- 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
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?"
Kapa teaches isiXhosa as Beaconhurst High School, Briefly.co.za 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.
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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