A Machibini-born scientist took the 30th spot when she was named among the country’s 100 most influential young people and third in the personal development and academia category.
Zikhona Tywabi-Ngeva, 33, is no novice to receiving prestigious accolades as the chemistry Ph.D holder’s other achievements include winning the 2019 inspiring 50 women in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) award.
Tywabi-Ngeva was included in the list of 100 influential young people by Avance Media, a public relations and rating firm, in partnership with 1000 African Voices and VIPI State, which produced the list. The listing has been running for four years.
The influential youth also founded the Dr ZTN Foundation which offers life skills, empowerment, career development, mentorship and fitted-for-work clothing which is an initiative through which Tywabi-Ngeva collects clothes to donate to underprivileged graduates who will start new jobs.
The doctor is a senior lecturer in physical science and a researcher in the chemistry department at the Nelson Mandela University.
The Daily Dispatch reported (New honour for young Eastern Cape scientist, February 24) that Tywabi-Ngeva had said her career goal was to become a leading scientist who would develop products or provide solutions that would be beneficial to people in rural areas.
“This recognition shows that my work inspires other young people. This is a huge achievement and an absolute honour which came from being an agent of change. I believe I am also a role model to my students.”
Tywabi-Ngeva said the award changed the world’s perception of black youth and she hoped it would empower more black youth to claim their space and try to have a positive effect in their careers and communities.