What is INGRESS20? INGRESS20, launched by Ingress Media—the prime student-run media company at ALC—, is poised to become the prime listing of some of the most influential college students in Africa. The purpose of the listing is not to create a stratification amongst students, but to recognize and appreciate students who have used their talent, time, energy, and resources significantly to influence student life in their respective universities. This inaugural ALC Edition features students from the African Leadership College whose actions, projects, or roles have in one way or the other changed the way we think about and engage with student life at ALC. We had a number of great nominations, but only had 20 spots so had to weigh each nomination uniquely per category. This ALC Edition is only a catalyst to begin the annual INGRESS20 listings which would be released on November 1 each year. “INGRESS20/17”, which will be released on November 1, 2017, is set to be the first official public listing of the 20 most influential college students in Mauritius. We will be announcing when nominations are expected to be open and hope to see a number of ALC students making the list.
How are the INGRESS20 selected? For this inaugural ‘ALC Edition’, the list was drafted from nominations within the Ingress editorial team. However, the annual INGRESS20 list will be drafted from nominations by INGRESS20 Alumni, members of the Ingress editorial team, and the general public (for specific categories). Eligibility: 1. Must be a registered student at the African Leadership College, Mauritius. 2. Must NOT have any current affiliations with Ingress Media, or any of its subsidiary companies. DISCLAIMER: - This list does not, in any form, reflect the opinion of the management of the African Leadership College, but the editorial team at Ingress Media. - This list features more second-year students than first-years. This is not because of a difference in skill or talent, but because of the competitive advantage the founding class had to set up most of the existing systems and structures a year before the arrival of the first-years. Categories ● Leaders ● Artists
● Shakers ● Icons
Leaders These are students who, through their projects, have shaped how we think about student life at ALC. Their projects have woven into the fabric of our everyday lives, conversations, and lingo at ALC.
Elizabeth Kitange (Distinguished Guest Speaker Series) She has contributed to the community through her meritorious leadership of the Distinguished Guest Speaker Series which has connected students at ALC with some of the most accomplished entrepreneurs, businesspeople, diplomats, artists, and academics. She also served as one of the founding members and the very first Secretary-General of the African Leadership Model United Nations Society.
Joseph Rutakangwa (Banza Magazine) Under his leadership, Banza Magazine has grown to become one of the most prestigious collegiate lifestyle and fashion magazines in Africa. Securing partnerships with the likes of Coca-Cola, the magazine has been able to raise thousands of dollars and reach hundreds of thousands of readers till date. Banza is, today, hailed as one of the trendsetters on campus at ALC. Joseph also represented ALC at the 2016 Harvard World Model United Nations in Rome.
Sisekelo Dlamini (Turnt) Through Turnt, Sisekelo has been able to change how we think about turn up at ALC. From organising road trips to some of the most historical and exciting cultural sites in Mauritius to connecting students with external events such as Glow in the Dark, International Students’ Night, and sharing DJ Traxler’s “Tuesday Mixes” with us, it has been a journey with Turnt. Turnt went on to win the highly coveted Student Venture of the Year award at the 2016 ALU Awards.
Stephanie Gogo (Baddest Entertainment) Stephanie, and the co-founders of Baddest Entertainment have put together, arguably, the largest student-led collegiate event of the year yet in Mauritius, which is something no other student at ALC had been able to do in prior times. Stephanie has also served on the Arts@ALU commission and has worked to structure the initiative which is now one of the largest and most reputable at ALC.
Eric Maingi (Juice by MOTE) Eric, through ‘Juice by MOTE’ has changed the way we think about refreshment and drinks at ALC. ‘Juice by MOTE’ has grown to become the very first and most widely known studentrun refreshment brand at ALC. Eric also led the setting up the ALC Drama Club which has worked with Mauritian directors and is currently in the process of shooting a short film with Ingress Media scheduled for release in 2018.
Artists These are students whose love of art has contributed to the shaping of the art space at ALC. They have used their talents and skills to set the pace in various forms of art from photography to music, and more.
Babalola Awe (Music) Students at ALC have been graced with music from Room8 Records which echoes through the corridors of our residences. Music from Room8 would not have been possible without the contribution of Babalola. He is one of the founders of the company as well as its lead producer. Under his leadership, we have seen the launch and rise of ALC artists: Smokey, Maliq, Twenty9, etc. His impact on the music scene at ALC will not be forgotten in a hurry.
René Louis Solomon (Photography)
We have all seen René’s work all around campus and on social media as he holds the reputation of being the earliest student to produce photography and videography content for ALC marketing. He has earned his place as one of ALC’s most reputable student photographers / videographers. One of René’s works went on to be selected as a finalist for the Mo Ibrahim ‘My Africa’ competition to depict what Africa would look like in fifty years.
Michael Muita (Drama) Michael came into the drama scene at ALC not too long ago, and in less than a year has greatly impacted what we have come to understand as drama at ALC. He directed his first play, ‘Knife’, at the ALU Arts Fest which received an almost unanimous acclaim as arguably the best play of the night. With ‘Knife’, he has set the trend of what activism through art could look like and allowed us to see and feel what being queer in an African context looks and feels like.
Mpumalanga Zwane (Spoken Word) Mpumalanga’s spoken word pieces have a reputation of being one of the highlights of almost any arts shows organised at ALC. With her poetry and spoken word, she allows us to question some of the beliefs we hold about things which shape our everyday life at ALC and beyond. Her art has allowed us to explore different worlds from religion, to feminism, to relationships and so much more. She is one of ALC’s strongest voices in poetry and spoken word.
Olivier Ndiaye (Painting) Olivier has been one of the earliest trendsetters of painting at ALC and has contributed to building the visual arts community at ALC. One of his most known works on campus is the painting he created of the Chancellor of the university, Graça Machel, which received well-deserved praise and recognition. After going on a hiatus for several months, Olivier has returned to the arts scene and exhibited some of his amazing works at the ALU Arts Fest.
Shakers These are students who, through their activities or projects have shaken the ALC community by adding another dimension to either the student life body, or how we think about certain elements of student life at ALC. These are the pioneers.
Houcem Khlifi (Microsoft Student Partners) It has been said that tech enthusiasts had been underrepresented and under-acknowledged at ALC until the intervention of the Houcem who, with Faouzi Jdidi, was the very first ALC student to become a Microsoft Student Partner. He also worked to create the ‘Entrenology Club’ at ALU which saw the training of students in basic computing with a focus on computer programming languages during the 2015/2016 academic year.
Priyusha Ujoodha (Rotary) Priyusha played a vital role in founding the Rotary Club at ALC and ensured that it kept running. She started off as the President of the Club a little while after the club was formed. Through her leadership, she emphasized on team building and expansion of the club’s boundaries beyond the walls of ALC. It was through her hard work and commitment that the team was able to attend the 2017 Rotaract Youth Leadership Awards in Madagascar where they leveraged skills and training to empower the incoming leadership into “leadership beyond self” principle.
Melissa Kariuki (COMMON, Feminazi) Melissa is arguably one of the most well-known founders at ALC as her proclivity to set up ventures around her passions is something she is known for. Melissa is one of the cofounders of COMMON which organised the very first Open Mic at ALC which flung the doors open for a follow-up of other Open Mic events. Also, her work with COMMON laid the foundations of what we know today as Arts@ALU. She also cofounded Feminazi which uses arts and fashion to unequivocally campaign for gender equality and an elimination of discrimination in all its forms.
Hossam Hamdy (TEDxALC) It is common knowledge that the ALC community houses some of the most opinionated young people on the continent. Hossam Hamdy, together with Ukeme Jonah, Isaac Agyemang and the rest of the founding team of TEDxALC, created a space for ALC students to share their ideas in the well known TED talk style. Hossam and Sisekelo are currently leading the team which is creating a bigger and better TEDxALC later this year.
Mercy Kyatha (Sports) When we hear the word ‘sports’ it is typical to immediately associate the term with the male gender. However, Kyatha has changed the way we at ALC think about the gender dynamics around sports. She has been very influential in the sport of soccer, not just at ALC, but across Mauritius. She currently plays for one of the Mauritian female soccer teams and represents the country in soccer tournaments.
Icons These are students who have left a lasting impact on the community which has built a legacy for them on campus. Their actions and influence in the community would not be forgotten any time soon. (Late) Favour Tosin Lawani Favour graced the ALC community with her art through her passion for art and design which she expressed through her clothing designs. She went on to serve as one of the very first set of designers to work on the inaugural Feminazi show in 2016. Favour’s death gave a huge blow to the ALC community in 2016. However, it also saw the community of staff and students break down but build themselves up and uniting as a family like never before. She was truly an icon, both in life and in death.
Flora Nyoro If we had systems in place for approval ratings at ALC, Flora would have one of the highest. She won the very first Miss ALU award in 2015 for her efforts in contributing to the development of the student body at ALC. She did not stop there, she was voted Miss ALU again in 2016 which earned her the reputation of not only the very first Miss ALU, but also the first two-time winner of the Miss ALU award. She also works actively to create the biweekly assemblies at ALC which brings the entire community together.
Sharon Baah Moving around the island could be an ask for students at ALC especially with the fact that our classrooms are fifteen minutes away from where we live. Sharon, the longest-serving transport representative, has helped smoothen this process for students. From organising airport pickups, drop-offs, intra-ALC and extraALC transportation, to facilitating the process for students to obtain bus passes, Sharon has helped to streamline transportation for students at ALU so effectively that sometimes, we forget that it is someone who manages transport at ALC.
Piet Motalaota The 2015/2016 academic year at ALC saw the formation of over eighty different student-led ventures. However, there can only be one ‘first’. Piet, together with Emmanuel Kabeya and Ukeme Jonah set up ALC’s very first student-led venture, Snack Time. Snack Time provided basic snacks and personal items to students at retail price. Although the company has been acquired by Lawrenda Adzomani’s “Snack Bar”, it remains the very first venture at ALC; a true icon.
Lindokuhle Zungu It is no secret that the topic of homosexuality is something which is greatly frowned at in the typical African setting. Coming from such upbringings, ALC students initially hold prejudices around the topic which affects how they engage with LGBTQIA+ students at ALC. Lindokuhle has played a key role in shaping how we, at ALC, approach the topic of homosexuality and what it actually means to be gay in Africa. Through his activism, we have been forced to open our minds and engage with the topic from a more objective point of view. Lindo serves as an icon to present and future LGBT students and staff at ALC.
Honorable Mentions These are people whose contribution and influence have also shaped what we have come to know as student life at ALC. These are the runners-up for the ALC Edition of INGRESS20 who we also want to recognize and appreciate. Bakoena “DJ Traxler” Seboka For leading the rise of DJs at ALC and turning up our playlists and parties with his music mixes. Maty Diop For being the co-founder of one of the most iconic activist and artistic ventures at ALC—Feminazi. Lawrenda Adzomani For dominating the culinary and food retail sector at ALC through her venture—Snack Bar. Michael Mutie For changing how we think about the environment and its conservation through Climart. Dennis Kayebeta For ensuring a better groomed community at ALC through his venture—Ubuntu. Wiem Boubaker For getting the ALC community engaged in giving back to the community through ALUGive
Edwin Warutere For striving to ensure a more active and energetic ALC community through ALUMove. Thomas Mbajjwe For creating a Christian society at ALU to allow students develop spiritually. Charles Kibirige For contributing immensely to the development of the arts culture at ALC through Arts@ALU. Richard Adu-Poku For giving a Voice! to students at ALC through the debating and public speaking.
Ingressors “It’s been a long time coming in trying to put this list together, because we had to try our best to be unbiased as possible. One of the most difficult decisions we had to make was not to include any Ingressors because some of them, in one way or the other make a significant contribution to the community. Overall, the whole idea of the INGRESS20 is exciting and we are more than happy to appreciate the efforts of everyone who takes their time to serve the community.” -Selasi Torkornoo Editor-in-Chief, Ingress Media
“I am very proud of our INGRESS20 list as the people listed represent the diversity in skill, personality, and projects we have here at ALC. I am aware that not everyone may agree with this list, but it can be unanimously agreed that each person listed has, in one way or more, added value to the student life at ALC. It is specifically for this reason that they are being recognised and appreciated by Ingress.” -Arinze Obiezue CEO, Ingress Media