Former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan announced the introduction of new African scholarships in a talk at Exeter College on Monday.

The scholarships will cover full fees and living expenses and will be awarded to three students each year from Ghana, Angola and Nigeria who demonstrate the potential to become future leaders in politics, business or public life.

 

The funding, paid for by Italian oil giant Eni, will allow candidates to study for a one or two year taught Master’s degree at St Antony’s College.

 

Kevin Lindsay, a first year with family in Ghana, said the scholarship is a “sure step in the right direction towards helping to alleviate the problems of the cost of educating Africa’s brightest minds.”

 

University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Hamilton, said, “I am very grateful to Eni for creating this scholarship programme with St Antony’s. Oxford has a proud tradition of undertaking scholarship on Africa, and encouraging scholars from Africa.”

 

Annan came to Oxford to give a lecture entitled “The Future of Africa” as part of Exeter College’s 700th anniversary celebrations. He also  opened a new home for Oxford’s African Studies Centre.