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Agnes Kabonesa

Uganda & University of the Western Cape, 2020

Agnes Kabonesa is a former child bride who has been teaching professional English Language and literature through community work for five years. She has done advocacy work campaigning towards ending violence against children, especially child marriages, child sacrifice and violence in schools. She has worked in partnership with schools as a mentor, life skills trainer, peer educator, and career guidance counsellor. Agnes volunteered as a publicity secretary for Alive With Purpose Youth Group (AWIP) which does community sensitisation through music, dance and drama on women and girls’ issues, domestic violence, gender-based violence, HIV/AIDS education, and child marriages.

Agnes is passionate about children’s rights, youth development and transformation. Her long-term goal is to have a children’s education and sports centre and a community college for vocational skills. She has been a leader in different capacities as a  young delegate to the African Union Launch of Ending Violence Against Children campaign 2017. Agnes was a World Vision young delegate to the European Union Development Days Conference 2018 and a Mandela Washington Fellow 2018.

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We look for young Africans who have demonstrated the potential to embody our founding principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

On 1 January 2023, I will be between the age of 19 and 29

I am a citizen of an African country

I have an undergraduate degree with above-average academic results (70% + or Upper Second Class Honours)


We look for young leaders who aspire to the principles below and who have demonstrated the potential to live them out.


Do you aspire to be a visionary leader who has moral authority? Do you see leadership as more than just personal ambition - as a way to pursue the advancement of equality and freedom, human rights and human dignity? And do you want to guide and inspire others to reach their full potential?


Do you admire Nelson Mandela’s ability to bridge historic divides through our common humanity? Do you believe that reconciliation and reparation are the key to transforming our societies so that everyone can have equal opportunity to thrive? And are you prepared to begin by grappling with your own internal divides and difficulties first?


Do you have excellent academic results, but believe that your education should not only benefit you but make a difference to others? And do you understand that intellectual excellence must be accompanied by character and a rounded personality?


Do you want to see Africa take its rightful place as an equal and competitive presence in the global world? Have you demonstrated individual effort, innovation and creativity to this end?


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