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Stellamaris Njage

Kenya & University of Pretoria, 2020

Stellamaris is reading for an Honours in Computer Science. She is a back-end software developer who is passionate about technology and creating a space for women in technology. Stellemaris holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Maseno University, Kenya. She enjoys contributing to open source projects, using her free time to volunteer and mentor at Rails Girls Nairobi and Girls Get Geeky (initiatives that introduce women to best programming practices and mentorship), and Agile Ventures.

Recently, Stellamaris has given presentations at Nairuby Conference and The GNOME conference in Greece. She also managed to complete the 2018 and 2019 HacktoberFest challenge, which aims at promoting the open source spirit. Stellemaris has completed the Google Summer of Code and Rails Girls Summer of code internships and is currently a core contributor at EBwiki, an organisation that works towards ending bias against people of color.

Stellamaris is also a Diversity and Inclusion and University outreach committee member at GNOME.  She is an adrenaline junkie and enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and travelling.

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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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