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.
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.