolaranmi

Segun Afolaranmi was raised in Lagos. His parents are Petty traders. Segun is not only knowledgeable about books, but he is also an excellent public speaker.

Following secondary school, he completed his A-Levels in biology, physics, and chemistry, earning straight distinctions and admission to the University of Ibadan. He received over 30 awards for his achievements during high school graduation. He is the co-founder of The Ganglion Initiative, a youth-focused organization.

He later received a Clarendon scholarship to the University of Oxford for his master’s degree. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in cancer immunology at the University of Cambridge.

2.   Folu Ogunyeye

Folu Ogunyeye is another Nigerian ranked among the top-performing Black students in the United Kingdom. He studied at the University of Cambridge from 2018 to 2021. Folu was a mentor to students who desired to attend Cambridge when she was there. So far, all her mentees have received offers from the University of Cambridge.

Despite her family’s financial difficulties, she was strong enough to balance work and schooling. The lady received multiple A-level distinctions, earning her a place at the University of Cambridge. She is currently the CEO of Vamos Careers, with a team of six employees, at the time of writing this article.

Working hard pays off; don’t limit your potential. Don’t let your parents’ and family’s financial incapacity restrict you. You can do it!

3.   Hope Oloye

Hope Oloye is a doctoral student specializing in the Ecological Study of the Brain at the University College London. Hope Oloye was a bright child. Her drive to succeed began at 13 when she attended a neuroscience lecture at University College London.

That lecture sparked her interest in neuroscience, and it’s no surprise that she went on to study it at the University of Oxford. She was one of 300 chosen for New York University’s highly coveted, fully funded Junior Research Fellowship.

Dear reader, if you can dream it, you can achieve it. Don’t allow anything to limit how successful you can be in your dreams. No! Not even your current predicament. If you have a dream and work hard to pursue it, you will definitely succeed.

4.   Khadija Owusu

Khadija Owusu grew up in the United Kingdom. Michelle Obama, the then-American first lady, invited her to the White House in March 2012 for the outstanding article she had published about her mother.

She co-founded Melanin Medics when she was in her 3rd year at the University of London. The organization’s goal was to give black and Caribbean medical students a stronger voice. The British Medical Association later donated £20,000 to the organization.

5.   Nwangele Godwin Chukwuemeka

Emeka came from an average family. He received his first degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), where he later graduated as the best student.

After a thread of significant achievements, he was named a Rhodes Scholar and went on to complete his master’s degree in energy systems at the University of Oxford. He is currently pursuing a DPhil in Engineering Sciences at Oxford to examine novel renewable power plant technologies to generate energy and availability to underserved areas while mitigating climate change.

He also established the Coal City Fellowship in collaboration with the Enugu State Scholarship Board.

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