Fellowship Year: 2018
Nationality: South Africa
Job Title: Financial services professional and Founder
Organisation: Epokothweni


Job Title: Financial services professional and Founder

Organisation: Epokothweni

Professional History: Babalwa Nonkenge is a seasoned business leader whose tenure of twenty years spans the areas of taxation, asset management, and banking. She has a proven track record in servicing the needs of institutional and retail clients. Her most recent assignments in banking include global markets in the role of Chief of Staff. In retail- retail banking, she was responsible for running an unsecured credit book. In the latter capacity, she was the executive responsible for the successful sale of the book in a noteworthy M&A transaction concluded in January 2020. Babalwa has an MBA from the University of Cape Town and is a founder of the podcast and educational platform Epokothweni with Babalwa.

Epokothweni was birthed out of the need to give the speakers of indigenous African languages the dignity of accessing knowledge of financial markets, economics, and personal finance content in their mother tongue. Babalwa is a native speaker of isiXhosa, this is the main language she uses to deliver her podcast. Her ultimate dream is to give all speakers of South African indigenous languages access to knowledge of personal finance content in an accessible manner.

She has been selected to participate in senior leadership development programs such as Masedi Excellence for Senior Women Leaders (2017) and Lead with Humanity (2020).

Academic and professional credentials: MBA from the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business



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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.