Nigeria & University of the Western Cape, 2020
Gwaha Madwatte holds a BSc in Natural and Environmental Sciences from the American University of Nigeria (AUN) where he was the Commencement Class Speaker for his graduating class. His contribution to student life development and community service on campus earned him several awards such as The Stallion Student Life Leadership Award and Spirit of the Stallion Award. He was actively engaged in promoting health and wellness programs on campus through his participation in the Public Health Club, a club responsible for organizing health seminars and workshops and offering free medical services.
In response to the Boko Haram insurgency in northeastern Nigeria, Gwaha co-founded the AUN Red Cross Club, a club that was involved in donating relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Yola, Nigeria. He has worked on several development projects, more recently, on Strengthening Education in the North-East Nigeria States (SENSE) - a USAID-funded education project.
After his Honors Degree in Anthropology, he plans to do a Master's in Public Health; Gwaha looks forward to applying this interdisciplinary knowledge while executing innovative community based public health interventions and research. Gwaha believes in service-driven and practical leadership, mentorship and the power of education. He has served as a volunteer tutor, teaching disadvantaged women and children basic literacy and numeracy. He envisions starting an education fund, to allow disadvantaged children to obtain a quality education.
As the ex-captain of his university basketball team, Gwaha has won numerous athletic recognitions. He enjoys meeting new people and helping others achieve personal excellence. He hopes to build on his intellectual and leadership ability through the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship and interact with other young African leaders who hold the future of Africa at heart.