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Nosisa Ngwenyama

Kingdom of eSwatini & University of Cape Town, 2020

Nosisa is a Gender Studies Masters candidate at the University of Cape Town. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, USA, where she majored in Politics, Anthropology and Women & Gender Studies. Nosisa wrote her politics thesis on leadership as a  barrier to the consolidation of democracy in South Africa and her anthropology thesis on striving for success through the Indigenous religions in eSwatini. Her Women and Gender Studies thesis was on the commodification of lobola and its impacts on gender relations among the Swazi, Sotho, and Shona. Nosisa wrote three theses in the 4 years at her undergraduate institution.

Since graduating in 2016, Nosisa has worked in fundraising, marketing and advertising. She is still actively involved in volunteering for the UWC eSwatini National Committee, which helps to place and fund emaSwati to pursue their education at any of the 17 United World Colleges around the world.

When she is not busy with school work, Nosisa plays basketball in the MTN National Women’s League in eSwatini, enjoys watching football and attempting cooking recipes that she finds online as well as volunteering with the Sidwashini Neighbourhood Care Point in Mbabane.

Nosisa is driven by wanting to make a positive social change in her home country of eSwatini.

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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

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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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