ANCILLAR MANGENA, 26

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THE EVENTS of Septem­ber 11, 2001, which shook the world and kept jour­nal­ists on their feet, sparked the news hound in Ancillar Mangena, who was watch­ing the sad loss of life on tele­vi­sion from a dif­fer­ent con­ti­nent.

It was her birth­day but the sixth grader was glued to the news, in­trigued for a whole week.

“It left an ever-burn­ing fire in my heart. I wished I was there. In that same week, I knew I wanted to be a jour­nal­ist,” she said.

Born in Zim­babwe, Mangena stud­ied in Joburg and is a jour­nal­ist at Forbes Africa mag­a­zine, where she does re­search, in­ter­views and writes about Africa’s in­flu­en­tial peo­ple in the world of busi­ness.

She re­cently put to­gether the an­nual Forbes Africa 30 Un­der-30s project, which fea­tures the con­ti­nent’s bright­est and most suc­cess­ful en­trepreneurs un­der the age of 30.

“I also co-host Busi­ness Tonight on CNBC Africa, which gives a wrap of the mar­ket day,” she said.

Her in­spi­ra­tion is her sin­gle-par­ent mother and her hopes are for a pros­per­ous African con­ti­nent.

“Be­fore I iden­tify as a Zim­bab­wean,or South African, my adop­tive coun­try, I iden­tify as a black fe­male African liv­ing in Africa. My dreams for Africa are an Africa that is will­ing to work to­gether; an Africa where hu­man rights are re­spected,” she said.

She was awarded the 2015 San­lam Ex­cel­lence in Fi­nan­cial Jour­nal­ism award and in 2016 the CNN/ Mul­ti­choice Africa Young Jour­nal­ist of the Year award.

“To me, Youth Day means op­por­tu­nity. The youth of 1976 fought for our po­lit­i­cal free­dom and to­day’s youth should be fight­ing for fi­nan­cial free­dom. The youth of 1976… cre­ated an op­por­tu­nity for us to not only dream, but live in a coun­try where we can make our dreams come true,” Mangena said.

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