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A Tribute to Madiba

African Leadership University (ALU) in partnership with the Graça Machel Trust and the Mandela Institute of Development Studies (MINDS) launched the Mandela Centennial Scholarship Programme, a landmark scholarship that will celebrate the 100th birthday of one of the greatest African leaders of the last century – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, fondly known as Madiba. President Mandela firmly believed in the transformative power of education and its ability to bring dignity, self-actualization, and prosperity to Africans. Throughout his presidency and after, he dedicated much of his efforts to ensure that children from all walks of life had equal access to education, regardless of their economic background.

The objective of the Mandela Centennial Scholars Programme is to honor President Mandela’s legacy and carry forward the important work he began in education by giving the opportunity to 100 outstanding young Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend ALU. These students will benefit from a full scholarship and unparalleled opportunities for leadership development.

“Given that African Leadership University aspires to groom African leaders like Nelson Mandela, we thought there was no better way for us to really signify our values as a university than to award a 100 scholarships in the year Nelson Mandela will turn 100 years.”

-Fred Swaniker, ALU founder

“Africa needs a new generation of leaders to unlock the huge reserve of latent potential for socio-economic development that our continent is endowed with. The Mandela Centennial Scholarship Programme is contributing 100 young people, who we expect to complete their tertiary studies and step up to this task.”

Ian Mashingaidze, MINDS

Scholarship Provision

Each Mandela Centennial Scholar will receive a grant each year for the duration of their degree covering full tuition, airfare and living expenses. Rwandan students will receive a grant each year for the duration of their degree covering full tuition fees.

Fred Swaniker (CEO & Founder)
talks about the scholarship

Graça Machel
talks about the scholarship

What students will learn?

Undergraduate Degree Program


One year mandatory Leadership Core Programme before moving on to degree programmes of their choice.

Bachelor’s degree, accredited by the Higher Education Council of Rwanda and awarded by ALU.
– BSc (Hons) Computer Science
– BA (Hons) Entrepreneurship
– BA (Hons) Global Challenges
– BA (Hons) International Business and Trade

8 months on campus and 4 months of internships every year

Scholarship Winners in Numbers

100 winners have been chosen from the total of 756 candidates, consisting of 50% male and 50% female.

Move your cursor over the colours of the pie chart to see more information about each countries candidates.

Scholarship Winners

We are releasing 10 new names of the scholars every 90 minutes between 03:00 to 18:30 (BST).
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The full list of scholars will be released on this page at 19:00 (BST)

First Name Last Name Gender Country
Alaa Abdo Female Egypt
Samuel Abijuru Male Rwanda
Ephraim Adongo Male Ghana
Natnael Alemayehu Male Ethiopia
Amancio Sergio Alvaro Male Mozambique
Antoinette Andoh Female Ghana
Stephen Anjelo Male Sudan
Doreen Baidoo Female Ghana
Alaa Ben Abdallah Female Tunisia
Blessing Caine Female Liberia
Charline Chikomo Female Zimbabwe
Mabel Chileshe Female Zambia
Shelzia Cossa Female Mozambique
José Cumbe Male Mozambique
Tsholofelo Diale Female South Africa
Silindile Dlamini Female Swaziland
Buhle Dlulane Female South Africa
Alae El-Daraz Male Morocco
Wendy Essuman Female Ghana
Irene Fumo Female Mozambique
Agnes Fusese Female Ghana
Irakoze Ghislain Male Rwanda
Tashinga Evanthia Gwendere Female Zimbabwe
Ziithe Hiwa Female Malawi
Siwaphiwe Hlazo Female South Africa
Désiré Amèvi Isidore Houngnigbe Male Benin
Diana Imali Female Kenya
Denyse Iradukunda Female Rwanda
Abakar Issa Male Chad
First Name Last Name Gender Country
Leila Kadouri Female Algeria
Thabitha Kamalo Female Ghana
Nelson Kamanga Male Malawi
Mwikisa Kanguya Male Zambia
Fabiola Kanyoni Isimbi Female Rwanda
Gaongalelwe Keorapetse Male Botswana
Stacy Kioko Female Kenya
Chrysosom Agyei Kumi Male Ghana
Caroline Kuria Female Kenya
Christopher Kuzagbe Male Ghana
Bertrand Kwibuka Male Rwanda
Jaafar Laalj Male Morocco
Mandeg Mahamoud Female Djibouti
Goodluck Malata Male Tanzania
Paul Michael Malugulu Male Tanzania
Sieh Mansaray Male Sierra Leone
Domingos Afonso Manuel Male Angola
David Masoperh Male Ghana
Ababacar Sadikh Mbengue Male Senegal
Shangaliso Mbili Male South Africa
Mannoakgotla Medupe Male Botswana
Ahmed Meshref Male Egypt
Lineo Mile Female Lesotho
Thabang Mmese Male Botswana
Aurelio Mofuga Female Tanzania
Hafsa Mohamed Female Somalia
Tumiso Mokakangwe Male Botswana
Patrick Metuschelah Moko Male DRC
Gogontle Lynette Monnaatlala Female Botswana
Michaella Mpundu Female Burundi
Zubery Msemo Male Tanzania
Joice Msoloka Female Tanzania
Daisy Mukasa Female Kenya
Nathan Musweu Male Zambia
Cosmas Mwamwembe Male Zambia
Wenseslaus Mwita Male Tanzania
Simon Mzazi Male Tanzania
First Name Last Name Gender Country
Kangah Venance N’Guessan Male Cote d’Ivoire
Fatoumata Nagib Female Gambia
Olivia Nassuuna Female Uganda
Takudzwa Ndoro Male Zimbabwe
Leah Ngari Female Kenya
Kondwani Ngulube Male Zambia
Fatuma Njuwila Female Tanzania
Adaeze Nkemelu Female Nigeria
Xolani Nkosi Male South Africa
Lindokuhle Nkuna Female South Africa
Kebuya Pamela Nucha Female Cameroon
Sharleen Nyakundi Female Kenya
Clide Odhiambo Male Uganda
Chimfeka Ogbo Male Nigeria
Jimmy Onyai Male Uganda
Katlego Paakanyo Female Botswana
Mahalinoro Razafimanjato Female Madagascar
Nyeleshi Rebecca Female Tanzania
Yasmina Chelcis Wendenso Savadogo Female Burkina Faso
Hafid Senhaji Male Morocco
Kellyson Siamunjo Male Zambia
Bayo Andrea Rita Armande Tano Female Cote d’Ivoire
Nouhan Toure Male Guinea
Jean Paul Tumusifu Male Rwanda
Aloysius Tumusiime Male Uganda
Diane Tuyisenge Female Rwanda
Ebere Ukoh Female Nigeria
Gloria Wafula Female Kenya
Eden Wagari Female Ethiopia
Francis Walker Male South Africa
Eric Wamugu Male Kenya
Joy Wamunyu Female Kenya
Andrew Young Male Ghana
Kodjovi Apélété Zotoglo Male Togo

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A Joint Partnership

The Scholarship Program is a joint partnership between the Graça Machel Trust, the Mandela Institute for Development Studies, and African Leadership University.


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