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'Phenomenal' demand for Stormzy's Oxford University talk


FOLLOWING HIS meteoric rise over the last 18 months, MOBO Award-winning rapper Stormzy will share his tips for the top at Oxford University this evening (March 7).

The 22-year-old, who announced his debut US tour last week and is in the midst of working on his first album, will follow in the footsteps of hip-hop stars Kanye West and Lil John and speak with students at the Oxford Guild.

"It's an honour to be asked to speak at such a prestigious establishment,” Stormzy, real name Michael Omari, said. “In school, all my teachers and my mum were super routing for me to study at Oxford. I picked music as a career choice and this didn't sit to well with them! So to be asked to come down and speak to the students there is a true tale of destiny giving you the right cards.”

The critically-acclaimed Oxford Guild Business Society is the UK’s largest and oldest student careers society.

Originally founded in 1897, now with thousands of members and over 80 events a year, the Guild is widely recognised both nationally and across the University as the leading careers-related society.

Events include informative career presentations and case studies which enable students to find out more about different career options from some of the world’s largest companies, to high profile inspirational speakers and networking events where you can meet like-minded individuals.

Chairman, Abbas Kazmi, said he was “delighted to be welcoming to the Oxford Guild such an exciting and high profile a speaker” and expected it to “a fascinating and memorable event and are thrilled that he will be doing an exclusive performance for those attending”.

“We’ve had a phenomenal reaction from the student body so far with over 1,200 students balloting for places in under 24 hours of announcing it,” he said.

“It is very rewarding to see the hard work pay off, and following on from previous successful events, such as Kanye West’s talk last year (which went global and has widely been described as one of the biggest speakers that Oxford and any society in the UK has seen in the past decades), Lil Jon’s fantastic address in May, Nina Kraviz’s event in November and Martin Garrix just a week ago in February, this is yet another great coup for the Guild which I am proud to see continuing to reach ever higher heights”

Stormzy made chart history in September when his freestyle WickedSkengMan 4 charted at number 18 in the UK official singles chart, becoming the first freestyle to ever chart in the UK top 40.

He then went on to break his own record in December when another of his freestyles Shut Up charted at number eight in the UK chart following an online social media campaign for the track to make Christmas No.1. The X Factor’s single charted at No.9.

Shut Up has since gone silver, selling over 330,000 copies to date.

The talk can be streamed live from 8pm GMT.

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