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Francisca Timothy

Nigeria & University of the Witwatersrand, 2023

Francisca Timothy holds a Bachelor of Science in Medical Biochemistry from Cross University of Technology, Nigeria. As a Mandela Rhodes Scholar, Francisca is seeking to pursue a Master’s degree in biochemistry. Francisca is an education enthusiast who is passionate about delivering quality education to young women in her community and beyond. She is currently a graduate assistant at the Cross River University of Technology, Nigeria. Since 2018, Francisca has actively volunteered as a facilitator/girl child mentor, where she has been lending her voice and skills to improving issues revolving around girl child education, reproductive health and community development in general.

Francisca is also a flexible and seasoned entrepreneur. She is the founder of TMAZ Entrepreneurship Hub, a skill acquisition hub that trains women through vocational skills programs. The programs aim to help the women become self-employed and to contribute meaningfully.

Francisca is also a member of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and an African ChangeMaker fellow. Her career goal is to excel as an educator by mentoring and supporting young women in her community to build healthy self-esteem toward achieving their goals in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). As part of her long-term goals, she hopes to establish a research laboratory with cutting-edge facilities that will aid medical diagnosis in her community.

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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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