Uganda’s Winnie Nansunmba named among Africa’s Most Outstanding Emerging Women Leaders

Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa proudly announces the 2015 MILEAD (Moremi Initiative Leadership and Empowerment Development) Fellows. This new cohort of MILEAD Fellows represent Africa’s most promising young women leaders with the courage and commitment to lead and shape the future of Africa. The Fellows were chosen through a highly competitive selection process and criteria based on their outstanding leadership promise, community service accomplishments, and commitment to the advancement of women in Africa.

Ms Winnie Nansumba’s selection is in recognition of her outstanding work as a leader and activist especially for young people living with HIV/AIDS. Winnie founded the “Innocent League” and has led her team to implement five campaigns raising awareness on the different facets of HIV/AIDS. In working with youth, her organization shares stories of hope and resilience through personal experiences. Approximately 1200 young people from four Primary schools in Makindye Division of Kampala have benefited from the work of the Innocent League. Winnie also works with Reach a Hand Uganda as a Peer educator. She is a member and alumna of Bavubuka Dynasty and Merita Movement. In 2010, she gave a keynote address sharing her personal story as a young woman born with HIV/AIDS at the “International Conference on Sexuality Under 18”, organized by World Population Foundation and Rutgers Nisso Groep, Netherlands. Her presentation on improvement of sexual reproductive health and rights of ‘young positives” has been added to the curriculum for secondary schools in Uganda known as “the World Starts With Me”. Since 2008, she has been part of the team of Reproductive Health Uganda and RutgersWPF, Netherlands, piloting a curriculum on SRHR for “young positives” in Kampala, Bujiri, Tororo, Iganga and Jinja.

THE 2015 MILEAD FELLOWS                                                                                                                             

The 2015 MILEAD Fellows represent a truly Pan-African diversity. Representing twenty-four African countries and the Diaspora, the 2015 Fellows bring highly diverse socio-political backgrounds combined with multi-disciplinary academic and professional experiences and aspirations. The Fellows are between the ages of 19 and 25, but are already actively leading change on pertinent issues at all levels- from entrepreneurship, economic justice and women’s health, to political participation, environmental innovations and gender justice. They are a new generation of African women leaders ready to provide the bold and inspirational leadership needed to lift Africa to its rightful place on the global stage. Here are the honoured 2015 Fellows:

Ms. Yasmine Bouguerche [Algeria/ Egypt]

Ms. Refilwe Kerekang [Botswana]

Ms. Véronique A. Tonoukouen [Benin]

Ms. Erica Matasi Gateka [Burundi]

Ms. Monique Tangah Kwachou [Cameroon]

Ms. Betel Bekele Birhanu [Ethiopia]

Ms. Haddy Jonga [Gambia]

Ms. Baaba Gyakyewa Jackson [Ghana]

Ms. Edem Doreen Asimadu [Ghana]

Ms. Stephanie Musho Agengo [Kenya]

Ms. Sianeh Farwenee [Liberia/ Mozambique]

Ms. Marriam Lally [Malawi]

Ms. Chilera Chifundo [Malawi]

Ms. Agaichatou Dicko [Mali]

Ms. Mary Temiloluwa Ajayi [Nigeria]

Ms. Zeinabou Moussa  Kaka [Niger]

Ms. Davephine Tholley [Sierra Leone]

Ms. Elizabeth Achu Jervase [South Sudan]

Ms. Canthar May Ntuli [South Africa]

Ms. Rowan Faisal [Sudan]

Ms. Dorothy Mrema [Tanzania]

Ms. Winnie Nansumba  [Uganda]

Ms. Bumba Malambo [Zambia]

Ms. Florence Takaedesa [USA/Zimbabwe]

Ms. Mary C. Namagambe [Denmark/ Uganda]

Ms. Monica Habia- [Ghana/USA]

From over 3,020 applications from 44 countries, the newly selected Fellows will become part of the growing MILEAD community of a powerful Pan-African network of change makers- a new generation of young African leaders. We acknowledge all the unsuccessful applicants for their transformational work and sacrifices, often under extremely difficult circumstances. Although only 26 candidates could be selected, we truly admire the courage and commitment of all of these leaders. We look forward to collaborating with all applicants through other platforms and future programs as we strive to create opportunities and attain dignity and justice for women on our great continent.


The MILEAD Fellows will converge in Accra, Ghana to kick-start the 2015 MILEAD Leadership Institute- a three-week intensive training program- which will be hosted by the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon. The Institute will serve as a platform for Fellows to cross-examine concepts of leadership in a broad African context, cultivate the skills and experiences necessary to occupy and excel in leadership positions, and gain knowledge on cutting-edge issues critical to African women and their communities. In addition to knowledge building lectures, skills-training workshops, teambuilding activities, role plays and other interactive activities, Fellows will be mentored by experienced and accomplished women leaders who are committed to supporting and nurturing the next generation of African women leaders.



The MILEAD Fellows Program is a uniquely designed initiative committed to the long-term leadership development and promotion of Africa’s most promising young women leaders. Fellows go through a yearlong training and mentoring program, designed to build skills, strengthen networks, and support women’s leadership on critical issues. Over the course of the year, the selected Fellows progress through three phases.  The first identifies and prepares Fellows through leadership development, networking, mentoring, and training.  The second promotes the visibility and accomplishments of Fellows through media coverage and networking.  The third phase supports Fellows through career planning, management, and access to opportunities and resources. Each Fellow will initiate and lead a community change (MiCHANGE) project on a critical issue of importance to their community or African women as a whole. Moreover, Fellows will benefit from a lifelong solidarity and support through the MILEAD Network.


Founded in 2004, The Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa strives to engage, inspire, and equip young women and girls to become the next generation of leading politicians, activists, social entrepreneurs, and change agents- leaders who can transform and change institutions that legitimize and perpetuate injustices and discrimination against women. We firmly believe that the full and active participation of women in leadership is a pre-requisite for positive change and development in Africa, and addresses the current problem of leadership imbalances. With offices in Ghana and the United States and operating across Africa, Moremi engages, inspires and equips a new generation of African women leaders.


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