Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh

After matriculating from the stone-arched halls of St John’s College and completing his Xhosa initiation rites Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh did an honours degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Cape Town, where he was elected president of the students’ representative council and was awarded an internship at the United States House of Representatives. At 18 he co-founded Grow2Lead, a youth leadership programme which set the stage for his most recent endeavour, InkuluFreeHeid, a social movement that unites politics and civil society. In 2006 he was speaker of the Johannesburg Junior City Council and was nominated for an All Africa Music award for a hip hop album he released with AKA and Greyhound. Today the 24-year-old runs his mouth in the aid of political activism and is pursuing a master’s at Oxford. He will present InkuluFreeHeid as an ambassador for One Young World at the London-based charity’s summit in Johannesburg in September. — Rudi Benadé