Class of 2017 Speaker Gwaha Madwatte has never hidden his pride and admiration for his illustrious alma mater. Alum Gwaha Anthony Madwatte says AUN instills in students a passion for excellence and innovation.
"This enables us to stand out wherever we may be. AUN challenges students to leave their comfort zone and to pursue intellectual and leadership development".
The 2017 Natural and Environmental Sciences (NES) graduate is a MasterCard Foundation scholar at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, where he is an M.Sc. candidate in Public Health and Medical Anthropology.
“In October 2019, I was privileged to be selected among the 54 Africans (5 Nigerians) awarded the most prestigious Scholarship in Africa – the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship – to study in South Africa. This Scholarship is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities and academic excellence. These individuals must embody the core principles of the foundation, which include education, leadership, entrepreneurship, and reconciliation – all principles that AUN had already furnished in me”, said Mr. Gwaha.
He is completing his master's thesis, which focuses on healthcare workers' duty to care in an infectious disease context.
"The aim of my research is to explore what healthcare workers make of their duty to care, especially in the S.A. context where infectious diseases like HIV-AIDS and T.B. are prevalent, and how they negotiate this obligation since working in these environments increases their probability of getting infected."
The Madwattes are a respected family here at AUN. Gwaha’s younger sibling Pwagwadi studied Law and was an exceptional President of the AUN Honor Society. She graduated in 2022.
Reported by Halima Muhammad