Stormzy will take the stage at Oxford University to deliver a speech to students on striving for success. Taking to the podium on 7 March, the Shut Up rapper will provide inspiration and motivational pointers based on how he has risen to the top of his musical career.
The East London MC, real name Michael Omari, admits that having the opportunity to inflect positivity at the prestigious school is a dream come true. Clearly enthused about the speech, Stormzy said in a statement: "It's an honour to be asked to speak at such a prestigious establishment.
"In school, all my teachers and my mum were super routing for me to study at Oxford, I picked music as a career choice and this didn't sit to well with them! So to be asked to come down and speak to the students there is a true tale of destiny giving you the right cards."
Abbas Kami, chairman of Oxford Guild, admitted he was thrilled to have Stormzy, 22, on-board as the latest guest speaker to appear at the institution and promised it would be a "fascinating" event. Kami said: "We are delighted to be welcoming to the Oxford Guild such an exciting and high profile a speaker as the one and only Stormzy and expect it to be a fascinating and memorable event and are thrilled that he will be doing an exclusive performance for those attending!"
He added: "We've had a phenomenal reaction from the student body so far with over 1,200 students balloting for places in under 24 hours of announcing it... this is yet another great coup for the Guild which I am proud to see continuing to reach ever higher heights."
Fans of Stormzy who are not able to attend can watch from the comfort of their own home via Periscope, where the speech will live-streamed from 8pm GMT. The grime MC will follow-on from the likes of rapper Kanye West and Transformers actor Shia LaBeouf who are among the famous faces to have delivered speeches in the past.
Stormzy has enjoyed phenomenal triumphs over the last year, including making UK chart history in September 2015 when his freestyle WickedSkengMan 4 entered at number 18 becoming the first freestyle in history to feature in the top 40. The rapper then launched a campaign to get his single Shut Up to claim the Christmas number one spot and although it missed out, the track scored Stormzy's highest-charting song to date sitting at number eight.