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Yunga Anwi

Cameroon & University of the Western Cape, 2020

Yunga is reading for her Honours in International Relations. She is a feminist and youth activist with a specific focus on girls’ education, agriculture, and sexual reproductive health and rights. She is the founder of Women's Corner: a community-based organization that focuses on creating awareness and supporting community structures and school systems on how to manage and provide adequate resources to the girl child during menstruation.

Yunga also doubles as the founder and CEO of Agro-Venture, an enterprise that fights to eliminate youth unemployment and poverty. In 2017, Yunga was selected to participate in the highly-rated Young African Leadership Initiative fellowship in Accra, Ghana. Later in 2018, she won the prestigious Tony Elumelo Entrepreneurship Award, and in early 2019, she was selected for the ultimate African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative. Yunga holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Buea-Cameroon. She is driven by her commitment to women and youth empowerment.

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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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