Fresh out of university in 2016, Nosizwe Sigwane joined forces with her peers to create Lihlahlandlela, a youth-led cooperative.
The NGO’s main objective is to improve the knowledge and skills of underprivileged citizens, focusing mainly on food security, the environment and business management.
It conducts capacitive training, stages demonstrations and promotes infrastructure development. The 29-year-old innovator from the Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) remains compassionate for the less fortunate whilst making sure that women progress in all areas of life.
Proving to be ahead of her time in a number of ways, Sigwane, then a junior statistician, expanded her horizons by joining the African Union Commission (AUC) as a professional volunteer, stationed in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, in 2017. In the same year, she was signed on as a programme assistant for AUC.
In her chosen field, Sigwane has, fairly rapidly, co-authored the publication of three Bibliometrics Outlooks; two for SADC and IGAD and one of Agriculture Indicators for all 55 countries of the AU. In what proved to be a busy year, Sigwane was chosen to be among the 1 000 Mandela Washington Fellows to spend six weeks at Drake University, in the USA, where she studied Business and Entrepreneurship.
“I encourage young people, particularly the girl child, to always find a way to merge their profession and their passion. This, I find, allows one to wake up each morning looking forward to going out there to make a real difference,” Sigwane says.
Leveraging her AUC position, coupled with her experience in the analysis of scientific indicators, Sigwane sought ways to assist entrepreneurs. “You can’t manage what you cannot measure,” she said.