Ndakuna Fanso Amidou is a Master’s student in Green Templeton College and the Oxford Internet Internet Institue is currently studying an MSc in Social Science of the internet and MBA at the University of Oxford. Ndakuna was, on July 14 presented the award by David Lammy MP in the Palace of Westminster.
The Rare Rising Stars celebrates the achievements of black students in the UK. This year’s award ceremony marked the eighth edition of the initiative. The following constituted the panel of judges for the selection of the winner; David Lammy MP, Trevor Phillips OBE, Jean Tomlin OBE, and Google’s Adrian Joseph
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Very often many people who rise to fame start from humble beginnings. The top black student in the UK 2016 Rare Rising Stars award is no stranger to such origins.
Amidou grew up in a village outside of Bamenda, in the North West region of Cameroon, where he didn’t start formal schooling until age ten. After taking O Levels in his village school and qualifying as a mental health nurse, he eventually joined his brother in London. He worked for the NHS for five years before studying engineering as an undergraduate at Brunel University, working as a nurse throughout his studies.
He worked for the NHS for five years before studying engineering as an undergraduate at Brunel University, working as a nurse throughout his studies.
In 2008, he founded a health care clinic in Cameroon in order to address the lack of access to healthcare in rural areas. Today the clinic employs more than 22 nurses and two visiting doctors and serves around 100 patients per day.
Amidou has worked in the UK for Motorola and Vodafone, and is now studying a 1+1 MSc and MBA programme at Oxford with a Pershing Square Graduate Scholarship.
‘Every year, I am stunned by the quality of the Stars. Every year, I am inspired. Often facing unfavourable circumstances, our Stars have achieved remarkable things, and they deserve to be recognised’ said Raph Mokades, Managing Director of diversity recruitment firm Rare, which runs the awards.
It is known that the Oxford University has enjoyed distinguished positions on the Rare Rising Stars list, with fourteen entries over the last eight years. Oxford students have three times been named the UK’s top black student.
Source: Oxford University