- Namibia's Ndatega Asheela-Shikalepo is a hit on social media after securing a job at High Court with B Juris Honours and Master of Laws qualifications
- The educated Namibian, Asheela-Shikalepo, also reflects on how she felt attacked when a senior counsel commented how useless a Ph.D. in law is
- Moreover, the new Namibian High Court lawmaker, Asheela-Shikalepo, has also urged many of her followers to believe in themselves
In a recent post on social media, lawmaker Ndatega Asheela-Shikalepo celebrates her academic achievement as she was also accepted by the High Court of Namibia.
Asheela-Shakalepo's recent milestone was penned by Varsity World, an online publication seeking to celebrate academic excellence.
The website has detailed Asheela-Shakalepo's journey to stardom, saying that she was conferred with a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Pretoria. She posted on the magazine's page:
"In April 2018, I was conferred with a Doctor of Laws degree from UP with all its associated rights and privileges.
“The same year, I enrolled for the practical legal training at the Justice Training Centre. During one of the theoretical courses that I had to attend, a senior counsel made a comment that having a Ph.D. in law is useless.
“I felt attacked and felt the urge to react, but being a University lecturer and having the majority of my students in the same class, I chose not to.”
In her reaction, the Namibian professor chose not to respond to the lecturer but says she wanted to send a message. She added:
“I chose not to respond because I deliberately wanted to send a message. I still remember the many faces that turned to look at me when that comment was made.
“What I want to say now is that it does not matter what anyone has to say on your journey. When I joined Unam (University of Namibia) in 2013 - I had to fight many battles.
“I was criticised from the way I dressed as a lecturer (but no one knew I was too poor to afford corporate attire) to I smiled way too much with students.
“In 2014, I enrolled for an LLD (Doctor of Laws) because I wanted to and I still got comments like having an LLD does not mean you will be a better lecturer or lawyer. I pursued it anyway. Last week, I was admitted as a Legal Practitioner of the High Court of Namibia with a B Juris, LLB (Honours), LLM (Master of Laws), and LLD in the bag. Lesson: Believe in yourself and do what you want to do!.”
Following her inspirational story on social media, there were positive reactions from the users who were left motivated.
@ Rudzi Wa Ha Thovhogi said:
“I'm inspired only if I could afford to register my honors this year but unfortunately financial means don't allow me. Though time might delay me but not my destiny..Doctorate of education, I'm coming for you.”
@Kutlwano Matlala also congratulated her learned sister:
“I'm inspired, forward we go to obtain thee LLD. It's a dream come true and a wish to many, salute you sisters.”
@Michael Towner joined the conversation all the way from the United States:
“I'm from the United States. Congratulations Nadatega in obtaining your B Juris in the Legal Profession. You're on the path in becoming a Global Leader. The Sky is the Limit!.”
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported on a pretty lady who decided to celebrate her academic success despite not being allowed to accept her degree on stage at her university.
The stunning woman, who has been identified as Tshedza, took to Twitter to gush about finishing her degree. She shared a 'Happy Graduation' image and captioned it:
"Thank you Jesus #lockdowngraduationday.”
Speaking to this website, Tshedza opened up about the special day and herself as the graduate pursued a qualification in Animal Science at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).
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