Siphokazi Magadla

Lecturer: Rhodes University

When 24-year-old international relations specialist Siphokazi Magadla won a Fulbright Scholarship to complete her master's degree in the United States she certainly followed her motto: "Come in and just devastate!� In 2009 the outspoken Magadla, who hails from Nqeleni near Mthatha, was elected vice-president of the Ohio University African Students Union, the second-largest student organisation on campus. She also won a graduate student award from the US's National Association of Black Political Scientists. On her return to South Africa she worked as a research consultant for the Institute for Security Studies, where she focused on the role of women in conflict resolution. Now Magadla lectures at Rhodes University in African security and development and plans to embark on a PhD later this year. "I grew up very shy, but I had to break out because I realised that if you don't speak up, things don't change,� she says. � Ngoako Matsha

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