MUSAWENKOSI Sourambe (23) has become one of the youngest students in Africa to obtain a PhD after North West University in South Africa approved her flawless industrial psychology thesis, with no corrections being made.
Sourambe’s genius was first noticed when she was in grade three. Her teacher promoted her to grade four, after the first school term in Gaborone‚ Botswana.
She continued to excel in her studies after her family moved to South Africa, matriculating at the age of 15 and starting a Bachelor of Commerce degree at 16. She received an honours degree at 19 and Master’s degree by the age of 21- with distinctions.
However, Sourambe says her initial years at university were tough 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 did because I was so young‚” she said. “I couldn’t act my own age. I always had to be more matured and some of my peers didn’t know how old I was.”
Sourambe has already joined a doctoral fellowship at North West University and lined up a few academic conferences overseas for the rest of the year. She is currently involved in teaching and supervising postgraduate students at NWU’s campus in Mahikeng.
Her next goal? To get a driver’s licence! She says she was too young to get one after Matric and too busy completing her third year at university when she turned 18.