AU alumnus Zaqueu Callisto Antonio counted among global changemakers in sustainable development

Zaqueu Callisto Antonio, a graduate of Africa University was one of 50 young leaders who were selected to participate in the Global Changemakers Africa Youth Summit that took place in Cape Town , South Africa,  from the 17th to the 20th of October 2023. The week- long summit brought impactful youth together  for a life-changing experience of skills development, networking and capacity building . After the summit, participants will join an international network of over 1200 Changemakers from around the world, and become eligible to apply for grant funding to scale and amplify their impact.

Zaqueu highlighted  the project that got him into the spotlight and how this is feeding into Africa realizing sustainable development. “I took to South Africa my innovation Rosetta Apparel and its founding mission which is facilitating the sustainable management of post-consumer textile waste and promoting the transition towards a more circular fashion production and consumption model.”

He went on to speak to the role that Africa University and the incubation of student talent through the i5Hub played in him realizing the milestones he has reached as a young innovator. “It is a great pride to have been part of this and to have met other young people who have done brilliant work in their communities. I thank God for this opportunity and Africa University for giving me enough space to find myself and explore my skills for the benefit of others.”

Rosetta Apparel was born out of the international Hult Prize competition that AU’s students took part in 2022 , aimed at redesigning fashion and providing solutions to the waste problems generated by fast fashion especially in Africa where there is a thriving market for second hand clothing , much of which is discarded and becomes waste that clogs waterways and cities where waste management is rudimentary at best. The health and environmental challenges that arise are considerable and it is these challenges that Rosetta Apparel aims to alleviate.

Global Change Makers  is an international youth organization with a mission to support youth to create positive change toward more inclusive, fair, and sustainable communities.