One of the Grime world’s figureheads, Stormzy, has today alleged that his scholarship, which was a programme created to help young black British students, was rejected by Oxford University.
Stormzy is involved in a host of projects and has continuously been a champion for the young black kids across the UK. One of these projects was his #Merky books, which is an imprint created to help young black writers have a platform to share their work effectively.
At the launch of this event Stormzy, who was appearing alongside poet Benjamin Zephaniah and fellow rapper Akala at the Barbican in London, hinted that his scholarship project – which aims to get young black British students into Cambridge University – was originally knocked back by Oxford University.
Stormzy’s claims were tweeted by journalist Dan Hancox. “Tonight at the Barbican Stormzy revealed that the much-discussed scholarship he’s finding at Cambridge Uni was first proposed to Oxford University, and they told him to get lost?! Incredible.”
Tonight at the Barbican Stormzy revealed that the much-discussed scholarship he's funding at Cambridge Uni was first proposed to Oxford University, and they told him to get lost?! Incredible.
— Dan Hancox (@danhancox) November 7, 2018
basically no, no more detail than what it is in that tweet i'm afraid… 'oxford said no' may be more correct than 'said get lost'. he said: "we tried oxford but they didn't want to get involved… [laughter] so i'm throwing them under the bus now"
— Dan Hancox (@danhancox) November 8, 2018
Wherever he’s sending these students, props must be given to Stormzy for not only talking the talk but walking the walk.