Zambia & University of Cape Town, 2020
Daniel Lifuka Sichinga, preferably known by his traditional name as Izukanji (Izu), comes from a small mining town called Chingola on the Copperbelt Province of Zambia. He attended The African Leadership University, Mauritius campus and studied a BA (Hons) Social Sciences.
Izu is a singer/songwriter, playwright, actor, coach, human rights advocate, youth leadership development practitioner and consultant. He enjoys using his talents and skills to the betterment of society through acts of voluntarism and activism.
Izu has worked with several organizations for both internships and voluntarism, gaining vast experience in the areas of communication, project management, policy analysis and research in fields including financial services, education, agribusiness and the NGO sector.
Previously, he worked with AIESEC in Port Louis and Mauritius as a Local Committee Vice President for Outgoing- Global Volunteer Exchanges and National Customer Experience Manager, respectively. He worked, in both roles, towards connecting Mauritian talent to the global world in the AIESEC network. He also worked with TEDxALC as a Lead Performance curator and coach in 2017 and 2019.
In 2018/19, Izu served as a member and Secretary to the board of the Collectif-Arc-En-Ciel, an LGBTQ+ human rights group lobbying for more inclusive and non-discriminatory policies in Mauritius.
As a social scientist, Izu's future looks optimistic. He aspires to do many things; but most importantly, he wants to be a human rights lawyer, criminologist, hate crimes scholar and an academic.