Study UK Alumni Awards

The British Council is pleased to announce the finalists for the prestigious Alumni Awards celebrating the outstanding achievements of the UK’s international alumni, with fourteen awards ceremonies taking place this year in Egypt, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Turkey and the USA. 

Top alumni have been selected from a global total of more than 1200 applicants, many of whom were nominated by their host UK universities. The Study UK Alumni Awards, created by the British Council in partnership with UK higher education institutions, are intended to recognise outstanding success in Entrepreneurism, Professional Achievement, and Social Impact by people who have studied at UK higher education institutions within the last 15 years.

In Nigeria, over 200 applications were received across the three award categories - Entrepreneurial, Professional Achievement, and Social Impact categories. Following a careful review by the panel of judges, 14 finalists were selected across the categories.

They are:



Award Category



Professional Achievement

Mary Stephen

University of Leeds


Tolu Ogunlesi

University of East Anglia


Olanrewaju Akinsola

University of Warwick


Paul Oluikpe

Loughborough University; University of Oxford


Timipre Wolo

University of Aberdeen


Social Impact

Bolaji Abdullahi

University of Sussex


Fatima Oyiza Ademoh

University of Leeds


Mary Dinah

University of Surrey; University of Nottingham


Mfon Ekpo

University of Southampton



Nasir Abdulkadir

Middlesex University


Ehime Eigbe

London Metropolitan University


Adebambo Akani

University of Cambridge


Anas Balarabe Yazid

Imperial College London


Isoken Ogiemwonyi

University of Nottingham; BPP University



Here are the winners for this year:



University of Warwick

Lanre Akinsola is Special Adviser to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing on policy and legal matters. He is responsible for developing policy frameworks for sustainable housing, road sector reform and access to electricity. 

Lanre is working to ensure that Nigeria overcomes its infrastructural challenges through rural electrification, renewable energy, revolving mortgages and dedicated road funds.



Imperial College London

Anas Balarabe Yazid is the Founder of Certis, an educational technology start-up that innovated the Yoda, a solar powered projector, recognised by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that is currently revolutionising learning outcomes in Nigeria.

Anas has helped raised over £150,000 in the form of grants for over ten start-ups through his non-profit organisation Africa Initiative for Entrepreneurial Skills Acquisition and Development (AISAD).

 Anas is now mentoring the next generation of tech entrepreneurs in Nigeria, creating an environmentally sustainable circular economy comprising leather and meat industries in Kano that will increase Nigeria’s employment and foreign earnings in Kano.



University of Leeds

Fatima Oyiza Ademoh is an energy and finance specialist. She currently serves as an entrepreneurship lecturer at Baze University, and the Project Manager for Waste to Watt which is the first biogas mini-grid in the country. In this capacity, she led the conceptualisation of the project and secured the funding.

Fatima intends to pursue a Doctorate degree within the next year with the aim of imparting knowledge to others through research, teaching and conducting projects of interest both in academia and the industry.