Affectionately known as Coach Itu, Itumeleng Mohanoe is the cofounder and chief executive of the Coach Itu Academy. As a debating coach, Mohanoe travels with teams throughout Africa and the world. His proudest moment in these travels was making it possible for an all-black South African debating team to win a debating competition in Europe. Working in education and working with youth, making an impact is meaningful for Mohanoe. “Waking up knowing that I am helping to shape South Africa’s brightest minds drives me to excel,” he says. Mohanoe, who also works as the head coach for Tanzania’s national debating team, is a servant of African youth. He runs the Pan-African Schools’ Debating Council, coordinating debates that high school learners participate in throughout Africa. Through this organisation and other platforms, Mohanoe connects the continent’s brightest minds with the rest of the world.
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