RARE  RISINGSTARS 2012 The UK’s Top 10 Black Students
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No. 5


George Mpanga

University of Cambridge
BA Politics, Psychology and Sociology
Poetry and social enterprise
George Mpanga

Hailing from North West London via Uganda, George juxtaposes his experiences of an African heritage, an inner city upbringing, and life as a Cambridge undergraduate to create social commentary through poetry. When he performs, he goes by the name George The Poet and is committed to using his creative spin on real life issues to engage and inspire students.

�I have a voice and a bright future and I want to spread the light.�

In early 2012, George was announced as a winner of The Stake, an online competition organised by Barclays Bank and Channel 4, inviting young people aged between 16 and 21 to submit business ideas with a positive community focus. George fought off competition from over 1,000 other applicants to win a share of the �100,000 prize.

He plans to use his �16,000 award to create �The Jubilee Line�, a series of poetry workshops for secondary school students across London and his success was featured in The Evening Standard, as well as on the Barclays and Channel 4 websites.

�I feel like I�m in a unique position to relate to and inspire my peers.�

Currently the subject of a TV documentary due to be released later this year, George has recorded online performances for LinkUp TV and Grime Daily � the UK�s most visited urban website. The straight A and A* grade student has also dazzled live audiences at sold out venues up and down the country and recently caught the eye of music producer Naughty Boy who has worked with the likes of Emeli Sand� and Chipmunk. He looks set to grab the attention of many more people in the future.

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