Thokozile Nhlumayo gained recognition throughout Africa for her #NotTooYoungToLead campaign. She recalls, “This was a defining moment for my career because it meant the whole of Africa is finally heeding the call to give young people a seat at the table.”
As executive secretary of the International Youth Parliament, Nhlumayo is dedicated to advocating inclusive and collaborative government practice across the continent. With a particular focus on young women and the LGBTQIA+ community, her term of office has achieved international regard, from the African Union to the United States government. When asked about what she aspires to accomplish, Nhlumayo explains, “My hope is that in years to come, I won’t have to be doing this work anymore; that we will have moved on, that we will be on our way to gender equality, to racial equity, and there will be no need to do what I do.”
I envision a collaborative, inclusive and democratic political system in South Africa, free of prejudice and bigotry.