Monday, 19 January 2009
Lewis Iwu is the first black president of the University of Oxford's student union and the current world university debating champion. He is tipped in many quarters as a possible British prime minister one day.
Iwu was elected president of the union in 2007 and took up his post in June 2008. About 3,500 students voted in the election and Iwu beat his nearest rival, Olivia Bailey, by 450 votes.
Weeks after becoming president of the union, Iwu won the world university debating championship with his debating partner, Samir Deger-Sen, then an Oxford student. Victory was particularly sweet because they set a world record by winning the debate with 25 points - the previous best had been 24.
Iwu who grew up in Newham - one of the capital's most deprived boroughs - went to St Bonaventure's in Forest Gate, a boy's comprehensive with one of the best records in London for getting black pupils into university,
22 year old Iwu is most definitely one to watch.