Alumnus wins Rising Star at Black British Business Awards

Congratulations to School of Chemistry graduate Prince Chakanyuka, who has been named Consumer and Luxury Rising Star Winner at the 2022 Black British Business Awards.

The Black British Business Awards (BBBAwards) is the only premium awards programme of its kind in the UK. Established in 2014, it has been endorsed by three Prime Ministers, the Mayor of London and global business leaders. The annual Awards ceremony confirms the strength of the Black talent pipeline by highlighting the commercial excellence of Black professionals and entrepreneurs, who stand as role models and substantial contributors to the UK economy.

The ninth annual BBBAwards Ceremony recognised the achievements of 36 Rising Stars and Senior Leaders across six industry sectors: Arts and Media, Consumer and Luxury, Entrepreneurs, Financial Services, Professional Services, and STEM. The recipients comprised of professionals and business owners who are working to drive equitable change and championing Black excellence in business.

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Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would live, nevermind win a prestigious award in London! Not because l didn’t want to - but because it’s just not an option to think about if your childhood is spent trying to figure out why your parents are struggling to pay school fees worth £100 a term in Zimbabwe. It’s not a discussion if you have to deal with losing both of them whilst writing your GCSE, depriving you of your right to impress them for excelling despite the financial challenges.

It’s days like this when l look back at my huge support network, a very long list of individuals and organisations who look at me and see my potential, break barriers around me to make sure no label will stop me from reaching milestones beyond my scope of imagination! This award is a thank you to those people for their dedication and commitment to my success.


Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Prince came to the University of Edinburgh as one of six pioneer Mastercard Foundation Scholars. Alongside his studies at the School of Chemistry, Prince took initiative in various extracurricular activities, including representing the University as a Student Ambassador, competing in the Enactus entrepreneurship World Cup Competition in California and achieving three Edinburgh Awards.

After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry in 2020, Prince began working with Proctor & Gamble as a Homecare Business Planner. He is now P&G’s Amazon & Ocado Customer Supply Chain Manager and has extensive experience in supply chain management.

The School of Chemistry and the University of Edinburgh hold a special place in Prince’s heart:

The school of Chemistry was and will always stay an important community for me!