GHANA HERE I COME!
By: Khethukuthula Lembethe
Architecture student Mthunzi Dumakude has combined his love for writing and art to grab a seat at the 15th Annual Global Development Network Conference in Ghana.
The 22-year-old simplistic man was born and bred in Umlazi and has enjoyed living with both parents and three siblings.
The writing competiton posed the question; How do you view the future of Africa in 2025? Dumakude entered the competition and titled the winning paper: Africa 2025: Intra-Continental Trade: Towards an African Business Culture.
In the paper Dumakude writes; “The concept of Intra-African Trade towards a African Business Culture is derived from the awareness of an existing problem in Africa, that globalisation in business has allowed for very few Africans to access an incredible amount of wealth. The countries these people come from not only have negligible economies, but the standard of living of its people is poor in relation to that of developed nations.”
When asked how writing and architecture come together, he answered, “They fuse, because they are both forms of expression, they can both be used creatively to express,” he said.
In both architecture and writing. I always have a specific message or theme and I always aim to solve human problems.
Dunakude feels that society needs to change the mindset that if you are not in a specific field then you can’t do anything involved with it. Young people should put themselves out there, the platforms are there, they should take them and use them.
Dumakude told Journalism-Iziko of his greatest achievement he received llast year. “I wrote and presented a paper at the South African Architectural Student Congress,” he said.
“The best way to do something is to actually do it. Throw yourself into the pit.”
That’s how Dumakude lives his life, without hesitation to do things.