Oluwatamilore Oni, a young Nigeria woman, has been awarded the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust (WHT) scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in Public Policy at the University of Oxford, England in the United Kingdom. The Nigeria woman will be joining the 2023 Master of Public Policy cohort at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford as a recipient of the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust. Oluwatamilore bagged her bachelor’s degree in Architecture at Covenant University, Nigeria in 2014 after which she proceeded to the University of Kent for a master of arts degree in Architecture. She worked as a Program Manager at Google before she got accepted to the University of Oxford .
Oluwatamilore, the Nigeria woman shared her achievement of winning the scholarship on her LinkedIn and expressed her gratitude to those who supported her. She thanked the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann for being phenomenal and for their impactful leadership program. She also thanked her friends and colleagues who helped to read her statement drafts, gave her recommendations, shared their experiences, and gave her ideas on what to expect 1.
I recently joined the 2023 Master of Public Policy cohort at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford! There’s much to say about new experiences, bracing for change and seizing the moment. However, I’ve decided to save all that for future posts and focus on flowers-giving for this one.
This entire journey would likely not be happening but for the support of the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust (WHT). Alexandra Henderson, Jane Baldwin and Chuchu Chen have been phenomenal, and I’m grateful. It’s humbling to be part of such an impactful leadership programme.
It would have been difficult to begin this new chapter without Rowan Barnett, Adedapo Oluwatayo, Ore Disu, Joel Straker, Lione Alushula, Khalida Abdulrahim, and Yolanda Mlonzi who encouraged what felt like a far-off dream, read statement drafts, gave recommendations, shared experiences, and prepped me on what to expect.
The biggest bouquet goes to YHWH, who made me, gave me vision, and made it possible.
Over the coming year, I plan to explore how learnings from community-based organisations can inform government policies and precipitate positive social change at scale – with a specific interest in policy for prosperity.
Here’s to a world “better led, better served and better governed”!
Photo reel: (1) about to leave Lagos with tired eyes from 4 days of packing, (2) at my (the best!) college – Keble College, Oxford, (3) Worcester College, Oxford, a beautiful site to get to know my WHT colleagues, (4) with the exceptional 2023 WHT cohort (an amazing group of humans), (5) the 2023 MPP class!! (spot Tamilore), (6) at the BSG building, designed by Herzog & de Meuron (I’ve come full circle in some way 😀 – my Architecture lecturers would be proud!)
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