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the team

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Executive
Team

The leaders of Thinking Black's mission, vision and partnership strategies

Mentors and Volunteers

The teachers and tutors that deliver Thinking Black's radical educational vision

Hope Oloye
 

Founder and Chair

Hope founded the Afro-Caribbean Tyler (ACT) Prize, the predecessor to Thinking Black, while completing her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Pembroke College, Oxford. During a year at New York University, Hope developed a vision of multiple radical programmes, engaging students at all stages of secondary school. In 2020, she launched Thinking Black to preside over this suite of programmes, leading the organisation and all its activity.

Alongside running Thinking Black, Hope is pursuing a PhD at University College London; her research is within the cross-disciplinary study of brain and behaviour in the real world, and is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

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Victor Ajuwon
 

Vice Chair

Victor was a founding member of the ACT Essay Prize, providing expertise and support whilst completing his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at Merton College, Oxford. Alongside co-directing the Thinking Black organisation and all its programmes, he is pursuing a PhD in Animal Cognition at the University of Oxford, funded by the BBSRC.

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Ebubechi Amanda Okpalugo
 

Head of Communications

Ebubechi was a member of the initial ACT Essay Prize team, as a mentor, workshop leader and social media coordinator whilst completing her undergraduate degree in Medical Sciences at Pembroke College, Oxford.

As well as being in charge of the outwards facing aspect of Thinking Black, she is completing her medical degree at Oxford University, and acts as the Deputy Editor of Onyx Magazine for budding Black writers and creatives.

the executive team

 

Hope Oloye
 

Founder and Chair

Hope founded the African Caribbean Tyler (ACT) Prize, the predecessor to Thinking Black, while completing her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Pembroke College, Oxford. During a year at New York University, Hope developed a vision of multiple radical programmes, engaging students at all stages of secondary school. In 2020, she launched Thinking Black to preside over this suite of programmes, leading the organisation and all its activity.

Alongside running Thinking Black, Hope is pursuing a PhD at University College London; her research is within the cross-disciplinary study of brain and behaviour in the real world, and is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

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Ephraim Conteh

Treasurer

Ephraim previously served as senior coordinator and mentor coordinator on the initial ACT essay prize team, during the completion of his undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Worcester College, Oxford. Whilst studying for the Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP Law School, Ephraim now serves as the treasurer of Thinking Black, overseeing the long-term and short-term budgetary and financial management goals of the organisation.

Georgina Ramsay
 

Secretary

Georgina was a mentor for the initial ACT Essay Prize Team whilst completing her undergraduate degree in English and French at The Queen’s College, Oxford. Alongside facilitating Thinking Black's external communications and internal administration, Georgina is pursuing a MA in Comparative Literature and Critical Theories at the University of Birmingham.

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Ebubechi Amanda Okpalugo
 

Facilitator Liason

Ebubechi was a member of the initial ACT Essay Prize team, as a mentor, workshop leader and social media coordinator whilst completing her undergraduate degree in Medical Sciences at Pembroke College, Oxford.

As well as hiring and managing a team of lecturers and seminar leaders for Thinking Black, she is completing her medical degree at Oxford University and acts as the Deputy Editor of Onyx Magazine for budding Black writers and creatives.

Ava Scott
 

Student Liason

Ava mediates the circulation of resources and materials with our students. After completing her degree in Human Sciences at Hertford College, Oxford, she joined Beauhurst and immersed herself in the world of British equity investment and venture capital.
 In October 2020, she will start a PhD at UCL in the Ecological Study of the Brain, whilst continuing her work at Beauhurst.

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Victor Ajuwon
 



Victor was a founding member of the ACT Essay Prize, providing expertise and support whilst completing his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at Merton College, Oxford. Alongside co-directing the Thinking Black organisation and all its programmes, he is pursuing a PhD in Animal Cognition at the University of Oxford, funded by the BBSRC.

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Kami Jogee
 

Year 8 Art History Programme Coordinator


Kami Jogee is an MA History of Art graduate based in London. She is the designer of Thinking Black's Year 8 Art History Programme.
 

Largely inspired by her diverse African, Caribbean, British and Asian background, much of her research focuses on the intersection between art and postcolonial theory. The exclusionary white, male footprint of the art world and its perpetuation of racial and gendered stereotypes are key themes she unpicks in her work. Her master’s thesis examined Afrofuturism in the art of Chris Ofili and Black Audio Film Collective. In it, Kami was able to explore the cultural legacies of colonialism, identity and issues of representation against the backdrop of the cultural politics of the 1990’s.

Hope Oloye
 

Founder and Chair 

Hopeoloye@thinkingblack.co.uk

Hope founded the African Caribbean Tyler (ACT) Prize, the predecessor to Thinking Black, while completing her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Pembroke College, Oxford. During a year at New York University, Hope developed a vision of multiple radical programmes, engaging students at all stages of secondary school. In 2020, she launched Thinking Black to preside over this suite of programmes, leading the organisation and all its activity.

Alongside running Thinking Black, Hope is pursuing a PhD at University College London; her research is within the cross-disciplinary study of brain and behaviour in the real world, and is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

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Ephraim Conteh

Treasurer

Ephraim previously served as senior coordinator and mentor coordinator on the initial ACT essay prize team, during the completion of his undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Worcester College, Oxford. Whilst studying for the Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP Law School, Ephraim now serves as the treasurer of Thinking Black, overseeing the long-term and short-term budgetary and financial management goals of the organisation.

Georgina Ramsay
 

Secretary

Georgina was a mentor for the initial ACT Essay Prize Team whilst completing her undergraduate degree in English and French at The Queen’s College, Oxford. Alongside facilitating Thinking Black's external communications and internal administration, Georgina is pursuing a MA in Comparative Literature and Critical Theories at the University of Birmingham.

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Ebubechi Amanda Okpalugo
 

Facilitator Liason

Ebubechi was a member of the initial ACT Essay Prize team, as a mentor, workshop leader and social media coordinator whilst completing her undergraduate degree in Medical Sciences at Pembroke College, Oxford.

As well as hiring and managing a team of lecturers and seminar leaders for Thinking Black, she is completing her medical degree at Oxford University and acts as the Deputy Editor of Onyx Magazine for budding Black writers and creatives.

Ava Scott
 

Student Liason

Ava mediates the circulation of resources and materials with our students. After completing her degree in Human Sciences at Hertford College, Oxford, she joined Beauhurst and immersed herself in the world of British equity investment and venture capital.
 In October 2020, she will start a PhD at UCL in the Ecological Study of the Brain, whilst continuing her work at Beauhurst.

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Victor Ajuwon
 



Victor was a founding member of the ACT Essay Prize, providing expertise and support whilst completing his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at Merton College, Oxford. Alongside co-directing the Thinking Black organisation and all its programmes, he is pursuing a PhD in Animal Cognition at the University of Oxford, funded by the BBSRC.

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Kami Jogee
 

Year 8 Art History Programme Coordinator


Kami Jogee is an MA History of Art graduate based in London. She is the designer of Thinking Black's Year 8 Art History Programme.
 

Largely inspired by her diverse African, Caribbean, British and Asian background, much of her research focuses on the intersection between art and postcolonial theory. The exclusionary white, male footprint of the art world and its perpetuation of racial and gendered stereotypes are key themes she unpicks in her work. Her master’s thesis examined Afrofuturism in the art of Chris Ofili and Black Audio Film Collective. In it, Kami was able to explore the cultural legacies of colonialism, identity and issues of representation against the backdrop of the cultural politics of the 1990’s.

 

Hope Oloye
 

Founder and Chair 

Hopeoloye@thinkingblack.co.uk

Hope founded the African Caribbean Tyler (ACT) Prize, the predecessor to Thinking Black, while completing her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Pembroke College, Oxford. During a year at New York University, Hope developed a vision of multiple radical programmes, engaging students at all stages of secondary school. In 2020, she launched Thinking Black to preside over this suite of programmes, leading the organisation and all its activity.

Alongside running Thinking Black, Hope is pursuing a PhD at University College London; her research is within the cross-disciplinary study of brain and behaviour in the real world, and is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

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Ephraim Conteh

Director of Finance

Ephraim previously served as senior coordinator and mentor coordinator on the initial ACT essay prize team, during the completion of his undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Worcester College, Oxford. Whilst studying for the Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP Law School, Ephraim now serves as the treasurer of Thinking Black, overseeing the long-term and short-term budgetary and financial management goals of the organisation.

Georgina Ramsay
 

Secretary

Georgina was a mentor for the initial ACT Essay Prize Team whilst completing her undergraduate degree in English and French at The Queen’s College, Oxford. Alongside facilitating Thinking Black's external communications and internal administration, Georgina is pursuing a MA in Comparative Literature and Critical Theories at the University of Birmingham.

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Ebubechi Amanda Okpalugo
 

Facilitator Liason

Ebubechi was a member of the initial ACT Essay Prize team, as a mentor, workshop leader and social media coordinator whilst completing her undergraduate degree in Medical Sciences at Pembroke College, Oxford.

As well as hiring and managing a team of lecturers and seminar leaders for Thinking Black, she is completing her medical degree at Oxford University and acts as the Deputy Editor of Onyx Magazine for budding Black writers and creatives.

Ava Scott
 

Student Liason

Ava mediates the circulation of resources and materials with our students. After completing her degree in Human Sciences at Hertford College, Oxford, she joined Beauhurst and immersed herself in the world of British equity investment and venture capital.
 In October 2020, she will start a PhD at UCL in the Ecological Study of the Brain, whilst continuing her work at Beauhurst.

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Victor Ajuwon
 



Victor was a founding member of the ACT Essay Prize, providing expertise and support whilst completing his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at Merton College, Oxford. Alongside co-directing the Thinking Black organisation and all its programmes, he is pursuing a PhD in Animal Cognition at the University of Oxford, funded by the BBSRC.

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Kami Jogee
 

Year 8 Art History Programme Coordinator


Kami Jogee is an MA History of Art graduate based in London. She is the designer of Thinking Black's Year 8 Art History Programme.
 

Largely inspired by her diverse African, Caribbean, British and Asian background, much of her research focuses on the intersection between art and postcolonial theory. The exclusionary white, male footprint of the art world and its perpetuation of racial and gendered stereotypes are key themes she unpicks in her work. Her master’s thesis examined Afrofuturism in the art of Chris Ofili and Black Audio Film Collective. In it, Kami was able to explore the cultural legacies of colonialism, identity and issues of representation against the backdrop of the cultural politics of the 1990’s.

Tumi Mary Ogundamisi

 

Content Development

 

Tumi is an undergraduate student at St Hildas College, Oxford studying psychology and linguistics. Whilst applying for Oxford, Tumi was a participant in the ACTyler Prize and now is involved in several initiatives surrounding access including work with mental health charity States of Mind looking at educational inequality as well as access work within the Oxford ACS. She will be working with the content development team to help produce resources for future programmes.  

mentors and volunteers

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Our mentors are central to Thinking Black's vision.

Over the last two years we have recruited and trained over 50 Oxford undergraduate students to deliver our radical programmes of Black thought and scholarship. The mentors provide dedicated tutorial sessions to each participating student, where the participants' ideas, argument, and writing are guided and honed.

These processes of feedback and dialogue center students' voices; Thinking Black is proud to offer these tutorials, which are key to an Oxbridge education but
 seldom inclusive to all students.

Thinking Black 

A Decolonial and Interdicisplinary Education Project 

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Centering, platforming and celebrating

young Black voices since 2017

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