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Gwaha Madwatte

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.


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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 2024, I will be between the age of 19 and 29

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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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