Namibia has for first time produced students with Masters of Arts in English studies from the University of Namibia (Unam).
Their supervisor, Professor Jairos Kangira who is the Associate Professor of English and Head of the Department of Language and Literature at Unam said it was good to finally have English students who are trained in Namibia.
“We have a tendency of believing that we can’t train our people locally I hope things like these will change that perception. We don’t always have to send our students outside the country to get education which we can give here it’s also very costly to send students abroad,” he said.
Although there were 12 students for the Masters only six graduated and Prof Kangira attributed this to lack of dedication.
“I supervised the six students who graduated, I mentored them and we were working closely with each other. The other students who did not graduate lacked focus and concentration. They don’t conceptualize what they are researching that’s why they did not finish,” he said.
The students who have obtained their Masters; thesis are Ndahambelela Amuthenu and her thesis is based on the study of Shakespeare and Superstition, Beven Kamwi’s was the analysis of Shakespeare’s use of rhetoric in the kings speech in King Henry IV Part II and Henry V. Christopher Masule’s based on a comparative analysis of the depiction of women.
Rauna Mwetulundila’s thesis is based on analysis of rhetoric and humour in dudley’s recent political cartoons while Frieda Nanyeni’s is based on Dr Sam Nujoma’s rhetoric, an analysis of selected epideictic speeches during his tenure of office as president of the Republic of Namibia and Gerson Sindano’s is based on a study of rhetorical devices used in selected car advertisements in a local newspaper.
“As a young nation, we are capable and we are coming off age and we must not only always think that students can be trained outside. This programme was not just cooked in one day it was carefully designed and it was checked outside by other international universities.
“There is even an official from one of the universities in Europe who said he was interested in enrolling with the programme because he said when he was a student he didn’t go through some of the things included in the programme. Their papers were marked internally and externally (outside the country),” said Kangira.
Apart from the Masters, two students, Petrus Mbenzi and Mlambo Nelson also received PhD in English.
Mbenzi’s Dissertation is based on the political rhetoric of Bishop Kleopas Dumeni in the pre-independence era in Namibia.
Nelson’s Dissertation is based on the literary representations of urban survival and coping strategies in selected contemporary Zimbabwean fiction in English from 1999 to 2009.