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Luqman Abdukadir Jama

Somalia & University of Cape Town, 2022

Luqman Abdukadir Jama holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Somali National University. Luqman believes that education is key to the growth and success of every individual. For the past two years, he has worked with the Ministry of Planning, Investment, and Economic Development, with specific responsibilities of coordinating the process of drafting and implementing the National Development Plan. He also assists in assessing the implementation of the Ministry's annual work plan as well as strategic plans.

Luqman’s life purpose is to be at the forefront of proffering solutions to Africa’s poverty alleviation and improving the quality of the citizens’ life. He desires to attain a higher standard in education and life to achieve his dream and set a positive example for all Somalian youths who dare to dream.
His mantra is "I believe in myself and my abilities; so I can!"

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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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