Olympian & ‘mini Marcus Rashford’ earn places on Outstanding Black Students list

The inspiring voices of the future have been revealed in a list of the top 100 most Outstanding Black University Students in the UK.

From an Olympian and Team GB member, a mini ‘Marcus Rashford’ whose campaigning persuaded Boris to put a watershed on junk food ads to help tackle childhood obesity, and a student doctor who volunteered at the height of Covid, there are some inspiring young people involved.

The initiative, supported by Latham & Watkins, Standard Chartered and the University of Oxford, aims to provide ole models for younger students.

Here we reveal the top 10 Future Leaders of 2021/22…

1. Tasha Mhakayakora

Tasha Mhakayakora



The 20-year-old is in her second year at Warwick University studying Sociology (BA).

As a first-year student at Warwick, Tasha joined Bite Back 2030, an organisation founded by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, run by young people promoting healthy eating.

She was made co-Chair of the Bite Back Youth Board and later a trustee. She spearheaded a 9pm Watershed campaign, aimed at restricting junk food advertisements on TV and Online.

She made a video that contained six calls for action that specifically called upon the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to incorporate them in his junk food strategy that he was rolling out later that year.

Incredibly, the Prime Minister listened and incorporated the ban on advertising of unhealthy food before the 9pm watershed.

“Both roles as co-chair and trustee have given me the opportunity to represent Bite Back 2030 and our work on a national and international scale, this has only fuelled my drive to create a world where all young people can be healthy and thrive, no matter where they live,” explained Tasha.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

“Becoming an expert in my field, a Senior Associate in a firm and a food-system campaigner.”

2. Nathan Robinson

Nathan Robinson



Nathan, 25, is in his fifth year at University College, London, studying Medicine (MBBS/BSc).

He felt compelled, as a clinical medical student, to volunteer at UCLH University College London hospital on the frontline and support the nationwide effort to manage the health crisis.

He noticed among the staff that there was a lot of anxiety and fear around managing Covid patients and co-developed a hospital preparedness toolkit to get the entire hospital ready for the incoming surge of patients.

He devised, led and delivered one of four stations, entitled ‘COVID-19 and palliative care, to more than 150 staff at UCLH ranging from paediatric nurses and healthcare assistants to senior consultants.

He said: “Being brought up in a single-parent, working-class household, my mother always emphasised the importance of education in having upward social mobility. I was awarded a fully-funded National Open Scholarship by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago worth £250,000 and set my eyes on pursuing a degree in medicine whilst building a community of like-minded, purpose-driven nationals.”

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

“Working in Trinidad in the fields of health care and social mobility and running a medical tech company.”

3. Solomon Smith

Solomon Smith



The 23-year-old is studying Business Studies (PGDE) at University of London College after gaining a first degree in Economics and Philosophy at Sheffield University.

Working with the African Caribbean Society, he successfully led and organised a club night to ease tensions between university students and local young people.

Last year, Solomon worked with the social enterprise Enactus, where he provided tuition to underprivileged children.

Solomon, was selected to be a part of the University of Sheffield Ice Hockey A team (2017-2020) and was awarded two scholarships, which then led to him being scouted to represent Team Great Britain’s men’s university team in 2019.

He explained: “As the only person of colour in the Team Great Britain, I acted as a beacon of diversity for the sport in the UK and as an influential role model to those of black origin who are interested in the sport.”

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

“A senior member of staff in school.”

4. Chiamaka Elumogo

Chiamaka Elumogo



Chiamaka, 22, is in her fourth year studying Medicine (MBChB) at Buckingham University.

She initiated and co-led the Youth Against Racism at Norwich School Campaign by writing an open letter to her former high school. It was signed by over 200 pupils and alumni, exposing their longstanding culture of institutional racism.

More than 50 accounts of racist abuse, dating as far back as the 1970s, were documented to provide evidence of the school’s problems with race.

She said: “I’d really love it if a year seven starting next September could go through that school and not have anything to add to the document about race racist abuse.”

The school said at the time it was making changes to tackle racism and that significant progress had been made.

In April 2021, Chiamaka became the Comms Lead & Spokesperson, Campaigner and Media Representative for the Anti Street Harassment Campaign, Our Streets Now.

Where would you like to see yourself in 10 years?

“Working as an obstetrician or gynaecologist.”

Joint 5: George Obolo

George, 20, is in his third year at Manchester University studying Medicine (MbChB).

Medical student George Obolo co-founded a non-profit organisation, The Black Excellence Network, to help tackle the racial disparities between black students and other ethnicities within UK higher education.

George pioneered a service that connects professionals and executives with members of the network. George is also Head of Partnerships which involves communicating with top firms, including some within the Magic Circle law firms and Big Four accountancy/consultancy firms, as well as Russell Group universities.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

“As a passionate Christian who is involved in executive positions at different companies.”

Joint 5: Oyindamola Adeniyi

The 20-year-old is in her third year studying Medicine (MBBS) at Hull York Medical School.

Oyindamola co-founded The Black Excellence Network, a social enterprise designed to increase the participation of black students in competitive courses and top universities.

As a Head of Mentorship, she is also responsible for designing the scheme. She led the Hull York Medical School (HYMS) Connect Programme, a quality improvement project and local initiative to help bridge the educational attainment gap.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

“Working to be a qualified obstetrics and gynaecologist or GP, as well as a consultancy for other social enterprises in their start-up stages.”

6. Lauren Pereira-Greene

Lauren Pereira Green



Lauren, 20, is in her second year at University College London, studying Medicine (MBBS, BSc).

Lauren founded an organisation called DIMA (Diversity in Medical Academia), supporting and encouraging under-represented groups to get involved in medical research and academia.

Having been awarded the Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship in March this year, Lauren will undertake research into the mechanisms underlying psychosis in adults, following childhood trauma.

Lauren is also Inclusivity Officer for her medical school’s rowing club.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

“Working towards psychiatry and possibly doing journalism on the side.”

7. Melody Stephen

Melody Stephen



Melody, 22, is in her final year at Manchester University studying for an LLB with International Study.

Melody was a Teach Black Studies researcher, where she implemented changes to the curriculum to combat erasure of black history, and helped create a new Black Studies course.

Melody was recently elected into the role of General Secretary of the Student Union and is an executive director of the SU, Chair of the board of trustees and Governor on the Board of Governors.

She said: “I have some very clear aims for what I want to achieve this year as the Student Union President, which includes tackling the very horrible issue we have at University of Manchester of sexual assault.”

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

“Working for the UN in law or consultancy, involved in community leadership, and having achieved a lot of the aims I’ve set out.”

8. Dylan Kawende

Dylan Kawende


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The 24-year-old is studying for an MA in Law with Senior Status at Cambridge University. His first degree was History and Philosophy of Science (BSc) at UCL.

As the British-born son of Congolese-Rwandan refugees, getting to Cambridge University was a dream come true for Dylan and his family. Between May and June 2020, he successfully raised over $106,000 to complete Law with Senior Status at Cambridge University.

Last December he founded OmniSpace – an EdTech startup – to help humanity thrive by empowering individuals and teams to achieve their most ambitious goals.

In March 2018, Dylan secured the role of President of UCL Law for All (LfA).

He was personally awarded the Societies Centenary Colours Award by UCL Students’ Union for ‘three years of exemplary service’.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

“As a qualified barrister and running a successful business in the tech space.”

9. James Appiah

James Appiah



James, 19, is in his second studying Human, Social, and Political Sciences (BA) at Cambridge University.

James co-founded the student-led investment club Black Ivy Partners. He uses his creative skills to help build the platform which makes finance news more digestible for young people.

He is a Junior Speaker for Pembroke Politics and earlier this year, took on the role of Access Officer for Cambridge Union.

He started Elevation Policy, a student-led think-tank with a current focus on the long-lasting effects of Covid-19.

During lockdown, James created the ‘Elevation Call’, hosting nine webinars.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

“In a senior position at a bank, running an investment fund and involved in political debates and free speech.”

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