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Njamba Kapalu

Zambia & University of the Witwatersrand, 2020

Njamba read for his undergraduate degree at Nelson Mandela University where he graduated with a BCom in Business Management (Cum Laude) in 2013.

Understanding that academic excellence alone is not the culmination of education, Njamba joined the Golden Key Honors Society where he rose to the rank of President during his time in university. The society’s pillars of service and leadership are attributes he continues to aim to embody.

Over the last four years, Njamba has gained experience in banking and finance. His love for the field of finance is what has led him to pursue a Masters of Management in Finance and Investments. He is part of a fintech start up called Edupay, a company that provides education based finance and hopes that the Masters will help the business achieve its goal of alleviating financial pressures relating to educating the next generation of African leaders as well as working towards the goal of financial inclusion. Njamba's faith in God is the primary motivation for him to continuously strive for excellence in all the tasks set before him.

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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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