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Announcing the Class of 2021 Mandela Rhodes Scholars

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Announcing the Class of 2021 Mandela Rhodes Scholars

30 outstanding young African leaders awarded Mandela Rhodes Scholarships

Published 5 November 2020

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The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is delighted to introduce the 2021 Mandela Rhodes Scholars. The 30 exceptional young leaders in the Class of 2021 hail from 12 African countries and we are extremely pleased to welcome our first-ever scholars from Liberia and The Gambia.

All of the scholars will undertake postgraduate studies in South Africa, in fields ranging from Biomedical Engineering to Theatre and Performance Studies. 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 559 Mandela Rhodes Scholarships to students from 30 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 2021 Mandela Rhodes Scholars

Amos Amanubo (Uganda)
Andrea Tonelli (South Africa)
Bettina Buabeng-Baidoo (Ghana)
Chibuike Mbanefo (Nigeria)
Claire McCann (South Africa)
Elijah Mumba (Zambia)
Francis Mayebe (Zimbabwe)
Gadeeja Abbas (South Africa)
Isaac Muapoh (Liberia)
Isatu Bokum (The Gambia)
Jason Muyumba (Congo)
Keenan Edward Jacobs (South Africa)
Manjoro Nathanael (Zimbabwe)
Mardiya Siba Yahaya (Ghana)
Maureen Etuket (Uganda)
Micaella Rogers (South Africa)
Musawenkosi Ncube (Zimbabwe)
Mzwenhlanhla Hlongwane (South Africa)
Nancy Awori (Kenya)
Neema Meremo (Tanzania)
Ntebogang Segone (South Africa)
Nthati Mabena (South Africa)
Ntokozo Mbokazi (South Africa)
Nuvika Pillay (South Africa)
Ruramai Tarupiwa (Zimbabwe)
Savannah Steyn (South Africa)
Shirley Otube (Kenya)
Whitney Okumu (Uganda)
Zainabu Marucha (Kenya)
Zayithwa Fabiano (Malawi)

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: 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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