S.R. Nathan – President Singapore
S.R. Nathan was President of Singapore from 1999-2011. Nathan describes in his autobiography, “An Unexpected Journey: Path to the Presidency” how his lack of a formal education was holding him back in his career. “After the war, whilst working, he completed his secondary education through self-study.” It describes how in his twenties he decided to rectify his situation by enrolling on a Wolsey Hall Oxford correspondence course gaining, in 1951, a very respectable Cambridge Grade II certificate. He sadly passed away in August 2016 and was honoured by Singapore as a great president.
Chief Obafemi Awolowo
Chief Obafemi Awolowo (1909-87) studied his Bachelor of Commerce via correspondence with Wolsey Hall Oxford in the 20’s. He later became a Nigerian statesman who played a key role in Nigeria’s independence movement, the 1st and 2nd Republics and the Civil War. In 1949 he founded the Nigerian Tribune, the oldest surviving private Nigerian newspaper. In 1992, the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation was founded in his memory as an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organisation committed to furthering the symbiotic interaction of public policy and relevant scholarship with a view to promoting the development of the Nigerian nation.
G.M. Chambers – Prime Minister Trinidad and Tobago
George Chambers – The second post-independence Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago 1981 -1986. The People’s National Movement records that Chambers’ education included a GCE correspondence course with Wolsey Hall Oxford. He rose to political importance in 1981 by becoming Prime Minister. He carved out his own confident style and vowed to deal with corruption as one of his first pledges on becoming Prime Minister.