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University of Warwick graduates named Future Leaders

Graduate Tonica Hunter (first on left) has been named as one of the top ten outstanding black graduates in the UKA talented University of Warwick graduate has been named in the top ten of the Future Leaders: 100 of Britain’s Most Outstanding Black Students magazine.

Tonica Hunter, who graduated with First in French and German, leads the way for Warwick in the publication, and is joined by Eli Gemegah, Mary Kyobula, Channon Zhangazha, Dawit Isak and Mikayla Ward in the top 100.

Miss Hunter also picked up an award for academic achievement at the London Schools and Black Child awards.

London Mayor Boris Johnson, who held a special reception for the 100 graduates, said: “‘I have long held the view that the best way to encourage young people to achieve their dreams is for them to see others, particularly from a similar background to themselves, fulfilling their own ambitions.

“All too often our attention is necessarily drawn to the things that go wrong with our young people – the gangs, the violence, the wasted lives. Yet there is so much that we should be celebrating – the achievements and the contributions that the 99% of our young people are making to society by living positive lives of good character, advancing purposefully towards the goals they are setting for themselves.’

Future Leaders: 100 of Britain’s Outstanding Black Students helps to inspire children from Britain’s African and African Caribbean communities want to go to university. It also aims to smash negative stereotypes of young black people.

The magazine has been distributed to every university and more than 1,000 sixth-form colleges across the UK.

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Caption: University of Warwick graduate Tonica Hunter (first on left) has been named as one of the top ten outstanding black graduates in the UK

For more information contact Luke Hamer, assistant press officer, University of Warwick on 02476 575601, or on 07824 541142. Alternatively email