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'Believe in yourself,' Africa University grad says

From NewsDesk <NewsDesk@UMCOM.ORG>
Date Fri, 7 Jun 2002 13:33:36 -0500

June 7, 2002  News media contact: Tim Tanton7(615)742-54707Nashville, Tenn.

By United Methodist News Service*

Caroline Shoko has simple advice for other students at Africa University,
and it is advice that has worked for her.

"Have confidence in your own abilities, believe in yourself, work hard and
explore every opportunity that comes your way," she said. 

Shoko, of Mutare, Zimbabwe, was named the Best Female Graduating Student
during Africa University's May 25 commencement ceremonies. She received a
degree in agriculture and plans on earning a master of business
administration degree.

The United Methodist-related school in Mutare presented degrees to 187
students from 13 African countries. 

The school's most prestigious award, the ZIMRE prize for best all-around
graduating student, went to Musa Wanjowa of Kadoma, Zimbabwe, an accounting
major in the Faculty (department) of Management and Administration. A
Mozambican, Anastacio Diego Lopez Chembeze, a theology student, earned the
community service award for his leadership and work in community outreach
and service. Gladys Mbuvi Mwikali of Kenya was recognized as best MBA

Lidia R. Arthur Brito, the Mozambican Minister of Higher Education Science
and Technology, attended the graduation ceremony as guest of honor. 

The graduates represented Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola, the Democratic
Republic of Congo, Burundi, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Zambia, Tanzania,
Cameroon, Kenya and Uganda.  

The Class of 2002 brings to 880 the total number of graduates since the
university was started in 1992. 

The commencement is one of a series of highlights marking the school's 10th
anniversary year. A celebration is planned for November. 

More milestones are on the horizon:
7	The university will officially open its $135 million Faculty of
Theology building in July.
7	The school will open its Institute for Peace, Leadership and
Governance in January, offering degree programs as well as housing a center
for conflict resolution and mediation.
7	The $200 million second phase of the Jokomo/Yamada library, begun in
February, will be completed in May 2003.
7	The university's sixth faculty, health sciences, will begin
enrolling students in 2003.

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*This story was compiled from information provided by David Manyonga, with
the Africa University Information Office in Mutare, Zimbabwe.

United Methodist News Service
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