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Rodney Kinyera

Uganda & University of Cape Town, 2020

Rodney is a Bachelor of Laws graduate from Uganda Christian University and a practicing Advocate of the Ugandan Courts of Judicature. Jordan believes in leadership geared towards achievement of the greatest Pan African idea that true economic, social and political progress can only be achieved through unity of African nations.

As an advocate, Jordan has modelled his practice to prioritise reconciliation as the hallmark of dispute resolution. Drawing examples from disputes and insurgencies across the African continent over the past sixty years, Jordan has come to believe that “Africanised” reconciliation can heal even the most septic of wounds. Jordan is an LLM Candidate of International Trade and Investment Law. His career goals are derived from the determination of African states to unify under the Africa Continental Free Trade Area in order to foster trade and development. He hopes to use the knowledge gained during the leadership program of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation and his studies to empower Africa to leverage its human capital and natural resources to trade and compete favourably internationally. This will have the ripple effect of capacity building and wealth accumulation, thereby elevating Africans from abject poverty.

Jordan runs a number of charitable endeavours including book drives for the youth in rural Uganda aimed at improving their literacy levels and nurturing their employable skills. He believes that the alleviation of ignorance and illiteracy is the starting point to bringing Africa to parity with the developed world.

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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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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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