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A fantastic achievement for DPhil student Toluwalase Awoyemi from Prof Vatish's research group! He is recognised with an Africa 35.35 Award - a celebration of the top 35 leading young changemakers under 35 in Africa in 2020.

A fantastic achievement for DPhil student Toluwalase Awoyemi from Prof Vatish's research group! He is recognised with an Africa 35.35 Award - a celebration of the top 35 leading young changemakers under 35 in Africa in 2020.

The most inspiring young people in Africa

35 young changemakers from Africa and the diaspora hailing from 24 countries made it to the list of the Africa 35.35 Awards celebrating African youth and afro-diaspora excellence.

The Africa 35.35 Awards have announced the 35 under 35 most inspiring young personalities in Africa. It is a prestigious list of 35 young personalities aged 18 to 35 who stand out in Africa and around the world.

Selected from more than 500 applicants, these young people living in Africa and in the Diaspora are credited with exceptional achievements in their communities.

We are extremely proud to say that one of the winners is our Dr Toluwalase Awoyemi, a Rhodes scholar, DPhil student at the Nuffield Department of Women's Reproductive Health, University of Oxford and co-founder of The Ganglion Initiative. This social enterprise aims to improve college admission services and career counseling really early, engaging students in public high schools across Nigeria. It organizes free webinars for admission to foreign scholarships with a fairly remarkable total audience of 2,221 people in the first two editions.

Tolu has also received the “Rare Rising Stars Award 2020” recognizing Britain’s top 10 black students.

Established in 2016, the Africa 35.35 Awards, which are in the fifth consecutive year, represent an annual initiative to celebrate the best innovations coming from young Africans and the Afro diaspora. For Richard Seshie, Commissioner General of the Africa 35.35 Awards: “We want to inspire the greatest number of young Africans to emulate their example." he indicated.

The Africa 35.35 Awards are the brainchild of Association 35.35, a pan-African organization of young professionals in 30 African countries, supported by several institutional partners and the media.

Discover the profiles of Africa’s 35.35 laureates here

Huge congratulations Tolu!