Having completed her first degree at 19, middle-aged Zimbabwean woman, Musawenkosi Saurombe emerges Africa’s youngest PhD holder.
23-year-old Saurombe, didn’t just attain the feat with zero social pressures. Even with her age and family’s financial incapability, Saurombe didn’t watch her dream dashed out.
In her talks with News24 Beautiful News, she reveals in brief what she’s challenged with.
“If I had listened to what people will say about my age, gender or race, I would not have taken some of the steps that I took.“
“My father had to sell his car, just to get me through my third year of study and also the general social challenges, usually being the youngest in my class.“
Saurombe, who now work as a postdoctoral researcher, further disclosed her motivation and how people who admire such achievement can pursue it.
“What motivates me is my responsibility to be good to others. I am currently working as a post-doctoral researcher and youth activist – ensuring that others can reach their interests and their goals.“
“As young people, it is very important to accrue the right character traits, don’t let anyone tell you that you are substandard, under par or unworthy of having a dream, so be daring be bold and be aggressive in your pursuit of success.” She added.
Musawenkosi, who left Zimbabwe for South Africa to pursue tertiary academics, is now a higher education ambassador for Botswana.
— Musawenkosi Saurombe (@MusaSaurombe) April 29, 2017