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Musa Sherif

Liberia & University of the Witwatersrand, 2022

Musa is a graduate of the African Leadership University where he studied Global Challenges and serves as president of its Alumni Association.

Having worked in areas of development, governance, and social impact, he recently co-founded the Africa Policy and Futures Forum; a new generation think tank at which he and a team of young African leaders conduct critical, place-based, and solution-driven dialogues on Africa’s grand socio-economic challenges.

Musa identifies as an incurable Afro-optimist, he sees Africa as a continent and a civilization of immense potential, and believes that the future of Africa is beautiful. Inspired by his harsh childhood experience with poverty and inequality, Musa intends to pursue a career in Public Policy and International Development that will allow him to create workable, cost-effective, and sustainable solutions to the many intractable socio-economic challenges that face his people and his continent.

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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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