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Sagel Kundieko

Congo (DRC) & University of Cape Town, 2022

Sagel Kundieko holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human anatomy and physiology and Genetics from the University of Cape Town. Spanning through her university career, Sagel has received a service award for being the academic chairperson of the science student council and her golden key executive team has won the Golden Key Chapter awards. Within the field of neuroscience, she hopes to use all the skills that she will learn to find solutions for neurological diseases in the African context and train future generations of neuroscientists that will further bridge the gap of skills in the continent.

She enjoys expressing her creativity through graphic design, dancing and writing poetry. With graphic designing, she is able to serve many entrepreneurs and companies with her creativity and drive for innovation in the company that she has founded, Elle Zeka. This enables her to impact the lives of middle-aged entrepreneurs by taking their businesses to the next level. She loves gaining knowledge as well as giving back through tutoring, and debate coaching as a former Top 10 SA schools debating speaker. She has been tutoring from the age of 16 and loves seeing her students excel in their academics.

The name Sagel is derived from the word Sagesse which means wisdom in French and Sagel aspires to live up to that name. Sagel is driven with an attitude of perseverance and a spirit of excellence.

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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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