Music student awarded first Richard Antwi Scholarship set up after Kilburn lawyers death

Richard Antwi's sister, Dora Addei with JoJo. Picture: Sam Edrisi.

Richard Antwi's sister, Dora Addei with JoJo. Picture: Sam Edrisi. - Credit: Archant

A young Congolese man is the first to be awarded with a scholarship set up in memory of a Kilburn entertainment lawyer.

JoJo Jocelyn Mukeza, 29, originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has started an MA in music business management after winning the Richard Antwi Scholarship.

Friends of Richard Antwi and the University of Westminster established the scholarship after the popular music lawyer died two years ago aged 38.

Richard, an Oxford University graduate, grew up on the Chalkhill Estate and attended Chalkhill Primary School, both in Wembley, before going on to Kingsbury High School, in Kingsbury.

He has been credited with establishing the musical career of a number of British artists he managed including Lethal Bizzle, Mr Hudson and Melissa Steel.

Jojo’s tuition fees, living expenses, and the opportunity for future work experience is all provided by the scholarship.

He said: “Life can get very tough, but as long as you’re alive, you’re blessed.

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“Just let yourself flow and you will one day reach the ocean.”

Richard Antwi’s sister, Dora Addei, added: “I am excited to see what the future holds for JoJo.

“He was an outstanding candidate amongst a high-calibre crowd.

“My family and I are thrilled that the scholarship will form part of JoJo’s journey.

“This is a moment that we and Richard can be proud of.”

The scholarship has been set up to continue Richard’s legacy of supporting others.

It is supported by key players in the music industry including Sony/ATV and EMI Music publishing, Island Records, Young Turks / XL Recordings, Virgin Records, Polydor, Warner Music Group, Sony Music, Clintons law firm and Simon Stanley.

The scholarship has secured funding until at least 2023.