Who We Are

Our People

Ms Zimingonaphakade Sigenu
Researcher
Zimingonaphakade Sigenu holds a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Development Studies from the University of Cape Town (UCT), Cape Town, South Africa. Zimingonaphakade holds a BSocSc in Politics and Sociology and a Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc) (Hons) in Sociology, both awarded by UCT. She was a researcher in the Young African Researcher Fellowship Programme at the HSRC in Cape Town during the creation of this virtual museum. Zimingonaphakadeâ??s research interests comprise indigenous knowledge systems, higher education transformation and youth. She has worked in the areas of youth engagement and support, monitoring and evaluation and social research. She is a Mellon Mays fellow, awarded her fellowship by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, an alumnus of the Mastercard Foundation Scholarâ??s Programme (MCFSP) and member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.
â??I am excited to be a part of this project because of the engagement and the relationships I formed with peers from different African countries at a level I have never experienced before â?? apart from professional growth, I learnt about the potential of what unity and solidarity between Africans can achieve. I am proud of this space, the virtual museum/knowledge hub, because for me it symbolises a space where as African youth we can understand and assess our needs. It is a space that can help us to become active and positive participants in our communities for both our own gain and public good.â?