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Gang leader to graduate: Nequela Whittaker’s tale of resilience

Nequela Whittaker was once a gang leader in south London.

At 17 she was sentenced to four years in a Scottish prison. She was released aged 20 and has turned her life around.

Nequela now has a degree, and works at a youth club with young people in danger of getting into trouble.

She explains how resilience has helped her get through the challenges in her life.

Nequela is a guest on the Woman's Hour New Year's Day programme. You can listen to it via BBC Sounds or the Woman's Hour website.

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