2008 Grad - Wumi

By Richie Benson

Envision gave me the confidence to start up on my own. That confidence to know that you are worth something and there's always a part you can play.

    

Envision Project

Wumi and his team organised a "fashion/talent show/music concert" to challenge "postcode wars". They wanted to challenge the rivalry and mistrust among young people from different local areas and bring people from the different areas together. Funds raised from the event went to The Children's Foundation (a charity to help homeless young people.)

 Envision memory

The moment we did the first show: we did the show in a hall in Shoreditch - this was before we all started to notice that Shoreditch was cool - and everybody came down and it was a massive success and I realised we had to do this again and I wanted to continue with this.

A big deal about Envision was meeting people outside of the circle I was in and people outside of school. I wasn't the most popular guy in school: I was the nerdy, arty kid who was a bit too extrovert and got on people's nerves.....and doing this project and getting involved in stuff outside of school, I felt I'd met people who were into what I was into, people I got on with, and I also realised I could make an impact and do something useful. That kind of prepped me for the real world. I met some really good friends through the project. I actually met my first real girlfriend through Envision!

Doing Now

Wumi is a freelance artist and runs an art collective with a friend and fellow Envision graduate, called "Beddow n Battini collective" (named after two of their teachers).

What did you get out of Envision?

Envision helped me to be bold. When I was younger I used to think - how do these events happen, who organises them? Envision helped me to defeat those anxieties you feel as a kid and helped me to understand that if you want to make something happen, a lot of the time it just means making a phone call, going to speak to someone. It's about finding the channels and asking the right questions and going for it.

Envision taught me the value of being on top of things, being organised. The mentors were really good at encouraging us to be organised:  keep a little diary, speak to people, get their numbers, give them a call... that sort of stuff was really encouraging and really useful.

Envision gave me the confidence to start up on my own.  That confidence to know that you are worth something and there's always a part you can play.

I made a bunch of new friends through Envision. It was great for bringing people together,  networking, realising you should value the people within your hemisphere... and I definitely got better at talking to girls.