After failing his matric in 2011, Qinisani Nhlakanipho has picked himself up and now focuses his energies in things that matter the most to him. He says he failed his matric because he could not find the right balance between his social life and his studies. But, Nhlakanipho used his failure to change his life trajectory for the better. He worked to build himself up by reconditioning his mind to always strive for excellence. He explained that this is one of the wisest decisions he’s ever taken till this day. Now he works as a researcher and community engagement at the Mangosuthu University of Technology.
He also founded Ubuntu AgriRenaissance organisation in 2019. The organisation focuses on knowledge and livelihoods development through improved agriculture, youth & community engagement ,research, as well as the promotion, protection and management of indigenous knowledge systems. Besides education, he says he is trying to restore hope through social entrepreneurship to the younger generation residing in the rural settings with AgriRenaissance.
His current project is on climate change, and he has identified two primary schools in the northern KwaZulu-Natal which agreed to be green campuses and they will be used to also promote climate consciousness.
“This is important in the times that we live in since climate change is one of the impending catastrophes that our society has to deal with and which might severely affect future generations”, he says.
Nhlakanipho says his vision is to see a society that believes that it can be part of a better change, and that in order for change to happen. “It begins with each individual”, he emphasised.
He says what makes him happier is seeing a younger generation that values education and takes advantage of opportunities.