Courageous Kenny’s pride as determined law student overcomes trauma to achieve BPP University degree
Political commentator Kenny Imafidon has acknowledged it feels “surreal” to be graduating university with a law degree – just four years after he was wrongfully imprisoned having been accused of murder.
Hundreds of students visited the stunning London Guildhall for BPP University’s special graduation ceremony on November 19.
Amongst the excited crowds of graduates was 22-year-old Kenny, someone who has overcome incredible odds to achieve a 2:1 in his LLB (Hons) degree.
Hard-working Kenny’s remarkable achievement comes just four years after he was falsely accused of murder and remanded in custody at Feltham Young Offenders’ Institute at the age of 18.
However, a determined and courageous Kenny refused to let such a harrowing experience affect him as he focused on his education, completing his A-Levels whilst in Feltham, before being acquitted in 2011.
Kenny has also used his personal experience to make a positive difference in communities by becoming a political commentator and government advisor to help people escape gangs.
A recipient of a three-year Amos Bursary BPP Scholarship, dedicated to empowering state educated young men of African and Caribbean heritage to realise their career ambitions, he undertook a law degree with BPP University Law School having successfully completed BPP University’s Pathway to Higher Education Certificate in Legal Studies.
And on November 19, Kenny capped off three-years of intensive study with BPP University by celebrating his graduation.
“It was a great feeling to have finally graduated and it actually feels very surreal. Given all the ups and downs in my life, it has been one heck of a journey to get myself to this stage,” said Kenny, an award-winning author of ‘The Kenny Reports’ which highlights issues young people face in their communities.
“I am really relieved that I finished the course as it has been a very tough and challenging three years, particularly with balancing my law degree with my outside commitments.
“I was counting down the days until the graduation ceremony. I could not wait to throw that cap off my head! I know that moment meant so much to my mother too.”
Kenny’s success comes just months after younger brother, George, celebrated three As at A-Level in maths, physics and chemistry and secured a university place.
“My family are extremely proud of the both of us and my mum is over the moon,” said Kenny, who was named as Britain’s most outstanding Black Student in the UK receiving the Rare Rising Star award in 2014.
“Our mum has sacrificed so much for us and for any parent to see the fruits of their labour must be an unexplainable feeling. To me, George is the real superstar and I believe he will go on to achieve many great things that I could not.”
Graduate Kenny will now be using his degree to help push forward ground-breaking research via his statistics company, ClearView Research, as well as continue his campaign ‘Bite The Ballot’ to get political education on the national curriculum.
“Bite The Ballot is an extremely important campaign as I feel that nobody should go through the school system not knowing or understanding the political world around them. Pupils need to know how politics affects their daily lives as well as how they can hold decision-makers accountable and influence them into make the best decisions for their community,” added Kenny.
Professor Amanda Blackmore, Deputy Vice Chancellor of BPP University and Dean of its School of Foundation & English Language Studies, said: “Kenny is an inspirational young man, a great role model and we are proud that he has studied with BPP University.
“Despite the trauma of early events that could have held others back, Kenny has shown that through determination and hard work, it is possible to achieve your dreams in higher education and beyond.”
Paul Evans, Deputy Dean of BPP University School of Foundation & English Language Studies, added: “Kenny’s achievements cannot be understated. He has matured into someone who I really believe will make a difference in the world.”