The African Consciousness Institute is the brainchild of Professor Shadrick Mazaza, a renowned physician, philosopher and academic. Prof. Mazaza has been a Faculty member of the prestigious Graduate School of Business (GSB) of the University of Cape Town (UCT), in Cape Town, South Africa, for over a decade. He is Honorary Associate Professor, Division of Family Medicine, School of Public Health and Family Medicine. His academic focus is personal transformation and authentic leadership. Prof. Mazaza has spearheaded a shift to prioritise personal transformation as a foundation for all the GSB’s academic programmes, to produce conscious and ethical business leaders with increased understanding of themselves and the world. In 2012, Prof. Mazaza conceptualized the idea of an institute dedicated to developing African mindsets and preparing them for the task of co-creating a new Africa. His vision was strengthened by the 2013 announcement of the African Union’s “Agenda 2063” by then Chairperson of the African Union, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.




It is a strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years. Its builds on, and seeks to accelerate the implementation of past and existing continental initiatives for growth and sustainable development.

On 25 May 1963, Africa made history with the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) which brought the Continent together. Since then, the 25 May has been celebrated widely across the world particularly in Africa to signify Africa’s identity and unity.

Africa is on the march towards a more prosperous future in which all its citizens, young, old, male, female, rural, urban, of all creeds and backgrounds are empowered to realize their full potential, live with satisfaction and pride about their continent. A future with healthy, well educated people living in robust and developed economies. Indeed, this is a progressive march towards the “Africa we want” as envisioned in Agenda 2063.

The African union (AU) is now in full swing driving Agenda 2063 to realize the African people’s aspirations. Aspiration 6 of Agenda 2063 particularly talks of “an Africa whose development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African People, especially its women, youth and caring for children”.


Learn more about Agenda 2063 here.


Nkosazana's Email from the Future

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

"My dear friend Kwame,
Greetings to the family and friends, and good health and best wishes for 2063. I write to you from the beautiful Ethiopian city of Bahir Dar, located on Lake Tana, as we realize preparations for the Centenary celebrations of the Organisation of African Unity, which became the African Union in 2002 and laid the foundations for what is now our Confederation of African States (CAS). Yes, who would have thought that the dream of Kwame Nkrumah and his generations, when they called in 1963 on Africans to unite or perish, would one day become a reality... And what a grand reality!"

Read Nkosazana's Email From the Future here.