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30 exceptional young African leaders awarded 2022 Mandela Rhodes Scholarships

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is very pleased to introduce the 2022 Mandela Rhodes Scholars. The 30 outstanding young leaders in the Class of 2022 are from 14 African countries. We are especially delighted to welcome our first-ever scholars from Somalia and South Sudan.

Published 9 November 2021

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The scholars will undertake postgraduate studies in South Africa, in fields ranging from Education to Human Rights Law and Architecture. They will further their education while becoming part of Nelson Mandela’s legacy of transformative impact through our Leadership Development Programme.

To date we have awarded 588 Mandela Rhodes Scholarships to students from 32 African countries. Our scholarship is open to students from all African countries; we continue to work towards realising Mr Mandela’s vision of developing exceptional leadership capacity for the African continent.

Roll Call of the 2022 Mandela Rhodes Scholars

Full bios are available on our website.

Andre Yvan Zolo Ossou (Cameroon)

Brenda Berriliy Lukong (Cameroon)

Christy Chitengu (Zimbabwe)

Desire Runganga (Zimbabwe)

Elim Shanko (Ethiopia)

Gugulethu Violet Dube (Zimbabwe)

Hannah Dove Akutcha (Ghana)

Ismail Ombo Michael Dumutu (South Sudan)

Karabo Malahleha (South Africa)

Kgomotso Magagula (Swaziland)

Kiwewa Emmanuel (Uganda)

Leina Meoli (Kenya)

Luqman Jama (Somalia)

Michael Blair Ntambi (Uganda)

Mikhaila Steenkamp (South Africa)

Milly Khainza (Uganda)

Musa Sherif (Liberia)

Mwansa Mwansa (Zambia)

Nadia Van Der Merwe (South Africa)

Nicola Chidyaonga (Malawi)

Okello Emmanuel (Uganda)

Reginald Nyakonda (Zimbabwe)

Sagel Kundieko (Congo DRC)

Samantha Osanjo (Kenya)

Sharna Fester (South Africa)

Susan Maina (Kenya)

Telma Bobim-Woh Njuh (Cameroon)

Thobeka Mnisi (South Africa)

Thokozani Mwase (Malawi)

Tshegofatso Realeboga Phatshwane (Botswana)

For further information about the Mandela Rhodes Scholarships, requests for interviews with scholars or staff, or photographs for publication, please contact Communications Officer Ayanda Radebe. Email: ayanda@mrf.org.za Tel: +27 674297932

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is one of Nelson Mandela’s three official legacy organisations. Our purpose is to build exceptional leadership capacity in Africa. We offer a life-changing opportunity for personal growth via a prestigious postgraduate scholarship and Leadership Development Programme, for those who want to use their talents to serve Africa.

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