Applications for our New Narratives programme have now closed 

Through our New Narratives programme, we’re offering Key Stage 4 pupils and above, the chance to discuss some of the biggest issues of 2022 with young African influencers.

Topics could be anything from career development, to inequalities or the media.

These online sessions will be tailored to your school’s needs and interests and can be adapted as career conversations, inspirational talks or guest speakers.

About New Narratives

New Narratives is a five-year programme which aims to build new and stronger connections between young people across the countries of Africa and the UK - it aims to contribute to updating the narrative,  stimulating dialogue around arts, culture and education.

The offer for schools

We are offering a series of up to three fully funded online sessions per school, facilitated by young influencers from across Africa. These sessions can be used to:

  • Share personal narratives of inspiring young people and their career paths.
  • Stimulate debate around stereotypes and outdated narratives between the UK and Africa.
  • Feed into a range of subject areas including history, geography and media studies.

Applications for this programme have now closed, with sessions being scheduled for March-April 2022.

Meet our young African influencers:

Maya Gadir

Maya from Sudan, has over seven years of experience working in Media as a Radio Broadcaster of 'Capital Breakfast', the morning flagship show with the highest listenership for the first English radio station in Sudan Capital Radio 91.6FM. She empowers Sudanese ladies and young women through different projects and mentoring programs that raise their awareness to explore, discover and reach their true potentials.

Amal Golli

Amal is a Tunisian engineering student, who specialises in Cyber-security and artificial intelligence. She has been part of several international organizations during her academic career such as IEEE (Institute of Electrical Electronic engineering). As an active citizen who is passionate about politics, she has been a Member of the British Council Future Leaders Connect network since 2019. She is now part of the New Narratives program, mainly focusing on education across Africa and the UK.


Ebenezar Wikina

Ebenezar from Nigeria, has over 11 years of experience in media, youth development, and policy analysis. He founded Policy Shapers and currently serves as Advocacy Coordinator at PIND Foundation. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network and International judge of the Association for International Broadcasting Awards based in London. 

Lillian Moremi

Lillian Moremi is an Adolescent Girls and Young Women’s Facilitator based in Botswana. She has over ten years of experience in driving the youth development agenda, specifically focusing on youth leadership, entrepreneurship and promoting youth employment services in Africa. Lillian is currently a Learning and Development Consultant at Career Coaching (Pty) Ltd, a social enterprise she established in 2013 to promote training, skills development and productivity in the workplace.

Nahom Teklu

Nahom, from Ethiopia, is a multidisciplinary architect, environmental practitioner, and curator. He is the East Africa region representative Earth Champion for the COP26 IGAD's climate action initiative. Nahom promotes environmental conservation, youth engagement, inclusive planning, and innovative approaches towards change and transformation. 

Rogério Marques Júnior

Rogério is a Social Entrepreneur with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique. He is the Founder of many initiatives including Youth Reference Hub, Citizens of Mozambique Association and the first portal of political education in Mozambique called PoliMoz. Through the Youth Reference Hub, his aim is to create a virtual and physical space where young people are inspired by each other and find key tools for strengthening their life skills.

Toka Hlongwane

Toka Hlongwane is a cinematographer, photographer, director, producer and writer from South Africa. As a television producer, he is a 2018 South African Film & Television Award recipient for a children’s extreme sports show called Xcellerate. As a writer, his work has been published in publications including Lowle, People’s Stories Project and Between 10 and 5. He is also a social entrepreneur who runs an independent Pan Africanist Cinema in Johannesburg called Bantu Scope.