The Scholarship and Access team is a sub-committee of the Oxford University Africa Society, focused on increasing access to African students to Oxford University.
Larona Somolekae is the Co-Head of the Scholarship and Access Committee. She is a student from Botswana pursuing an Msc in Law and Finance. She is the recipient of the St Cross College Worldwide Scholarship (Africa Scholar).
She holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and an LL.B. with Distinction from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Larona is a banking and finance lawyer and her work involves domestic and cross border finance transactions and financial regulatory advice. Larona has worked in Botswana, South Africa (at a leading pan-African law firm) and in the UK (on secondment at a global law firm and global bank).
Temitope Oluwaseyi Ishola (preferred name Oluwaseyi) is an MSc student in African Studies at Oxford University and a member of St Antony’s College. Oluwaseyi recently graduated with a first-class honors in (BE) Economics and African Studies (minor in Statistics) and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Carleton University in Canada. During her time at Carleton University, she served as the co-chair of the undergraduate research conference for the African society, worked as a teaching assistant in the Statistics department and a research assistant and analyst for a professor at York University and NGO respectively. Oluwaseyi is passionate about policies and project ideas that deal with environmental issues and focus on how these issues impact women in agriculture.
As the co-head of scholarships and access committee, she hopes to serve as a mentor and work closely with the team to provide African students with access to more scholarships/funding.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, teaching yoga, and traveling.