5. NISSY NSILULU, 20
School: University of Cambridge
Course: English (BA)
Predicted grade average: 2:1
Always keen to go into broadcast journalism, at 15, Nissy joined a BBC Hackney Academy workshop, then went on to work with BreakLondon FM as a producer and presenter of her own one-hour weekly show.
It wasn’t long before she was headhunted by Westside Radio London, a station which features up-and-coming talent and has over the years nurtured current mainstream radio personalities such as Ricky Haywood-Williams (Kiss FM) and Pandora Christie (Capital FM). For the past three years Nissy has hosted her own three-hour drive-time show during university holidays, interviewing top music stars such as Stormzy, Meridian Dan and Lemar, and her bubbly and infectious personality is garnering her a strong fanbase. This has been helped by the launch her YouTube channel, Nissy Tee, which houses the slogan ‘Be educated, be beautiful’ and boasts more than 4,500 subscribers.
The channel is aimed at motivating and inspiring others and includes Nissy’s extremely candid v-logs on topics such as what it’s really like being a young black woman studying at Cambridge and other issues affecting young black women in the UK.
Her most popular v-log was her take on being turned away from DISTRKT London nightclub because – as she put it – “I was fat, ugly and black”. The video has received nearly 40,000 views. Nissy is also a burgeoning events host and personality, helming events such as Congo Party in the Park on a regular basis. (Read more about Nissy’s media journey on pg. 61)
As president of Cambridge ACS, Nissy oversees a membership of 80 and stood on a ticket to reinject a sense of fun and community. Part of this has seen her expand the annual student showcase Culturefest, taking ticket sales from 50 last year to 200 this year. Back home in Forest Gate she leads a Bible study group for four to 11-year-olds at her church.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? With my own talk show and my own platform.