‘African Angel’ off to Oprah Winfrey school

AFRICAN ANGEL: Linako Sdike with teacher Sharon Edworthy holding her acceptance letter to Oprah Winfrey Academy Leadership for Girls

African Angels Independent School pupil Linako Sdike, 13, has been granted a scholarship to further her academic career at the Oprah Winfrey Academy Leadership for Girls starting in 2019.

Sdike, who shares a five-roomed shack with her parents, younger brother and two cousins, said this was a dream come true for her.

“I found out about the school from magazines and I fell in love with the teaching and the beautiful school grounds. I love reading and mathematics, and I enjoy playing sport, such as netball, swimming and surfing,” said Sdike.

She said when she left her school, she would miss the teacher and the pupils, and especially her friends.

“I will also miss the prize-giving assemblies, class excursions and the big annual sports days.

“I started living in hostel in 2017, last year, and I will miss the weekly movie nights we have with the girls. I aspire to be a neurologist when I grow up and my role model is Michelle Obama,” she said.

The scholarship caters for grade 8 to 12 pupils. The selected pupils need to be academically talented, must be currently in grade 7, must have leadership potential, be South African citizens or have permanent residence and their family or household’s total income before deductions must be less than R10 000 per month.

Sdike’s hostel matron Sharon Edworthy said Sdike had always worked well at school.

“She is an avid reader and this has helped her in all her subjects. Her diligence and determination have now paid off, and we are thrilled that she has this opportunity,” said Edworthy.


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