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Saa Michel Tolno

Guinea & University of the Witwatersrand, 2023

Saa Michel Tolno is a young Guinean youth advocate who is based in Conakry. His advocacy work has touched on empowerment, the Sustainable Development Goals, entrepreneurship, mentorship, sexual and gender-based violence and gender equality. He does this through the West African Foreign Mentorship Programme (WAFMP), an initiative of Global Entrepreneurs and Leaders Academy (GELA). WAFMP is a social enterprise that trains young people in soft skills and leadership tools. It also provides access to foreign mentorship.

Saa Michel served as a Senior Trainer specialist at Transsion Holdings Company Tecno and earned the prestigious medal of honour for comprehensive ability as a global trainer. He was one of the top ten trainers of 2020. Saa Michel holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from General Lansana Conte University. He also earned a Diploma in Theology from Calvary West Africa Bible Institute of Bolgatanga (Ghana). He is certified in entrepreneurship and employability training at EQWIP HUBs in Ghana.

Michel intends to inspire change, impact his community and advocate for young people and children’s livelihoods. He plans to tackle issues of illiteracy, inequality, poverty and immigration in Guinea and Africa at large.

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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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