Amwene Etiang

Maria large19 years old, attending the University of Bristol, UK. Amwene was awarded a Beacon Scholarship in May 2021.

Amwene is studying towards a LLB in Law, having achieved A*AA in Religious Education, Economics and History in her A-Levels at St Andrew’s School, Turi, where she won the Turi Leadership Award with highest distinction in 2020.

Amwene is an exceptional sporting talent and a gifted tennis player, having had trials for the National Tennis Team in 2020. In her swimming, she has been held up as the “benchmark of excellence and hard work for others”. She also made great contributions in law and debating as part of the Law Society.

Amwene is a former House Prefect, Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper and has also made great contributions in law and debating as part of the Law Society. She is excellent at motivating and helping others and has the courage to make decisions. She won the school prize for being the best student ambassador who is willing to work hard without seeking glory. At the start of 2021, Amwene set up a company, selling healthy, Ugandan-resourced bakes.

Amwene has a passion for social justice and has shown interest and excellent research in changing mindsets and practices regarding FGM in Samburu. She is passionate about African history; she spends about 7 hours a week on her blog about African history (Akoru) and aims to investigate the parts (non- and pre-European) of African history not taught in school.

Beacon Workshop Participation

As a new Beacon Scholar, Amwene spoke about her service activities. She volunteered with Let's Play Tennis Uganda as a tennis coach and introduced slots within the programme for the children to read.