1536. Ibrahim Ogunleye
Ibrahim Ogunleye, from London, mentors aspiring young musicians from disadvantaged backgrounds through ‘The Record Shop’ where he also performs and hosts events to showcase how he has overcome personal challenges to become a successful artist.
‘The RecordShop’ is a social enterprise, set up in 2015, that aims to bridge the gap between young musicians living in inner-city London and lifestyle brands, which has built a network of over 700 registered users and partnered with global brands including O2 Telefonica, Samsung, Nike, Tottenham Hotspurs and RedBull, helping them reach millennial audiences.
In a personal letter to Ibrahim, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“Thank you for inspiring young people through ‘The RecordShop’.
“You have been a mentor to many talented young musicians and allowed them to realise their potential with skills training and free studio time. Your dedication and positive attitude are a fantastic example to other aspiring musicians.”
“I’m very happy and thankful to be recognised by the Prime Minister and it means so much more because I have been volunteering to support and help others at such a crucial time. It’s an honour. Thank you to The RecordShop for giving me the opportunity to volunteer and earn studio time in order to chase my dreams.”