South Sudanese Emma Kwaje wins 2023 Future African Leaders Award

Emma Kwaje has been awarded the 2023 Future African Leaders Award for her remarkable work in empowering young girls and women in South Sudan.

South Sudanese Emma Kwaje wins 2023 Future African Leaders Award.

Emma Kwaje, a 22-year-old from South Sudan, has emerged as one of the ten winners of the prestigious 2023 Future African Leaders Awards. The award ceremony took place on December 31st in Nigeria.

Emma, the Executive Director and Founder of Banat Power, was honored for her outstanding work in empowering young girls and women to overcome feelings of inferiority. Her community-based initiative has been instrumental in fostering change and inspiring others to rise above societal barriers. In addition to her role as an activist, Emma is also a talented journalist, poetess, and gospel singer.

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As a testament to her dedication and achievements, Emma received a generous prize of USD 10,000, along with her fellow winners. The Future African Leaders Awards, organized by the esteemed Future African Leaders Foundation, aims to recognize the remarkable contributions of young individuals who have made a significant impact on their communities.


Emma Kwaje said that with the award, she was more determined than ever to continue her work, to amplify the voices of the marginalized, and to break down the barriers that hinder progress.

“I pledge to use this recognition as a platform to amplify voices, to advocate for rights, and to create pathways for success for countless girls and women whose dreams have been stifled by inequality, discrimination, and limited opportunities and all the young people,” she told Talk of Juba.

Joining Emma in this year’s winner’s circle are nine other exceptional individuals from Togo, Uganda, Morocco, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Chad, Liberia, Ghana, and Lesotho. Each of these winners has demonstrated a profound commitment to addressing African challenges and building a network of like-minded individuals dedicated to finding innovative solutions.

The Future African Leaders Awards, an annual event held on New Year’s Eve, serves as a platform to celebrate the achievements of these vibrant and inspiring young leaders. Their unwavering dedication to their communities and their relentless pursuit of change exemplify the hope and promise of Africa’s future.

Congratulations to Emma Kwaje and all the winners of the 2023 Future African Leaders Awards for their exceptional contributions and commitment to driving positive change across the continent.

“Congratulations to her and thanks to the awarding body,” Hellen Patricia commented.

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