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The best kept secret in music


"Tottenham student's royal ambition"

A THRONE of sorts is beckoning for a Tottenham undergraduate hoping to be crowned king in a competition that is a fresh take on the traditional beauty contest.

Fisayo 'Fizzie' Olajide, 20, of Bruce Grove, will represent Brunel University, in Uxbridge, in the Afro Caribbean Society's Kings and Queens competition held this Saturday.

The financial computing student will go head-to-head with seven other male competitors representing universities in the south of England including Bedfordshire, Roehampton, in Surrey, and Brighton.

But instead of just being judged on their good looks, a total of students will also be judged on their smarts and social conscience over a course of gruelling rounds.

Fizzie said: “It has already been more than a compliment to be nominated to represent Brunel and it would be a real honour to win the competition. I think I have a good chance but I'm not getting my hopes up.

“Just being considered as a role model is enough of an endorsement that I am on the right path.”

As well as uni work, the ex-Northumberland Park Community School pupil is also carving out a career as a musical performer, and hopes to recreate the success of Hip Hop star Kanye West.

But it was his academic ability that first got the 20-year-old into the headlines.

Fizzie was singled out after achieving 9 high passes at GCSE after turning his back on what he describes as “a bit of a delinquent” lifestyle.

He was excluded from his secondary school just before he sat the exams but after realising the value of an education, was given a second chance and came up trumps.

The royal hopeful said: “Growing up in Tottenham has had its drawbacks.

“It can be hard to stay focused when people around you are trying to distract you or drag you down to their level. But there are opportunities for young people living here, you just need to have the strength of character to take them if that is what you want.”

He added: “I do understand that it is difficult for some more than others, but we all make our own choices.

“I would advise any young person to consider going to university whether it's as a plan a or as a plan b. You need to be doing something constructive with your time and there's nothing more constructive than getting an education and improving yourself.

“It is true that I want to work in the music industry but I also want to own and manage my own businesses and my degree will help me achieve that.”

Fizzie is the eldest of four siblings and lives at home with his supportive parents which he says he considers a blessing.

“I don't think it is essential for a young man to have a father figure but I think it helps,” he said.

“My father is my role model, not that I would tell him that, but he's a cool character who takes everything in his stride. I definitely got a lot of my charisma from him and I've stolen a couple of his dance moves too.”

As well as taking home the crown, the winner will also get a holiday for two to one of five exotic destinations, and will also dedicate some of their time as a spokesperson for the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust.

The charity helps to raise awareness of the need for more black and mixed race donors on the UK bone marrow register.

The event will be held this Saturday at Oceans Music Arena, 270 Mare Street, London. - Elizabeth Pears


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Fizzie, hailing from North London is a musical artist specialising in Hip Hop, Rap, Grime, R 'n' B, Funky, Pretty much anything he can get his hands on.

Despite being a fresh face in the industry, Fizzie has gained valuable experience from an array of productions/showcases including performances in Notting Hill Carnival (Europe’s biggest street festival), Tottenham's Annual Carnival and most recently, a university showcase where Fizzie was said to be "the highlight of the evening - bringing charisma and energy to the stage". He has been on tour recently, Hamburg supporting Afrikan Boy, a Protégé of Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam, better known by her stage name M.I.A. He has over 2,000 members in his Facebook support group and is believed to have a bright future in the music industry with the right help.

The plan for Fizzie's career is for him to become an established artist in the United Kingdom and Europe sharing his musical poetry with a diverse audience. He will use his debut album and singles from it to gain recognition as a mainstream artist. As Fizzie stated in his freestyle track "I need capitol, in order to have my name in capitals, on billboards, flyers and overseas just to cap it all" illustrating his ambitious nature.

Fizzie brings a breath of fresh air to the competitive scene and believes "To be successful, you have to have your heart in the business, and the business in your heart". He is committed to entertaining audiences regardless of who they are.

Fizzie is "A deep thinker with a wild imagination, quick wit and a sharp tongue, capturing the attention of many". A humble young man raised by conscientious parents, who explained the complexities of life to him, making a large contribution to his musical material enjoyed by a diverse crowd today.