"My success story started when I was given the chance to remotely enrol at Wolsey Hall Oxford to complete A-Level education through the Senior Cambridge School Certificate examination. Here, the door of possibility was truly opened to me. I was soon able to apply for distance learning degrees at London universities. I seized the opportunity and graduated with a BSc in Economics, followed by a LLB in Law. Then I was called to the Bar in England in 1963.
I greatly benefitted from the transformative power of remote learning. By partnering with King’s College London, I am able to reach even more Africans like me, breaking down the barriers and increasing their access to high quality education.
My contribution is a way of reciprocating what I benefitted from on the unique and praiseworthy External Degree Programme in the 1960s. Without that opportunity I certainly would have ended up an unsung farmer or, at best, the secretary of the local Motor Union.
Education is the unquestionable panacea to ignorance, poverty, extremism, religious bigotry, and tribalism, among other vices. King’s shares my belief in the power of education for the under-privileged. Our aim is to not only break down barriers for African youth, but to encourage in them leadership attributes, creative skills, and an entrepreneurial mindset to go forth and build strong systems for generations to come. It’s all about fighting against the status quo as a joined-up team – where, together, we can make the impossible, possible."
Aare Afe Babalola
Founder of Afe Babalola & Co (Emmanuel Chambers) and Pro-Chancellor of Afe Babalola University