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Young Black Brit could be The Sun's next 'Column Idol'

SEARCH FOR A WRITING STAR: Elizabeth 'Yemzi' Akingbade, 19, is one of six finalists in The Sun's search for its next 'column idol'

A BLACK British graduate raised by a white family is one of six finalists in The Sun newspaper's search for its next Column Idol.

Elizabeth Akingbade, known as 'Yemzi', said she would use her own upbringing to tackle the controversial issue of children being adopted or fostered outside of their race.

The 19-year-old creative writing and textiles student at Bath University grew up in Bournemouth after being adopted at ten weeks old.

She told The Sun: "Being fostered, being black, being young and even being female are factors why I often feel under-represented. But I will make sure my unique voice is heard.

"I would like to write a column about the controversial issue of children being fostered or adopted outside of their race.

"There are always babies and children who will be unable to live with their biological parents so it's an ongoing issue as to how these people are re-homed, and currently a very topical one with the changing laws."

Yemzi is planning a transfer to a London course where she feels she will feel less in a minority.

She is one of six aspiring journalists battling for a one-off column in The Sun, in partnership with the Media Trust.

It is an opportunity to have their say on the issues they feel passionately about and will be read by millions.

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