From rural girl to biochemist: Lady succeeds despite struggles

From rural girl to biochemist: Lady succeeds despite struggles

- A woman faced several struggles in her life but she did not let it get her down

- Mmahiine Molepo-Mosana, who hails from a rural village in Limpopo, is doing her PhD at Wits' school of Physiology

- She is also one of two black women to attend a research conference in Spain, Barcelona

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When thinking of black excellence, Mmahiine Molepo-Mosana comes to mind. The 28-year-old woman, who hails from the rural Rampheri Village in Limpopo, shared her inspirational story with Briefly.co.za.

Mosana revealed her mother was a single parent with three kids and for reasons not explained, she was raised by her aunt and her husband, whom she called 'Mummy and Daddy'.

"I did my Matric at Mmapadi High School in 2009. In 2010 I got admitted at Wits to do BSc in Environmental Sciences," she said.

However, a lack of funds put a halt to her dreams and she had to drop out and live with her father for six months in Diepsloot.

Mosana revealed she took another shot at studying and applied for funding with the NSFAS.

"NSFAS said it could not pay my registration fees so my mom took out her savings to pay it. I graduated from Wits with an Honours Degree in Ecological Engineering and Phytoremediation in 2014," Mosana explained.

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From rural girl to biochemist: Lady succeeds despite struggles

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After completing her studies, Mosana started to work as an intern at the at Department of Agriculture in the Lephalale Veterinary Clinic.

However, she quickly discovered it was not her passion and she resigned from the position. One day, her mother cleaned her room and she found a book that belonged to her.

She found a song she wrote in a poetry book at the age of 12 and it read: "When I grow up I want to be a Biochemistry."

So, she listened to the child version of herself and enrolled to do her master's degree in Biochemistry at North West University.

Briefly.co.za gathered Mosana graduated last year and is currently doing her PhD at Wits' School of Physiology.

Since changing her field to biochemistry, Mosana has been living out her dream and she is currently at a research conference in Barcelona, Spain.

"I got a chance to attend and present my research in Spain, Barcelona. At the 2nd Molecules Medicinal Chemistry Symposium," she said.

Mosana is one of only two black women to attend the conference and she noted how far she had come.

"To me it's a breakthrough through all the hardships I faced, moving from a rural village not even knowing what a computer was to learning; all that I have learned and broke records like this is a blessing," she said.

The inspirational woman added she hopes to encourage black people to never give up on their dreams no matter their circumstances.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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