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Reading: Young African Lady who worked as a farmer enrols in university, graduates as a Chemical Engineer, bags PhD
Reading: Young African Lady who worked as a farmer enrols in university, graduates as a Chemical Engineer, bags PhD

Young African Lady who worked as a farmer enrols in university, graduates as a Chemical Engineer, bags PhD

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Festus Conteh
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Young African Lady who worked as a farmer enrols in university, graduates as a Chemical Engineer, bags PhD
Young African Lady who worked as a farmer enrols in university, graduates as a Chemical Engineer, bags PhD

Thandi Princess Ngxongo, a brilliant young and energetic woman from South Africa, has transformed her career from farming to chemical engineering, earning recognition as an award-winning engineer.

Thandi Princess Ngxongo was born and raised on a farm near Mooi River, South Africa, where she worked as an assistant to her parents. She developed an interest in chemical engineering while being around cars and machinery on the farm. Despite her rural background, Thandi Princess Ngxongo was passionate about the oil industry and decided to pursue her dreams.

“I grew up playing with old cars filled with petrol and oil smells. I developed an instinct for cars and the oil industry. I wanted to succeed in this male-dominated business,” said Dr. Thandi Princess Ngxongo.

She enrolled in the Durban University of Technology and earned a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in Chemical Engineering. Thandi then joined the petroleum industry, working with refineries and other oil companies.

Not content with the gender-based inequalities and injustices she encountered in the petroleum sector, Thandi Princess Ngxongo went on to pursue a Master’s in Business Administration. She later obtained a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in 2022, focusing her research on empowering women in the industry. Her achievements have earned her recognition as an award-winning chemical engineer.

Thandi Princess Ngxongo’s story serves as an inspiration to young women from rural backgrounds, proving that determination and passion can lead to success in any field.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.