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Nancy Judith Awori

Kenya & University of the Western Cape, 2021

Nancy Judith Awori has a background in community mobilisation from her time in Kenya Model United Nations in 2010. She graduated with a 1st class Honours degree in Film Production and Animation at Multimedia University of Kenya in 2015. She thereafter joined the same institution in 2016 as a Teaching Assistant in the Faculty of Media and Communication.

Nancy is the founder of Talanta Resource Center that provides a free and safe environment for youth, women and persons living with disabilities to dream in. She is a recipient of the Creative Enterprise award, a prestigious award by British Council to youth running successful creative enterprises in East Africa. Her podcast Thoughts Podcast is a recipient of None on Records 2020 grant.

Nancy is also a recipient of the Africa Excellence Scholarship Award from the University of Glasgow, 2018, and the International Excellence Scholarship from the University of Waikato in New Zealand in 2017. She is an alumna of several leadership programs such as Social Innovation Warehouse program, Africa Changemakers program, Young Africa Leadership Initiative, Internet Community Networks program, Women for Africa Foundation among others. Nancy has represented both her organisation and her institution on both local and international platforms as a delegate and a speaker. Her organisation has successfully executed projects with the Global Peace Foundation, Amnesty International, Heroes for Change, and the Forum for African Women Educationalists, Kenya Chapter. She is a freelance facilitator focused on participatory techniques for inclusive decision making.

In 2021 Nancy will be studying a Master’s degree in Women and Gender Studies and the University of Western Cape.

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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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