PE woman to spread hope for Africa in Norway

2015-11-11 06:01
Nozibele Qamngana.       Photo: Supplied

Nozibele Qamngana. Photo: Supplied

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INTERNATIONALLY, Africa is known as “a continent of corruption and poverty”, but a woman from Port Elizabeth plans to replace this perspective with a message of hope.

Nozibele Qamngana, communications manager of the Ubuntu Education Fund in Zwide, has been selected to debate African stereotypes at the Africa in Norway conference, to be held in Oslo later this month. The conference is aimed at changing perspectives of countries in the south.

Qamngana, who will be the only speaker from Africa, is already bursting to speak at the conference.

“Such opportunities are always chances for us at Ubuntu to be an example of hope and to spread the idea that impossible is indeed a myth,” she said. “Our work is about impact rather than numbers, and we appreciate the chance to tell our country’s success stories.”

Qamngana already has a few lessons to teach delegates at the conference.

“The whole continent is seen as corrupt and there are many jokes about children starving in Africa. It is a problem, but not throughout the whole continent.

“We cannot compare countries in Africa that gained their independence three decades ago to those who have worked on their economies for hundreds of years.”

She would rather focus on the continent’s positive stories. “People think our women are oppressed, but it has been noted that Rwanda has the highest number of female parliamentarians in the world, while all over the continent women sit in positions of high power.

“There are too many negative stories about Africa. We want to spread the message of ubuntu, because we can only change lives if we work together.”

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