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51 exceptional young African leaders receive The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship

Published 27 November 2023

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We are pleased to announce the 2024 Mandela Rhodes Scholars. The Class of 2024 is a historic one; they are the 20th cohort of Mandela Rhodes Scholars to be selected since the Foundation was established in 2003. We are proud to have chosen 20 cohorts of leaders in 20 years of work as Nelson Mandela’s official legacy organisation for leadership development in Africa.

The class comprises 51 young leaders from 18 African countries and includes three new countries. We have expanded our reach in West Africa, and, for the first time, we welcome scholars from Mali, Mauritania and Sierra Leone. The scholars will complete postgraduate studies in South Africa, in disciplines as diverse as Biological Oceanography and Fine Art, while completing a transformative Leadership Development Programme.

At the core of the Foundation’s programmes are the principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership. To date, the Mandela Rhodes Foundation has awarded 673 scholarships to outstanding young scholars and future leaders from 36 African countries. The highly competitive Mandela Rhodes Scholarship is open to students between the ages of 19 and 29 from all African countries who want to use their talents to serve the continent.

Here are the names of the 2024 Mandela Rhodes Scholars; click through to read their bios:

  1. Abel Esther
  2. Agbolade Zainab
  3. Baldeh Isatou
  4. Bayanza Leslie Fatuma
  5. Chapoloko David
  6. Chikomo Charline
  7. Cissé Oumar
  8. Darkoh Francisca
  9. Mirembe Deniz
  10. Diallo Aminata
  11. Dlodlo Wayne
  12. Dzonzi Brenald
  13. Baweli Exiba Epupu
  14. Foya Kudakwashe
  15. Kahumbu Joanna
  16. Kasanga Ruth
  17. Kathure Grace
  18. Kimaro Loveness
  19. Kirabo Nina Mary
  20. Kivuma Bernard
  21. Konneh Lansana
  22. Konneh Ismail
  23. MacDonald Caitlin
  24. Malama Meebelo
  25. Malebana Moses
  26. Mamboleo Evaline
  27. Mashilo Dunga
  28. Masvosva Ruvimbo Harriet
  29. Mederic Emma
  30. Mhangwa Kudzai
  31. Mkhonta Sibongiseni
  32. Muchiri Melissa
  33. Mughogho Ruth
  34. Munyai Munaka
  35. Mwasangama Alfateresia
  36. Ngobi Ambrose
  37. Ntsoeng Kamogelo
  38. Odhiambo Evelyn
  39. Ogwang Frank Mike
  40. Phiri Monica
  41. Pulani Yanelisa
  42. Rashid Sakina
  43. Samura Philip Anderson
  44. Shefeni Suzie Ndaundika
  45. Stevens Hannah
  46. Swart Emma
  47. Tesfamariam Hellen
  48. van Rensburg Lily
  49. Wabosha Sophia
  50. Wasonga Emma Jaber
  51. Zondani Simphiwe

To find out more about the Foundation and our scholars, visit our website. To request interviews and photographs for publication - contact communications officer Ayanda Radebe at [email protected].

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is an official Nelson Mandela legacy organisation tasked with developing exceptional leadership capacity in Africa. We provide postgraduate funding and a Leadership Development Programme to academically gifted young Africans who demonstrate leadership potential.

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