18 July 2018
Lancaster student Chiedozie Nwafor has been named as one of the top ten Black Students in the UK in the Rare Rising Stars Awards.

Chiedozie, who is studying an MSc in Biomedicine, won second place in the annual awards which were judged by Trevor Philips OBE, Jean Tomlin OBE and Sophie Chandauka. 

He said: “I am extremely excited with this award. It shows that with hard work, diligence and determination we can break barriers and attain limitless success.

“My sincere gratitude goes to my lecturers at Lancaster University, my family and of course the organisers of this award whom I highly commend their efforts in showcasing Black Excellence especially among the youth community. As much as this excites me, it also reminds me of the responsibilities that lies ahead. I hope this inspires every young person out there to strive for distinction in whatever they find to do”. 

The awards ceremony was at the House of Commons hosted by David Lammy MP, the Former Minister for Higher Education.

A spokesperson for Rare Rising Stars said: “We are privileged to encounter incredibly talented young people on a day-to-day basis and work with clients who really care about changing the face of their sectors. We are also fortunate to work with ambitious students at the beginning of their journey into university and the world of work.” 

Chiedozie develops, designs and implements Community and Public Health Programs aimed at enhancing access to healthcare for underserved populations.

Currently a postgraduate student, his research focuses on evaluating the increased prevalence of human immunologic inflammatory diseases and the impact of helminths in modulating immune response and regulation of intestinal epithelial barrier functions.

In his previous professional roles, he worked with an indigenous health systems consulting firm to implement a PEPFAR funded HIV/AIDS program. He has also served as Program Officer with the Sickle Cell Aid Foundation and Haima Health Initiative in Nigeria.

He is the founder of First Aid First Nigeria Initiative, where he equips young people with life-saving, competence based standard first aid skills necessary for emergency response. A member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, Dozie serves as Community Health Systems Manager with the Abuja hub, leading the hub's frontline efforts in shaping the future of health.

He is an Exxon-mobil scholar (2009), a US Government Mandela Washington Fellow (2017), as well as recipient of the UK Government Chevening scholarship award (2017).