Authenquility is the new name of a nonprofit entity that Eve Mashamba set up during her high school years — known then as BeYou — which earned her various youth initiative awards. A portmanteau of “authenticity” and “tranquillity”, the rebranding better sums up the 21-year-old’s vision of being at peace with oneself.
Mashamba is a full-time microbiology student at the University of Pretoria, but it is her extracurricular emphasis on the promotion of mental health awareness that fills her schedule. As the director of Authenquility, she facilitates educational visits for school learners and the provision of resources on YouTube and social media platforms. She also serves as a peer mentor at the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, where she is a candidate fellow.
Mashamba has aspirations that Authenquility’s work will ultimately find its way into the national life orientation curriculum, a subject that she feels has much unfulfilled potential at South African schools.
“Your dreams are valid, and your circumstances don’t define you.”