By Aydn Parrott
Nthuseng Mothibeli grew up in a small village in Mafeteng, Lesotho, which she describes as being very rural with limited access to technology. Nthuseng was raised by her grandparents who, she says, did a very wonderful job and were always there for her.
“I completed my primary education at Hermon Primary School and passed with first class. It was not a very competitive school but our teachers always tried their best. Due to limited access to technology we were not able to acquire computer skills, and sometimes we would go for months without stationary and sometimes no food for lunch. Nonetheless we survived and I was awarded funding to further my education,” Ntuseng explains.
After completing her primary school education, Ntuseng moved to the city to live with her mother and started her secondary and high school education. Thereafter she was admitted to the National University of Lesotho and is currently in her fourth and final year of her undergraduate studies.
“I learned early on to dream big and I am forever grateful,” Nthuseng says. She received funding from the district office in 2012 which paid for her school fees and school uniform. Ntuseng aspires to complete her PhD in Economics, preferably from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. “I would also love to be the Governor of the Central Bank of Lesotho one day and be among the black women holding leadership positions in Africa,” Nthuseng adds.
Outside of her academic and professional interests Nthuseng enjoys reading self-development books and novels and is currently reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. “I can’t stop watching the food channel but still cannot cook to save my life,” Nthuseng jokes. She lives by the words, “have focus, be consistent and persistent.”
Nthuseng learned about Africademics from a friend and enjoys learning from and interacting with new people, “so Africademics is perfect for that and I am very passionate about education.”
Welcome to our 2021 Africademics Scholarship Ambassador cohort, Nthuseng!