An incredibly talented 23-year-old North West University student has become one of the youngest on the continent to achieve a PhD.
Musawenkosi Saurombe received her PhD in industrial psychology at the North-West University`s (NWU’s) campus in Mahikeng on 25 April 2017.
This makes her one of the youngest females in Africa to ever obtain a PhD at the age of 23.
The North West University (NWU) student was reportedly born in Zimbabwe and raised in Botswana before she moved to SA to embark on her studies at the age of 16, when she matriculated.
She started her university career with a BCom that same year which she completed at 19. Leading to her postgraduate studies, she received her honours and master’s degrees with distinctions at the age of 20 and 21 respectively.
Her persistent attitude keeps her focused on her vision and drives her to achieve her purpose in life, “I am defined by my African name ‘Musawenkosi’ which means ‘God’s grace’ and indeed my life continues to be a story of God’s Grace” she said.
“My message to women is that before you are a woman, you are a human being and always remember that you were created with intricacy and precision.”
“We each have a purpose on this earth and it is our duty as women to fulfil our purpose. We must stop trying to be like men or better than them because there is a much more profound work that necessitates our diligent application, therefore we must not let ourselves be distracted in a futile quest to be better than others, but rather to be better than the woman we were yesterday.
“We are destined for greatness.”
She is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society Executive Committee (NWU Mafikeng Chapter). The 23-year old alumna is set to take the global grandstand as a delegate representing the NWU at the Golden Key’s 40th birthday celebration in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Nurturing her passion and commitment towards community service, Musa talks to women about women empowerment, sharing her personal journey to success.
“I am grateful to God for the milestone I have reached – this day has been long awaited. I am especially overwhelmed that I passed my thesis with no corrections. It can only be Him at work in all of this,” she said.
Her father‚ a teacher‚ sold his car to help put her through her third year. But her determination paid off and now she has a doctorate in industrial psychology.
Her first years at university were tough‚ she said‚ because she struggled to relate to other students. “I had a lot of responsibility from a young age and my peers had more liberty than I because I was so young.
“My parents had to explain to my teachers when they wanted to promote me that I needed time to mature — and it was true. When I got to university I struggled‚” she said.
She now teaches and supervises postgraduate students at NWU’s campus in Mahikeng but intends spending time abroad this year attending academic conferences.