Earlier this year, award-winning Nigerian dancehall artist Patoranking announced, at an information session in Lagos, that he will be offering 10 fully-paid scholarships for promising students from across Africa to attend the prestigious African Leadership University (ALU) in 2020.
Today, in a signed release, he announced that these 10 outstanding students have been selected after reviewing thousands of applications from over 45 countries in Africa.
The recipients of this scholarship will receive full coverage for their tuition and other study-related costs to study at the African Leadership University.
“These young Africans have distinguished themselves through their vision, resilience, and the impact they have already made in their communities despite their financial limitations. They have demonstrated exceptional potential in becoming part of the next generation of leaders that will greatly improve the continent, and it’s the potential impact that I see them making that gets me excited”, said Patoranking
“We are excited to receive these 10 Patoranking Scholars to both our Rwanda and Mauritius Campuses for the 2020 session. The scholarship was highly contested and these young Africans were able to stand out clearly with an impressive story,” Tino Elgner, the Director of Admissions at ALU, said. “We are even more confident that they will go on to create positive change starting from their communities.”
The Patoranking Scholarship was set up in partnership with ALU to identify young Africans in low-income areas with an exceptional track record of impact within their communities and connect them with a world-class education that will enable them to scale this impact.
“I will be following up personally with each Patoranking Scholar throughout the duration of their study at ALU, and will support their development into entrepreneurial leaders,” Patoranking also said.
Full List of Patoranking Scholars 2020/21
Chidera Nnadozie (Female)
ABDULMALEEK USMAN (Male)
EMMANUEL MARKWEI (Male)
HARDNESS RANGE (Female)
HANISANI NLEYA (female)
AMOS KASUMBA (Male)
KAFUMBA S DARAMAY (Female)
EMMANUEL OKORWOIT (Male)
SANDRA MUGENIWAYESU (female)
YOUSSOUF OUEDRAOGO (Male)
Patoranking is an award-winning Nigerian dancehall artist who has made major waves over the last few years with his unique blend of Dancehall, Reggae and Afrobeats has allowed him to create a distinct sound recognized by many. Since his emergence, Patoranking has accumulated a massive following online with over 160 million views on YouTube. His debut album GOE released in 2016 peaked at #4 on the Billboard Reggae Charts, the same album which spawned another hit, No Kissing featuring Ghana’s Sarkodie.
He completed two successful tours in Europe and the Caribbean in 2017/18 and scored a seat on the judging panel for the internationally acclaimed reality singing competition – The Voice Nigeria for two seasons (2016 / 2017). His urge to impact fans around the world through his culture has earned him some of the most prestigious awards including The Headies Award for The Next Rated Award and the Best New Act of The Year at the City People Entertainment Awards. Accolades continue to pile up for this charismatic performer, aside from being awarded MTV Africa’s Song of the Year for My Woman, My Everything, Patoranking was also crowned Best African artist at the South African Music Awards (SAMA) in 2017. He’s gone on to win several awards including video of the year for his most talked about song Heal D World at the 2019 Soundcity awards.
He was recently announced as a recipient of the Forbes Africa 30 under 30 class of 2020, which is such a huge accomplishment for him.
About the African Leadership University
Founded in 2015, African Leadership University (ALU) is on a mission to unlock a new era of opportunity for Africa by unleashing a new generation of entrepreneurial and ethical leaders to solve the continent’s grandest challenges. With state-of-the-art campuses in Mauritius and Rwanda, ALU is composed of more than 1,200 students representing more than 40 African nations. In 2019, ALU was ranked as one of the 50 most innovative organizations in the world by Fast Company magazine and described by The New York Times as one of the top eight places in the world where history is being made. You can learn more about ALU at www.alueducation.com.