Ndakuna Fonso Amilou, Oxford’s Rare rising star

first_imgOxford postgraduate student Ndakuna Fonso Amilou has been named the best black student in the UK at the Rare Rising Stars awards for 2016.Amilou, a postgraduate student at Green Templeton College and the Oxford Internet Institute, was given the top spot on the list of ten black students during a ceremony at the Palace of Westminster on the July 14.Rare Rising Stars is organised by recruitment agency Rare, which specialises in professional employment for people from ethnic minority backgrounds. Set up eight years ago, it seeks to highlight the exceptional talent of some of the UK’s black students.The students showcased by the award are selected by a panel of judges, which this year was made up by Tom Chigbo, Adrian Joseph, Trevor Phillips OBE, Jean Tomlin OBE and Labour MP David Lammy, the last of whom presented the award.Amiou was born in rural Cameroon. After qualifying as a mental health nurse, he moved to London and worked full time for the NHS whilst studying for a degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Brunel University.After graduation, he founded a clinic in the Cameroonian village of Bessengue, using his own money to cover the start-up costs. The clinic is now run by one of Amiou’s brothers, also a nurse, and treats over 100 patients a day.Amiou went on to work for Motorola and Vodaphone before winning the Oxford Pershing Square Graduate Scholarship to study a 1+1 MSc and MBA in Social Science and the Internet. He is the first Cameroonian to attend the Oxford Internet Institute.Students from Oxford University have often featured on the Rare Rising Stars list in the past. Fourteen Oxford students have been named in the last eight years, three of whom were awarded the top place.last_img read more


first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare IS IT TRUE the sale of the Evansville Thunderbolts has taken another step forward with the help of the Evansville Redevelopment Commission?…the commissioners approved the license agreement with the Ford Center to be transferred over to Venue Works?…this is quite interesting since thus far such deals have been parked with a conveniently crafted company called VW Sports, LLC?…the amended agreement is for the remaining four years, of the five-year agreement that was signed last year with VWSports LLC?  …it has also been reported that Mike Hall “gave” his 10% share of ownership of the Thunderbolts to VenueWorks?…that pretty much establishes the value of the Evansville Thunderbolts at ZERO or less, as an astute businessman like Mr. hall would not “give” away something that had value or potential to ever have value?…the last refuge of cash to keep the delusion of hockey in Ford Center is now the taxpayers of Evansville?…this whole sneaky events of activities should at least merit a forensic audit?IS IT TRUE we have been told that the FBI investigates graft and corruption in local government and in-state and local police departments? …the FBI uses applicable federal laws to investigate violations by public officials in federal, state, and local governments?… a public official is any person elected, appointed, employed, or otherwise having a duty to maintain honest and faithful public service?…most violations occur when the official solicits, accepts, receives, or agrees to receive something of value in return for influence in the performance of an official act?…the categories of public corruption investigated by the FBI include legislative, judicial, regulatory, contractual, and law enforcement?IS IT TRUE that it has been suggested that the University Of Evansville Purple Aces have their eye on hiring Tom Crean to coach the men’s basketball team starting in the 2018-2019 season?…the person who made this suggestion is knowledgable in sports and has opined privately to the CCO that Coach Marty Simmons May be promoted to management after next season to make room for Coach Crean?…the real question is how UE would ever come up with enough of a salary to interest a person who has been knocking down multiple millions of dollars per year for as long as he can remember?…it is doubtful that the total revenue for the Aces has even equalled Coach Crean’s compensation at Indiana University?IS IT TRUE another brick and mortar retailer has filed for bankruptcy?…this time it is the low cost shoe store chain known as Payless?…Payless has been one of the go to places for people of modest means to buy shoes for their growing children?…it is highly probable that the customers of Payless have gone online for their shoe needs?…it is not a good time to own a mall?IS IT TRUE yesterday Pressanykey posted the following  comment that we felt it was worth repeating?  …Pressanykey said; “The Ford Center is a classic case for study, as all these projects take the same path and only the sticker price ever changes. Who lost and is still losing on the Ford Center project? The taxpayers. Who gained on the project? Well since local approval was needed to do the project, a certain amount of the local establishment had to be in line for a payday or the project would never get off the ground. Consulting firms, architects, engineers, attorneys, banks, bond specialists, underwriters, construction firms, insurers, real estate firms………did I leave some out?   …Mix in $127. million price tag, with an additional $100. million in interest, and you have just forged the chains that will bind your grandchildren in tax slavery for a good portion of their life, and for WHAT? We already had an arena with much better parking and ingress and egress, and we could have upgraded that facility for a fraction of what was spent on the Ford Center. In my mind, the Ford Center will always be the poster child for demonstrating the power of the local establishment over the finances of Evansville’s citizens”.FOOTNOTES: Todays “READERS POLL” question is: Do feel that the taxpayers of Evansville should cover the financial losses generated by the ThunderboltsWe urge you to take time and click the section we have reserved for the daily recaps of the activities of our local Law Enforcement professionals. This section is located on the upper right side of our publication.If you would like to advertise or submit and article in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]last_img read more