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Brenda Berriliy Lukong

Cameroon & University of Cape Town, 2022

Brenda Berriliy Lukong is a gender and youth advocate promoting women’s economic empowerment, girls’ education, peace and arms control, child protection, justice and strong institutions, human rights, sustainable development and humanitarian, quality education. She has a vision for a peaceful and just society for all. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from National Polytechnic Institute Bamenda.

Brenda is fully involved in the development and implementation of the voluntary handing over of illegal weapons in the crisis-affected regions in Cameroon a concept of the African Union Amnesty Month on Silencing the Guns in Africa. In 2021, Brenda was invited to participate and present on Youth Role in Silencing the Gun in Africa at the AACC- CETA Youth Pre-congress in Nairobi, Kenya. Brenda works on mobilizing Cameroonian youths against Boko Haram and illicit proliferation of Small Arms Light Weapons”.

Brenda is passionate about developing inclusive youth and women participation in development processes. Brenda aspires as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar to become a global peace advocate and serve others first self-lasts. She is a co-founder of a Non-Governmental Organization, Center for Intergenerational Peace-Leadership (CIP-L). Brenda is a youth envoy for peace and a UNICEF Peace ambassador. She is actively engaged in community change and the implementation of development agendas, international and regional resolutions/agendas such as the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250, 1325, agenda 2030, 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Brenda has built her capacity through online courses on Ethics and Integrity at UNICEF and on Prevention of sexual harassment and abuse of authority by UN and UN agencies among others.

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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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