Popular Nigerian DJ and music producer Florence Otedola, popularly known as Cuppy has announced the creation of a scholarship fund to support African graduate students pursuing their studies at the University of Oxford.
Upon her graduation from the University of Oxford, Cuppy announced that she is proudly launching, the “Cuppy Africa Oxford Fund” to support and empower any African graduate student of the University.
“The Cuppy Africa Oxford Scholars Fund aims to support future leaders from the continent by enabling them to access the necessary skills, resources, and networks to maximize their impact across Africa and beyond,” says Oxford University. “It will support African graduate students at the University to meet unexpected and urgent financial needs and undertake activities that will ensure the pursuit of excellence in their graduate studies.”
In a statement, Cuppy expressed her pride in launching the Cuppy Africa Oxford Scholars Fund to empower future generations of African graduate students at Oxford University.
“Having just graduated with an MSc degree in African Studies myself, I saw first-hand the variances in university life experiences for students originating from my continent, Africa. The fundamental role that the Cuppy Fund will play is to narrow resource gaps for those who need it the most so they can fully commit to pursuing the education they deserve. The opportunity to study at Oxford is an accomplishment but one fully realised when you are able to complete your course”, she said.
On her social media platforms, she wrote;
“Proud to launch the Cuppy Africa Oxford Fund! I just graduated from Oxford Uni and so this partnership means a lot to me.
This £100,000 gift is in support of African Graduate students. It aims to support future leaders from the continent by enabling them to access the necessary skills, resources, and networks to maximize their impact. Over the next 10 years, my hope.is to support those in their education journeys and reach their full potential during their time at Oxford and beyond”.
Dr Anne Makena, co-director of AfOx, stated: ‘We are absolutely delighted that Cuppy is so generously supporting African graduate students here at Oxford.
“We both share the experience of being African graduate students at Oxford and it is a great honour for AfOx to partner with Cuppy to address some of the unique challenges that African students might encounter during their time at Oxford “.
Cuppy’s big move garnered the following reactions:
veekativhu wrote: “Now THISSSSSS is what it’s all about!!! As a fellow Oxford & LMH graduate I am so proud to see thissssss.-”
wyclefjean: “This makes me happy.” naomi: “Passing it forward !! Congratulations @cuppymusic.❤️❤️”
iamfeyisikemi: “Massive one! Hoping to get this funding through Afox.”