Two UKZN stu­dents se­lected for Man­dela Rhodes Schol­ar­ship

The Witness - - NEWS - KERUSHUN PIL­LAY • kerushun.pil­lay@wit­ness.co.za

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.

PHOTO: IAN CARBUTT

An­drew Ak­pan (25, left) and Ed­ward Mu­rambwa (27) have been ac­cepted for the Man­dela Rhodes Schol­ar­ship to study at Ox­ford next year.

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