Magnifique is a 17-year-old full-time student at African Leadership Academy (www.africanleadershipacademy.org) (ALA), a two-year pre-university program in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a mission to identify, develop, and connect Africa’s future leaders.
Magnifique was selected as one of 95 ALA students out of a pool of over 3,000 applicants from across the continent for his passion for public service, his commitment to Africa, and his demonstrated leadership potential to lead change in Africa and beyond.
Magnifique is applying for a loan of $500, which will enable him to purchase a laptop to help him conduct assignments and research, to run his community service project and/or student-run business which forms part of the ALA curriculum, and to participate fully in the world-class program offered by ALA.
Magnifique was born in the Democatic Republic of Congo. Unfortunately, Magnifique’s family was forced to flee from the war in DRC, and he has grown up as a refugee in Namibia.
Magnifique shows a passion for empowering youth to make better choices. Magnifique has an interest in youth entertainment and showed that he has entreprenieral skills when he started his own production initiative called MN Productions to encourage youth that they can have fun without alcohol. He continued to develop this entertainment company to provide safe entertainment for young people even though he faced a few challenges along the way (not all young people were interested in his idea of alcohol free entertainment!) To further develop his interest in the entertainment industry, Magnifique interned with an audio company to train himself in the mechanics of running technical audio systems.
Magnifique is also particularly environmentally conscious. He created the R CUBED Committee (Recycle x Reduce and Re-use) in his high school, which he says allowed for his peers to have an avenue to make their science classes practical. “It is important for students to be involved in things they care about”, says Magnifique. “School is about implementing accessed information and not just remembering it for exams,” he says.
Magnifique’s impressive leadership skills have been apparent from a young age. At the age of only 16, Magnifique became the Junior Deputy Mayor of the Rehoboth Junior Town Council – a prestigious position that he was selected for by his school principal based on his leadership potential. As a member of the Junior Council, he was extremely involved and even has the opportunity to attend the Youth 21 Global Youth Leadership Forum on Inclusive Governance in Nairobi, Kenya.
Magnifique is passionate about physical sciences and mathematics. He is especially interested in alien life and robotics – he has even already started designing his own robotic modules. He hopes to one day become one of the world’s greatest scientists. A true entrepreneur, Magnifique hopes to one day open a bank in Africa that will grants dreams and ideas the opportunity to grown and be sustainable.
About African Leadership Academy
African Leadership Academy (ALA) is a pan-African institution established to transform Africa by identifying, developing and connecting the continent’s next generation of leaders. ALA utilizes a vast network of contacts across Africa to identify the most promising 15- to 19-year-old leaders on the continent. These future leaders are then brought together for a two-year pre-university program at a world-class institution in Johannesburg, South Africa. Many of these students attend college in the U.S. with the promise to return to Africa after their studies. ALA’s student body comes from over 44 African countries and includes equal numbers of boys and girls.
In the digital age, the importance of technology in leadership and student life cannot be underestimated. To equip ALA students with the technological tools they need to be transformative leaders, Kiva provides laptop loans totalling about $500 per student ad the start of every academic year.
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