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Isatu Bokum

Gambia & University of Cape Town, 2021

Isatou M. Bokum is an accomplished media professional known for her skills in videography, editing, content creation, social media management, and filmmaking. She has a strong commitment to leadership and social change, with experience from programs like the Young African Leadership Initiative, TAF Leadership Academy and the Global Leadership Initiative cohort.

Passionate about advancing women's and girls' rights, Isatou founded Girls Talk Organisation, where she fearlessly addresses cultural norms hindering their growth. Her impactful initiatives, including social media campaigns, sensitisation programs, mentorship, and capacity-building efforts, have transformed the lives of many in The Gambia.

As the first Mandela Rhodes Scholar and Rhodes Scholar from The Gambia, Isatou holds a degree in Media Theory and Practice from the University of Cape Town. She is recently completed her master’s degree in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Oxford. Her commitment to education and driving impactful change continues as she is now pursuing a second master's degree in Public Policy to shape intersectional policies for social and economic justice in Africa. Isatou is also the current President of the Oxford University Africa Society.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Isatou draws inspiration from podcasts and prioritises cultivating personal relationships. With her exceptional leadership skills and unwavering dedication, she aspires to create a profound impact and contribute to the development of a more equitable society.

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