Stephen Molatlhegi

Stephen Molatlhegi works for the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development as a project officer, where he implements the poverty eradication program through facilitating the establishment of small enterprises or income generating projects for the economic empowerment of people in disadvantaged communities. Stephen is an active citizen who volunteers with non-governmental organizations to engage in activities that cultivate leadership, entrepreneurship, personal development, and to engage in community development initiatives.

Stephen Molatlhegi Botswana

Sekou Amadou Timbo

Sekou Amadou Timbo lives his life motto of ‘learn and share’. His urge to help others led him to found and become vice chairperson of Univers Technologies de Bamako, where he focuses on designing and implementing educational programs on their web page, and preparing competitions for students.

Sekou Amadou Timbo Mali

Sampaio Francisco

Sampaio Francisco has over seven years of experience in education. He worked in a Catholic school teaching Portuguese and History for adult students in the fifth, sixth and seventh grades. Currently, Sampaio is a lawyer training in the Health General Inspectorate, a Department of the Health Ministry of Angola. He works in solving health-related conflicts between people and organizations, and investigates legal procedures. In his community, he also assists students in getting into university.   Sampaio is in his final year in Law at the Agostinho Neto University.

Sampaio FranciscoAngola

Rekgotsofetse Chikane

Rekgotsofetse Chikane has been involved in youth development for the past four years. He is currently the national president of InkuluFreeHeid, a non-partisan youth-led organization that works to enhance social cohesion, deepen democracy, and create solutions to socio-economic problems. He has worked on youth-focused policy development at both a national and regional level and continues to host active citizen workshops. Rekgotsofetse has been a Mandela Rhodes Scholar and is a current board member of the South Africa-Washington International Program.

South Africa

Patience Kente

Patience Kente is a young professional that has over seven years of experience in various fields in the public management sector at national and international levels. At present, Patience is a policy officer at the African Union Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa where she among many other duties, assists the secretary general’s office in monitoring the implementation of decisions taken by heads of state. She has a passion for empowering and mentoring youths and mostly young women, through social media platforms.

Patience KenteUganda

Oluwatobi Victor Popoola

Victor Oluwatobi Popoola is an antiretroviral-therapy clinician with over three years’ experience in implementing a holistic care and treatment program for people living with HIV/Aids. He is currently the clinical coordinator for Aids Healthcare Foundation in Kogi state, where he oversees state-level implementation of antiretroviral therapy and prevention services while ensuring quality assurance, expansion, and overall improvement of the program in line with the organization’s goals and objectives.

Oluwatobi Victor PopoolaNigeria

Olufunto Akinterinwa

Olufunto Towobola Akinterinwa is a professional and qualified lawyer in Nigeria. She is the author of a novel, Stranded on Foreign Soil (Ibadan, Bolytag International Publishers, 2011), and also authored Activities of the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora under the chairmanship of Honorable Abike Dabiri-Erewa. She has nine further books awaiting publication. Olufunto invented ‘Bible Board Game’, which is patented under the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.


Mary Watson

Mary Watson has been a practicing educator and humanitarian volunteer for the past seven years, who believes in educating, empowering and influencing young people positively to be changemakers in society.

Mary Watson Ghana

Maryse Djimasse-Mobe

Drawing on over four years’ employment experience in public relation with various organizations, NGOs, and private companies, Maryse Djimasse-Mobe is currently the executive manager for a recruitment agency in which she trains young people and helps them to find jobs. She is also the public relations officer for the youth socialist party in Central African Republic, the official political party, which she belongs to. She works hard to make people, especially young women, get involved in politics, and choose leaders based on their leadership capabilities, and not because of their ethnicity.

Maryse Djimasse-MobeCentral African Republic

Marwa Ismail

Marwa Mohamed is a senior nursing student at Edna Adan University Hospital. She has been actively involved in community service for the past three years, and has dedicated much of her time to youth development, with an emphasis on health and education.