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Lisa Chella

South Africa & University of Zululand, 2013

Lisa Chella (South Africa & UZ, 2013) is an artist and director of her company Lisa Chella Fine Art (Pty) Ltd. Pre-Covid19, she hosted numerous art classes across KZN as a form of relaxation and meditation. She participated in an international exhibition at Art Box Project 2.0 in December 2019 in Florida, Miami as the only South African woman to showcase her work at this event in 2019. She has now self-published her first colouring book, The Book of Hope, which is designed to reduce stress levels, to be mindful with ourselves and unleash our natural creativity.

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Could you be a Mandela Rhodes Scholar?

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Could you be a Scholar?


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

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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