7.Rahmon Agbaje, 20
School: University of Warwick
Course: Philosophy, Politics and Economics (BA)
Grade Average: 2:1
Rahmon is the co-founder of Keakie. com, an artificial intelligence-powered music and youth culture digital media platform which unearths the next big thing by showcasing music from and interviews with upcoming/underground artists to introduce them to new audiences. Drake collaborator Jorja Smith, BBC Music Sound of 2017 winner Ray Blk, Brit-nominated singer Nao and US sensation Khalid, are just some of the artists Keakie has championed. Keakie is different to other urban music websites in that it tracks user activity patterns and then curates what is presented to them on subsequent visits based on this information. As of August 2017, Keakie has received over 1.7 million content impressions, 216,000 total page views and 174,000 page views on their news articles.
It has also received over 81,000 unique users since the launch of what is a tester site, since November 2016. To keep the site updated regularly Keakie has a team of contributors and part of Rahmon’s role includes overseeing up to 25 voluntary writers. The Keakie brand also includes a radio show, the Keakie Breakdown, which actually proceeded the website (launched in January 2016) and is broadcast via online teen radio station Wizardradio.com, which is owned by Universal Music. The show, which discusses topical issues affecting young people as well as showcasing new and exciting mainly UK artists peaked with an average of over 46,000 weekly listeners an hour in January 2017. Rahmon is also the project manager for the Keakie Breakdown and is responsible for discovering and training the show’s hosts, offering direction on how best to target Keakie’s wide-ranging demographic.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I’ll be a media mogul and also starting a political career to change the way black people are represented in society.