Teenager wins praise from MP as she competes for national prize
November 22, 2011
Cambridge teenager, Oluwatoyosi Oni has been invited to meet MP Julian Huppert at the House of Commons after winning a place in the final of a national competition for her charity work.
The 16-year-old, known as Toyosi, is a pupil at the city’s St Mary’s School and will compete against two other young people for the prize in the Community section of the Ambition AXA awards.
Julian invited Oluwatoyosi to meet him on Wednesday, November 30 so that he could congratulate her personally and wish her luck as she prepares to take part in the final of the competition at the Royal Courts of Justice that evening.
Toyosi grew up in Nigeria where she founded her first charity, raising money for a local orphanage and educating girls who would otherwise have been sent to work in kitchens. She has also supported those affected by the Haitian earthquake and Rwandan genocide.
She is Deputy Head girl for Charities and Community Outreach at school and has organized fund-raising events for various charities. Toyosi won Best Business Woman, Cambridge in this year’s Young Enterprise competition.
Toyosi’s long-term goal is to become a human rights lawyer and she dreams of becoming President of Nigeria.
Julian said: “I am really looking forward to meeting Toyosi; she is a remarkable young woman and a real inspiration.
“I am so impressed with how much she has achieved at such a young age and I have no doubt that we will be hearing a great deal more about her in the years to come.”
Toyosi is competing for a bespoke mentoring package worth up to £40,000 in the competition which drew entries from across the county for five categories.