By: Sivuyile S. Sesi with Internative Digital @756Writing
While I was still at high school doing matric at Thembelihle Senior Secondary School in 2005, our school took us to the University of the Western Cape (UWC) open day to learn about different careers we can follow at UWC. I got lucky to receive a free registration fee prize to study at UWC the following year and it was the start of great spiritual growth.
When I was born in 1984 Father Desmond Tutu received a Nobel Peace Prize. Eish I took too long to graduate, as I started at UWC in 2006, at age 22. If did not dropout 2008, the year President Thabo Mbeki was recalled and of global depression could had been my final year. I could have been graduated by him in March 2009, in time as he was retiring in 2011 as UWC chancellor.
As I dropped out I came back in 2010 the year UWC celebrating 50 anniverssary since its establishment and year of the Fifa World Cup, to finish my Bachelor of Arts degree, that year was so great as even a lecturer Dr Joeleen Pretorius at her final lecture in front of the class called me saying “Mr Sesi man of peace and love What do you think of the International Relations” that she was lecturing as I was seriously listening to understand I replied with “no comment” I did not expect for her to select me.
But now like the Tutus she opened me. On my own I had really written a lot about politics and International relations, I am doing projects with United Nations, etc. I want to be great international icon like Tutu, Mandela, Graca, Anan, etc. And 2011 happened to be my final and even if it gave me a hard time, with that challenge I missed about 3 marks to pass English Functional Grammar and graduate in 2012 as the first group of students under the new Chancellor Archbishop of the Cape Town Anglican Church Dr Thabo Cecil Mokgoba.
I am still thankful for every experience I had at UWC I enjoyed myself.
Eish even for Father Tutu in 2011 was a hard year as the government couldn’t allow His Holiness Dalai Lama to attend to his invite to address the first annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture at UWC to mark Tutus 80th birthday. For that he had to deliver it online through Google hangout.
On the 12 March 2013 the day of selecting a new pope as Pope Benedict XVI retired end 2012, on the 12th I became the second group to graduate under the new Chancellor Thabo Mokgoba. He is great I am still happy.
I remember that I became graduate on the year former president Nelson Mandela passed away. He said that education is the weapon that you can use to change the world, and he believed that education is how a child of a farm worker can become a president of a country…. That directly talks to me. Individually it signifies a new happy era, and I believe I have a brighter future.
I have become a good writer, not even the sky is the limit. With that happening I have been watching my spiritual consciousness change and grow.
As we celebrate 22 years of democracy and peace in South Africa lets take note.