Brother of Britain’s top black student aces his A-levels

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THE YOUNGER brother of a young man once named Britain’s top black graduate has proved academic success is in the genes after achieving three As at A-level.

Hardworking George Imafidon, 18, was determined to follow his elder sibling Kenny’s example and pushed himself to achieve the top grades in highly sought-after STEM subjects.

He was rewarded with As in maths, physics and chemistry, securing his place to study mechanical engineering at UCL.

The student from Peckham, south London, who attended Richmond upon Thames College, said he was “really happy” with his results.

The focused teenager said: “I was hoping for an A* in maths and I didn’t get it, but three As is still a blessing and I am really happy with what I’ve achieved.”

He said he felt no pressure from his family to compete with his brother – an award-winning author, entrepreneur and law graduate – but was honoured to have made him proud.

George told The Voice: “I am focused on achieving my own goals but it was important for me to show that Kenny is not the only person from Peckham who can excel. One success story is nowhere near enough, so I hope I can be another role model for people in my area, something that was missing when Kenny and I were growing up.

“While Kenny is definitely someone who is at his best working with people in the community and I am going down the engineering route, we share a similar vision in that respect.”

Kenny, who is passionate about getting young people politically active and is an ambassador for Bite the Ballot, was chosen by judges in 2014 to be Rare Recruitment’s number one ‘Rising Star’.

He was the first person to sit his A-levels while in a youth offenders’ institute awaiting trial for a crime he didn’t commit.

All charges against him were later dropped and he was able to study law and produce an award-winning policy series, The Kenny Reports, and has since set up his own business, ClearView Research Ltd.


PROUD BROTHER: Kenny Imafidon

George, who is currently on an internship with an investment bank, says he is passionate about design and making a product concept a reality.

He added: “I’m really lucky to be good at something that I’m also passionate about. I did engineering at GCSE and got an A* and the highest mark in my entire school.

“A few years ago, not many people were excited about maths and engineering but now people are seeing the possibilities. Education is so important – it’s not everything but it is the first step to other opportunities.

“When I was growing up there was a mindset where making money was the first priority and education was last on the list. Now people see that with education comes power, influence and, as a result, you can make a good living. I’d say to other young people, dare to aim as high as you can, because even if you fall a short of that goal, you won’t fall too far from something great.”

His proud sibling was one of the first to offer his public congratulations, writing on his Facebook page: “Over the moon that my brother George Imafidon got 3 As and will be going to UCL!

“You’re truly destined for greatness, bro. I’m so proud of you on a real. Words can’t explain. I pray you do better than me in all areas of your life. Your hard work really paid off and has always inspired me to work harder. ?#?GodIsGood? ?#?Alevelresults? ?#?HeOutDoneMe?”

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