Stormzy aka Michael Omari left his teachers disappointed when he decided to turn his back on a prestigious academic career to pursue a life as a musician instead – but the decision paid off. Since releasing his debut EP Dreamers Disease two years ago, the 24 year old South Londoner has won five MOBOs, (he was the first winner of the Mobo’s first Best Grime Act award). In addition he has toured the world, won Best International Artist at the BET Awards, performed as the first unsigned rapper on Jools Holland’s Late show, and become the first unsigned rapper to feature on the BBC Sound Of… list - selling almost a million records and making history by sending two grime freestyles into the UK chart top 20 for the first time. As a multi platform creator he made his film debut in 2016 starring in Brotherhood, the final instalment of Noel Clarke’s movie trilogy.
He continues to defy all conventional expectations as an independent artist from the streets of South London - being honoured with the 'Person of the Year' award at the Oxford African and Caribbean Society's Annual Access Conference. A strong advocate for young black people in higher education, he also supports the #BlackExcellence campaign.