Two UKZN students selected for Mandela Rhodes Scholarship
TWO University of KwaZuluNatal students have been selected for the prestigious Mandela Rhodes Scholarship to study for a Master’s degree at Oxford University next year.
Andrew Akpan (25) and Edward Murambwa (27) are both completing their Honours degrees in Philosophy at UKZN’s Pietermaritzburg campus. Last year they both graduated summa
cum laude at St Joseph’s Theological Institute for their Bachelor of Arts degrees, majoring in Philosophy.
The pair told The Witness that they are honoured at being selected.
“It’s difficult to find the words to describe this feeling,” Akpan said.
“It’s an honour and something that can push me to do more.”
“The joy is indescribable,” said Murambwa, who is from Zimbabwe.
As part of the scholarship programme, the two will attend leadership training and workshops.
“We must have shown signs of leadership to be selected,” Murambwa explained.
“The leadership component will help us nurture and groom that aspect.
“We will also be able to meet people from different walks of life [at Oxford], and we can share stories and explore how to solve problems in our societies.”
Akpan, who is from Nigeria, said he decided to pursue a degree in Philosophy because it challenged him to drop prejudicial beliefs and biases.
“People say a lot of things without thinking, and say things that divide and cause tension.”
Murambwa said: “I think [Philosophy] makes a person wellrounded.
“It makes you think further [on mat ters] and see beyond.”
Murambwa said he sees himself being involved in work that allows him to have a hand in policy formation.
“I want to be involved and make sure we’ve got policies that help people live in a more just society.”
Akpan said he plans to stay in academia, but also wants to be involved in work that seeks to uplift youth.
Andrew Akpan (25, left) and Edward Murambwa (27) have been accepted for the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford next year.