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Lumbani Ngulube

Malawi & University of the Witwatersrand, 2023

Lumbani Franklin Ngulube is a medical doctor who holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of Malawi, College of Medicine. He has a great passion for public health, especially in infectious diseases, health economics and vaccinology. He believes that Africa has enough natural and human resources and that if properly allocated everyone on the continent should be able to have access to decent quality healthcare.

He is currently working as a medical officer at the Kamuzu University of health sciences. During the Covid-19 pandemic, he successfully established a quarantine centre for students and staff of the university. He has also worked as a medical director at one of the hospitals in Malawi where he was responsible for leading and managing a team of clinical officers, nurses, laboratory scientists and pharmacists. He strongly believes that good leadership is key to the development of any nation, and he hopes to learn more about it from the Mandela Rhodes Foundation leadership development programme.

During his time in college, Lumbani was actively involved in campus politics. He was the treasurer of the Medical Students Association of Malawi between 2016 and 2018. He also served as the country’s ambassador for the International Journal of Medical Students, an organization that helps medical students around the world to get their research papers published. In his spare time, he loves recording music, watching soccer, and working out at the gym.

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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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