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Alundrah Sibanda

Zimbabwe & Stellenbosch University, 2019

Alundrah Sibanda is a young woman from Zimbabwe who revels in exposing herself to diverse cultures and calls her life “a series of culture shocks.” That led her to Stellenbosch University to pursue an undergraduate degree in International Studies. She plans on working towards her Masters in Journalism in 2019. Alundrah believes that leadership should always reflect one’s interests so she has held positions that have connected her to people during her university stay. Chairing SRC caucuses immersed her in student politics, tutoring economics was a brilliant chance to share what she had learnt and her job on campus radio allowed her to express her thoughts and encourage the listening audience. Alundrah hopes to always have the capacity to give back to the communities she has had the privilege of being a part of, as she continues on my journey to becoming a media practitioner.

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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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