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Nadia

“I envision a world where the youth is ready to take up the mantle, especially in Africa.”

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Tariq

“Being a MasterCard Foundation scholar for me is being given or being charged with the responsibility to go back to your country and to make change, try to make a difference and trying to do things in a great way.”

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Michael

“After going back, I want to re-establish myself promptly so that I can really change the attitude of my people towards that of community service.”

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Moreen

“As a leader you have to know people make mistakes. You have to be slow to get angry, slow at speaking and very very quick at listening, you know you have to listen a lot more than you speak.”

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Aura

“I envision a world where the opportunities are accessible to anyone wanting to transform their environment.”

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Jeanbat

“In 2015, I started Ubuntu starter investment to help the rural community in Western Uganda and the areas around become financially independent and economically sustainable.”

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Ruth

“What motivated me first and foremost is I want to be the first in our [family] to bring a change in our home and I want to be the first to construct a permanent house for our home.”

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Busi

“I carry my community’s yearning for someone to make a significant change, someone to break the cycle of poverty.”

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Dissan

“I want to make an orphanage for people who don’t have an opportunity like me. I want to build that pharmacy to be the source of income that I would use. That’s my long-term goal.”

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Ruhia

“You are not studying just for yourself; you are studying for the whole world.”

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Festus

“I once read a quote and it said, 'Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without strategy because strategies can take you to the place but character can keep you there.'”

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Blooming

“I want to tell the story of Africa in the limelight. What if I add value, what if I give people a platform to be able to show the intellectual prowess and the beauty that Africa really has to offer?”

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Tracy

“Ultimately, my goal is to humanize people that are impacted by a system that continues to disenfranchise and disembody Black and brown bodies, and hopefully create meaningful work that exists at the complex intersections of between race, religion, and gender.”

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Belyse

“When you are aware of the opportunities that are around you, you not only get to focus on yourself, but you also get an opportunity to help others.”

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Josee

“When I finish my studies I will help other children to go study in order to improve our telecommunication and the way of getting electricity in the area.”

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Zukiswa

“A good leader can have the same values as a mother, because they have your best interests at heart, and they really care about you.”

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Grace

“My project is about broadening the knowledge of rural teenage girls in the areas of sexual education, entrepreneurship, and health. We also seek to enhance their soft skills, like public speaking, to build their confidence.”

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James

“Leaders are able to do the right thing at the right time for the other people without having to be pushed to do that.”

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Iptisam

“A great leader is someone who would sacrifice a lot for the people you are supposed to be guiding.”

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Bezawit

“When we invest in a child’s mind and knowledge we are investing in something that is renewable.”

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Fhazhil

“I envision a world where access to clean energy is a right for all.”

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Mercy

“I started volunteering with the nutrition department, and what puzzled me was that the mortality rate was so high. [...] I made a decision that I was going to pursue a career in nutrition, because I hoped to go back and help educate these mothers.”

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Adetutu

“Africa as a continent needs people who are truly passionate about the continent, and are passionate about moving the continent forward—we need those people to be at the forefront of the decision-making and I aim be one of those people.”

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Esnath

“I envision communities developing one family at a time through the training and empowerment of women who never got the chance to go to university or college.”

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Nonduduzo

“I’m working on a project. I want to start my project in rural areas, where I’m going to work with young people. I think it can help them to change the mentality that they have—the mentality that they think they can’t achieve anything.”

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Valary

“My wildest dream is finding a way to use water hyacinth for energy production, because I am interested in the renewable energy sector.”

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Natasha

“My community—I think what they need most is information. Some of them, they are utterly brilliant students but they are not informed about the opportunities outside there.”

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