Ike Chioke Rhodes National Secretary for West Africa

Ike Chioke, Our GMD appointed the Rhodes National Secretary for West Africa.


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The Rhodes Trust has announced new Rhodes Scholarships for West Africa. Young people aged 19-25 from across all countries in West Africa will be eligible for the new Scholarships. The new Scholarships will make it possible once again for citizens of Nigeria and Ghana to win the Scholarship.


The new round of applications will open in early summer 2017, and potential candidates should go to www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/apply.


This historic event is being celebrated in Lagos at an event hosted by Charles Conn, CEO of the Rhodes Trust, and attended by international and West Africa donors, and university leaders, who have generously supported the new Scholarships.


The Rhodes Trust – the preeminent international scholarship programme established at Oxford University in 1903 – selects creative young leaders with a commitment to serving others. In the century since the establishment of the Rhodes Scholarships, the Trust has convened a community of extraordinary people who share a history of enriching their communities, pioneering in their chosen fields, and applying the knowledge and experience acquired as Scholars to the betterment of society.


The new West Africa scholarships are part of a wider geographic expansion of the Rhodes Scholarships. The total number of Scholarships awarded each year will increase from 83 to 95, including new Scholarships in China, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Palestine, Syria, the United Arab Emirates and West Africa. This increases the number of Rhodes Scholars studying at the University of Oxford at any one time to approximately 250. The expansion into these regions marks a historic moment for the Rhodes Trust, and further strengthens the international Rhodes community.


Charles Conn, CEO of the Rhodes Trust, commented: “Our aspiration is to identify and support innovative, energetic and ethical young leaders in West Africa.   We see the value of additional cultural diversity in our cohorts of Scholars every day and they learn from each other in profound ways. The new Rhodes Scholars from West Africa will contribute significantly through sharing their skills, experiences and energy with their peers at Oxford and we look forward to welcoming them to Rhodes House in October 2018.


Ike Chioke, Managing Director of Afrinvest (West Africa) Limited and a Rhodes Scholar, has been appointed as the Rhodes National Secretary for West Africa. Also named Strategic Adviser for the West Africa region is Tope Folarin, award-wining writer and a former spokesperson for Google.


On the choice of Chioke as National Secretary for West Africa, Conn noted: “For many years Ike has been such a strong supporter of the reinstatement of the Rhodes Scholarship for West Africa. That, coupled with his knowledge of Nigeria, Ghana and the entire sub-region, makes him the standout choice for the role. His sterling reputation, deep insight, vast network and unwavering commitment will, no doubt, be very crucial as we implement together the important mission of reinstating the Rhodes Scholarships for exceptional students in West Africa.”


The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting exceptionally bright students from around the world to study at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. It is the oldest and the most prestigious international scholarship programme in the world, which aims to nurture public-spirited leaders for the world’s future.