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Mishka Wazar

South Africa & University of the Western Cape, 2020

Mishka Wazar is a daydreamer who ran away from home to study journalism at the university still known as Rhodes. Mishka worked as a reporter for The Daily Vox during her undergrad, while also juggling the responsibilities of running the independent Palestinian Solidarity Organisation on campus and working as News and Politics Editor at student newspaper Activate. She has worked as an academic research assistant, book editor and is a British Council Future News Worldwide alumna and a graduate of the Fort Hare Autumn Political School.

She was also deeply involved in activism and coverage around the RUReferenceList and FeesMustFall protests at Rhodes, as well as covering the nation-wide school protest against racist hair policies which began at her high school, Pretoria High School for Girls. Mishka became disillusioned with the violence of the everyday and found solace in studying the past to make sense of the world as it stands. She completed her Honours Degree in History at Rhodes and is reading for a Masters Degree in History at the University of the Western Cape, and her academic interests lie in feminist, psychiatric and postcolonial history. She still thinks that, someday, she might write a novel. After the PhD, of course.

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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

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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