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Henrietta Ifyede

Nigeria & University of Cape Town, 2018

Degree of study:
Masters in Linguistics

Henrietta Chimto Ifyede hails from Mbaitoli in Imo State, Nigeria but was born and raised in Lagos. Henrietta is a very human-centred person who has keen interests in human development. This has informed her work with The Office for Inclusivity and Change (OIC) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She facilitates workshops and leads conversations around sexual violence, gender-based violence and all forms of discrimination especially within the UCT community.

Henrietta holds a B.A in Linguistics and Communication (with distinction) from the University of Port Harcourt and during this time, she co-founded the Union of Campus Journalist, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She was also largely involved in the advocacy for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in Port Harcourt while working for Choice Hub Foundation, a youth-led NGO for youth health and development.  As an astute debater, Henrietta has won several laurels representing her university at several debating tournaments internally and externally during her undergraduate degree including winning the coveted inter-faculty debate competition.

Her master’s research is focused on African languages in education with the aim of improving literacy through her work. She aspires to pursue PhD studies in Psycholinguistics. She has served in various leadership capacities and currently serves as the Vice President of the Nigerian Student’s Society at UCT. She is very passionate about education because believes it is the greatest tool for social, economic and political emancipation especially for Africans.

Henrietta is a tutor for second year students in the Department of Linguistics at UCT and in her spare time she writes blogs, reads books, and listens to music or dances.

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