This year’s Ruth First Scholar (2022-23)
Sicelo Ngwenya is from Zimbabwe.
He has a distance-learning LLB degree from the University of South Africa. He has been working for a law firm in Bulawayo and has been involved in various community projects: a student research project on the social impact of the shift to online learning during the pandemic, which has informed policy debate in parliament; the founding of a neighbourhood library and reading club; involvement in a youth-led charity providing support to vulnerable children.
At Durham Sicelo is taking an LLM in International Law & Governance. He is a member of St Chad’s College, which supports the scholarship by providing subsidized accommodation for all Ruth First Scholars. His ambition is to pursue a career in human rights law, focusing both on the critical situation in Zimbabwe and on the international dimension.