Chigbo named in Power List

Victoria Hermon - News Reporter 8 October 2009

CUSU President, Tom Chigbo has been named by Power Media on a list of the 100 most influential black people in Britain.

Chigbo, one of thirty students included in the annually published list, ranked alongside lawyers, entrepreneurs, and high-profile politicians.

Chigbo was elected President earlier this year by a large majority after his only competitor, Guolong Li, dropped out amid accusations of homophobia.  His year long term in office started just as Oxford Union’s first black president, Lewis Iwu, finished his. As CUSU’s Joe Farish commented, “it goes to show that not only are ethnic minorities applying and coming to the university, they are also enjoying their time here and being successful”.

Speaking recently to The Guardian, Chigbo was fiercely supportive of Cambridge University, and said that his victory showed the university’s attitude to race had been steadily improving for a sustained amount of time. He has been invited to visit Downing Street to celebrate his inclusion on the list.

Chigbo said: “There are lots of black students in Cambridge doing wonderful things and contributing to student life in a lot of different ways. Highlighting me is very flattering but I hope it serves as a reminder that there are lots of ethnic minorities in Cambridge enjoying their time and being successful.”

Victoria Hermon – News Reporter