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Wilson Hollyfield Nkwanui Fongong

Cameroon & University of Cape Town, 2023

Wilson holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Cape Town. As a Mandela Rhodes Scholar, he will be pursuing his master’s degree in Commercial Law.

In 2021, he was elected as the chairperson of the Mastercard Foundation Scholar’s Program Council at UCT and was chosen to represent 120 scholars from UCT at the annual Baobab summit in Kigali, Rwanda. As a national of Cameroon which has adopted “the 2035 Emerge Vision” – a policy goal to make the country newly industrialized by 2035, Wilson is interested in drafting policies to protect small and medium-sized enterprises from the upcoming wave of change in the corporate sector.

In so doing, he hopes to address inequality in Cameroon in an economically productive manner. During his free time, Wilson enjoys spending time with his family and friends, reading literature, and going to gym.

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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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