Nkosi Duma (24) is an active citizen with an exemplary record of voluntary service. In Grade 11, he was elected head boy, after which he was selected by Rotary International to represent South Africa in Brazil as a youth ambassador. In 2015 he enrolled at the University of KwaZulu Natal for a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree, majoring in Community Development and Media and Cultural Studies.
In that same year, he was appointed the chairperson of InkuluFreeHeid, a youth-led, civil society organization which seeks to deepen democracy, reignite civil society activism, and enhance social cohesion. In his community of Magabheni, in eThekwini, he has volunteered with Vuselela Ithemba Youth Club, facilitating career awareness programmes for local schools as well as community outreach programmes. In 2017 he joined the Ulwazi Programme, where he freelances, generating locally relevant content in Zulu and English. Coming from a disadvantaged community, Nkosi is acutely aware of South Africa’s socio-economic challenges and is passionate about contributing towards alleviating the HIV/AIDS pandemic. At the end of 2017, he completed his degree with nine distinctions. And at the end of 2018, he completed his Bachelor of Social Science Honours in Culture, Communication and Media Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.