Halala: Woman writes entire PhD in Setswana, makes history on campus

Halala: Woman writes entire PhD in Setswana, makes history on campus

- The University of North West (NWU) has celebrated a first

- NWU's Mahikeng campus saw its first doctoral graduate who wrote her PhD in Setswana

- Dr Eileen Elizabeth Pooe was honoured for embracing her culture

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On 17 October, Dr Eileen Elizabeth Pooe conferred her doctorate in Philosophy in Languages and Literature.

Dr Pooe's doctoral degree is exceptional as it was written entirely in her mother tongue. Briefly.co.za learned it was the first time in NWU Mahikeng campus history that a PhD was written in Setswana.

According to NWU, the thesis was titled “Taoto ya Phetsolelo ya Mhudi ka Sol T. Plaatje mo Setswaneng jaaka mmusetsagae wa dikwalo tsa Maaforika tsa Seesimane”.

Halala: Woman writes entire PhD in Setswana, makes history on campus

Dr. Eileen Elizabeth Pooe wrote her PhD in Setswana. Photo credit: Dr Motsoko Pheko/Facebook.
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The university wrote on it website that Dr Pooe's thesis suggests that Mhudi, an African novel written in English by Sol Plaatje, should be repatriated into Setswana.

Dr Pooe has contributed immensely to the Department of Setswana - which she heads at NWU Mahikeng campus.

The educator even established a popular Setswana honours programme.

Briefly.co.za previously reported that a mentor has opened up about her first student, who graduated with a Master's degree in engineering recently.

Ntombi Mathe posted photos of the graduation of Busi, who grew up underprivileged in an informal settlement.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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