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Farai Mubaiwa

Farai Mubaiwa, 23, co-founded a youth-led organisation, Africa Matters, which has reached at least 12 000 youths across the continent, actively working to change the “Africa is a poor and corrupt continent” narrative.

She helped start the organisation in 2015, with the aim of building leadership capacity through community-impact projects, online leadership training, critical thought pieces, workshops, school talks and a mentorship programme. The organisation has reached individuals in Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Namibia.

She is a recipient of the Queen’s Young Leader Award – which recognises and celebrates young leaders from across the Commonwealth who take ownership of transforming and bettering their communities – for the work that the organisation is doing in changing the lives of others and for encouraging active citizenry.

While working on Africa Matters, Mabaiwa is also pursuing a Masters on the political economy of emerging markets at King’s College in London. She describes herself as an African feminist and encourages women to enter fields dominated by men.

Connect with her on LinkedIn.

Nominated in category: Leadership

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