Zimbabwean student honoured to receive Mandela Rhodes Scholarship

Mandela University final year Law student from Zimbabwe, Gamuchirai Mudehwe, has been selected as part of the 54 exceptional young African leaders to join The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship class of 2020.

More than 5 000 applications were received for 2020. The Mandela Rhodes Scholars in this cohort hail from 14 African countries and will complete their postgraduate studies in South Africa, in disciplines from Astrophysics to Graphic Design, while completing the MRF’s Leadership Development Programme.

Gamuchirai, a Residence Student Assistant from Sol Plaatje Residence, has been actively involved in student governance and development, serving on the Student Representative Council in 2018 as the Faculty of Law student representative. He founded and chaired the Law Students Council and also worked with the Law Students Society, the Black Lawyers Society and the International Law Students Society. He is a co-founder of the Toastmasters Society and has served as its Deputy President. In April this year, he was awarded the “Leadership and Service Award” by the Law Faculty Dean for his outstanding leadership work.

Even though competition was tough with the applications being open to African Nationals between the ages of 19 – 30 from 14 different African countries, Gamuchirai was up for the challenge and believed in himself through his faith in God.

Being selected for this prestigious scholarship certainly comes with great responsibilities and expectations. Mandela Rhodes Scholars are expected to maintain high academic performances and participate in the leadership programme.

He describes himself as “the future President of the United States of Africa”, stemming from his strong belief in creating a United Africa and that Africa will only reach its fullest potential when we come together as one. He hopes that with the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship he will be exposed to like-minded future leaders, and grow each other in leadership as they embark on the journey to achieve a better Africa and a better world.

Gamuchirai will continue his studies in the Master of Laws (Taxation) during his Scholarship year.

The Mandela Rhodes Scholarships programme is a combination of financial support for postgraduate studies and a high quality Leadership Development Programme, with the intention of building exceptional leadership capacity in Africa.

Gamuchirai is very passionate about leadership growth in Africa and shaping its future. “The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship aims to build exceptional leadership in Africa and I am proud to be part of that journey,” he said.
More than 5 000 applications were received for 2020. The Mandela Rhodes Scholars in this cohort hail from 14 African countries and will complete their postgraduate studies in South Africa, in disciplines from Astrophysics to Graphic Design, while completing the MRF’s Leadership Development Programme.More than 5 000 applications were received for 2020. The Mandela Rhodes Scholars in this cohort hail from 14 African countries and will complete their postgraduate studies in South Africa, in disciplines from Astrophysics to Graphic Design, while completing the MRF’s Leadership Development Programme.
 
Posted on 11 November 2019 14:49:21


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