Last September to open the IAA’s Frankfurt Motor Show, in front of an audience of a few hundred, I interviewed Lewis Hamilton. It was surreal for many reasons – I’m not a petrolhead, it was my second time on the stage at the event. And obviously, I was interviewing THE Lewis Hamilton.
Fast forward less than a year and the world has changed a fair amount. A pandemic. Millions of people have started to realise that Black Lives Matter. A note in my inbox from Lewis about a Hamilton Commission he’d set up.
I’m always banging on about how STEM can only grow in popularity if it’s part of popular culture. Folks from outside our bubble need to have a bit of STEM on their platforms – from music videos to TV shows. So, I’m more than pleased to be working alongside an international British racing driver legend on a project showing that STEM is for all, and especially for Black people, via the lens of Motorsport.
My fellow Commissioners include the fantastic Dr Nike Folayan MBE, Chi Onwurah MP, Izzy Obeng and George Imafidon (who before you ask, isn’t my biological brother). We’re being led by Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE and Lewis Hamilton MBE. And we have 9 months!