Nompumelelo Kapa writes first isiXhosa PhD at University of Fort Hare

Nompumelelo Kapa writes first isiXhosa PhD at University of Fort Hare

- Nompumelelo Kapa graduated with a PhD from the University of Fort Hare

- She is the first academic to write a PhD thesis in isiXhosa in the university's 102-year history

- She said her achievement is part of transforming and decolonising Africa

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A high school teacher in East London has become the first graduate in the University of Fort Hare's 102-year history to write a PhD thesis in isiXhosa.

Nompumelelo Kapa graduated from the institution with a PhD in literature and philosophy on Friday, Sowetan reports.

The title of her thesis is "Aspects of Culture and the Humour that Influence Naming in Selected IsiXhosa Texts: What's in a Name?"

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Kapa teaches isiXhosa as Beaconhurst High School, gathered. In an interview, she said her achievement is part of a broader mission:

We are talking about transforming and decolonising Africa, so isiXhosa should be considered. We also want to produce more isiXhosa writers, journalists, translators, and others.

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Professor Nomsa Satyo, Kapa's supervisor, praised her for helping to promote the use of Africa's indigenous languages in education.

South Africans on Twitter have also lauded Kapa's achievement.

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