Cross River born Duke Joseph-Ekezie has been listed among the 2019 Africave inaugural cohort.

Duke, 19, will join 22 other young Africave Fellows from seven African countries to assemble some of the brightest Africans globally, who are pushing the envelope in their various fields and industries to serve as mentors, partners and growth buddies for younger Africans.

The founder of Africave, Mr. Kennedy Ekezie said the initiative is guided by the values of social impact, value-creation and integrity, and hopes to leverage the unique expertise of its partners to grow and deliver impact to its fellows.

Duke Joseph-Ekezie

“Africa is the youngest continent in the world: the median age is 19.5 years. We are unlocking the potential inherent in this population by empowering them to become future leaders through personalized mentorship and guidance to access global opportunities: fellowships, jobs and university education. Fellows use these opportunities to impact their world and create a legacy in their immediate communities.

“Africave will identify some of Africa’s most promising young talent aged 13 – 19, and pair them up with carefully selected African mentors from across the continent for a 6-month period. Its mission is to build an inspired community of bright young Africans, and help them access global opportunities to impact the world in the way they want to and create a legacy they’re proud of,” said Africave founder, Kennedy Ekezie.

Mr. Kennedy added that: “The carefully selected and curated mentors consists of very high-achieving young Africans, mostly under the age of 25, who have attended prestigious schools including Duke, Princeton, UCL, Cambridge; have competed at the Olympics; have been employed by top global organisations like Goldman Sachs, Boston Consulting Group, Rolls Royce, McKinsey, Accenture, UNESCO and Google; and have built organisations that have cumulatively impacted the lives of over 50,000 people: from making mental health counselling more accessible across the continent, to implementing programs to defeating Boko Haram in West Africa, and implementing technology solutions for agriculture.”

On his part, Duke said he was delighted to be accepted into the Africave ecosystem. He said being an Africave fellow will enable him contribute to Africa’s growth.

“I am blessed to have been accepted into Africave’s inaugural cohort. I will be joining 22 other siblings from across the continent on this journey towards self-development to enable us further contribute to Africa’s growth. Special thanks to the team at Africave for believing in me.

“Looking forward to an incredible journey with this community @Calabar,” the 19 year old wrote on Facebook.

The six-month-long mentoring initiative connects selected young Africans with mentors, who guide them to become the best version of themselves, helping them grow personally and professionally.

Visit to see full profile of the 2019 Africave Fellows.

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