Lungile Zakwe is a proud literary and education activist with a keen interest in woman empowerment. Lungile is the Founder, President and Facilitator of AFRO-Freedom Book Club; a public book club that focuses on African writers to inspire dialogue and civic engagement in the community. She is an African feminist who strongly believes in the voice of Africans and the importance of telling our own stories.

She has led two national and award-winning organisations; as Executive Director at IkamvaYouth and as Chief Operations Officer and National Manager at the Treatment Action Campaign. She has experience in the private sector as a Management Consultant at Accenture. She has an impressive list of qualifications behind her including an International Strategy M.Sc. from the University of St Andrews, and an Honours Degree in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand. She holds a Diploma in democratic institutions and participatory democracy from the Swedish Institute of Public Administration. She is a 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow for young African leaders and a 2019 Coaching Fellow. Lungile is driven by her commitment to a free and equal society for all.

She has been presented with honorary citizenship of Boone in North Carolina U.S.A. as a big recognition for the work that she does and the leadership role she plays in civic engagement. "Honorary citizenship is a status bestowed by a country on a foreign or native individual whom it considers to be especially admirable or otherwise worthy of the distinction."

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