WorldRemit and CMG   13 August 2018

WorldRemit was proud to be the sponsor of the first CMG African Diaspora Awards. It celebrates the lives and work of people who create a positive legacy for their wider community. People like Dr Tunde Okewale MBE.

Tunde’s story echoes that of our founder, Ismail Ahmed. So we’re delighted to share his story here. It reveals how, like Ismail, he has found and shared real success, despite facing the challenges of juggling studies, personal and family responsibilities.

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Dr Tunde Okewale MBE grew up in a council estate in Hackney, East London. He was the eldest of four children and was the first in his family to go to university and get a degree. Whilst studying, Tunde took on numerous part-time jobs to help with household bills. Unfortunately, this impacted his academic pursuits resulting in lower grades than he hoped for. Career advisors and others told him that he’d never make it.

Despite this setback, he continued to work in the community and was invited to deliver a workshop for the Greater London Authority. Thanks to his excellent performance, he then was invited to become a director of the charity and was awarded a meritorious scholarship to attend bar school.

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Not only did Tunde eventually qualify as a barrister, working at a major Chambers, but in 2010, he also founded a charity organisation called Urban Lawyers. This is a multi-media education and information centre designed to educate, engage and stimulate discussion amongst young people about their attitudes towards criminal law, policing and personal responsibility. It also provides resources, information and opportunities for young people to secure work and/or experience in the legal profession.

His remarkable journey has inspired many young people from backgrounds similar to his own and through his inspirational charity, Tunde has helped at least 7,000 students achieve and attain their career goals. Urban Lawyers has also helped to educate at least 10,000 people on their legal rights. It’s been accomplished through a range of activities at multiple universities across the UK from Nottingham Trent University to Kings College, London.

Tunde is also a patron for Hackney Community Law Centre and Bristol Bar Society.

Here Tunde shares his experience and his advice to young people looking to pursue their goals and overcome obstacles.