These are the words of Oxford postgraduate student Ndakuna Fonso Amidou, who has been named Britain's top black student in the Rare Rising Stars Awards 2016.
Amidou grew up in a village in the North West region of Cameroon, where he didn't start formal schooling until age ten. After taking O Levels in his village school and qualifying as a mental health nurse, he moved to London. He worked for the NHS for five years before studying engineering as an undergraduate at Brunel University, working full‑time as a nurse throughout university to fund his studies.
In 2008, he founded a healthcare clinic in Cameroon in order to address the lack of access to healthcare in rural areas. Today the clinic employs 22 nurses and two visiting doctors, and serves around 100 patients a day.
Amidou is now studying at Oxford with a prestigious Pershing Square Graduate Scholarship and is the first Cameroonian ever to be admitted to the Oxford Internet Institute.
Source: University Of Oxford