Nomfundo obtained her PhD in Chemistry in 2017
She achieved this at the relatively young age of 28 – She lost her dad when she was still a child and was raised by her single mom PAY An
inspirational young woman from Ndwedwe in KwaZulu-Natal is a proud holder of a PhD in Chemistry at the of 28.
At age 24, Dr. Nomfundo Thobeka Mahlangeni, a PhD holder in Chemistry from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, is the youngest PhD holder in South Africa. pic.twitter.com/jnY57tFQqU
— Honour Africans (@HonourAfricans) November 7, 2018
Nomfundo Thobeka Mahlangeni graduated with her doctorate in 2017 from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), according to SABC News.
Nomfundo Thobeka Mahlangeni last year graduated with a PhD in Chemistry at UKZN aged 28. She embarked on her post doctoral research in addition to tutoring at the university. pic.twitter.com/yEhLKGGOif
— Sure Kamhunga (@sure_kamhunga) August 16, 2018
Remarkably, she made this achievement despite losing her dad when she was a child and being raised by her single mother.
Speaking to Destiny Connect, Nomfundo said it was incredible to see how her achievement inspired people on social media. She now wants to inspire more young girls, especially in the rural areas, to pursue higher qualifications:
I grew up in a rural area where education is not at the top of the priority list, and I want to change that. I believe that girls need to be inspired by seeing other girls going out there studying and realising their dreams.