The highly coveted Joana Mamombe from Zimbabwe moved to Norway in the fall of 2016 to start her masters in molecular biology at the University of Bergen. Her remarkable performances as a defender of female students’ rights is highly acknowledged in Zimbabwe and abroad. In her struggle she is fighting for the right to academic freedom and against President Robert Mugabe who has expelled many university students. Joana is now well established as one of the StAR-players and has recently scored many goals for gender equality and women’s rights.
I believe that once you are educated no one can take that away from you. An educated person is hard to suppress.
Born in Karoi, Zimbabwe, Tererai Obey started his career at a very young age of 16 in the battlefield of the murky waters of political activism in Zimbabwe. The young, talented and committed playmaker in leadership and development has grown to be an experienced player through the various caps at local, national and international level. His impressive career, including several seasons as General Secretary of ZINASU, has put him in the spotlight. Tererai’s opponents fear his qualities, and have given him vicious tackles, several arrests, beatings and torture. Regardless of all the risks that he faces, and his current residence in Kristiansand, Norway, he remains resolute in keep playing for a better, inclusive and democratic Zimbabwe.
I am certain that one day we shall live to see a democratic and inclusive Zimbabwe where human rights are respected and academic freedom upheld.
Is now studying a masters degree in Global Journalism at NLA University College, Kristiansand. His fierce attacking play is rooted in the protection of human rights, freedom of speech and peaceful coexistence among people of different backgrounds. Amir showed an early talent, but experienced painful injuries with expulsion and imprisonment at the age of 15. The passion in bringing the people of Ethiopia and Eritrea together makes him one of the finest defenders of Freedom of speech in Eastern Africa.
If you dare to take students out of the equation of democracy, you will have an absolute tyranny.
The forward from Zimbabwe is currently studying Masters in Global Development Management at the University of Agder in Kristiansand. As the National spokesperson and captain of ZINASU he worked to raise the awareness of the right to education, academic freedom and human rights. The goal-scoring captain has also suffered various injuries and impediments due to police brutality and victimization from state security agencies. These experiences encouraged Avoid to continuously play against the establishment, and he vows to continue scoring goals against injustice in Zimbabwe until victory is achieved.
Without academic freedoms and conducive free learning environment, efforts to pursue an active, vibrant African citizenry remains a pipe dream and a half-baked cake that satisfies none” The academia must be free and be free in the purest sense of the word!
Democracy to the core and a true hero for freedom of expression, Mostafa Sayed is a successful human rights activist from Egypt, now studying cultural entrepreneurship at the University of Tromsø in Norway. As brave as they come and a superb reader of the game, with a sound technique make him more than just an ordinary student activist. Mostafa is forward on the field of social media as he believes that it is the only space that at least has some space for freedom of speech. In Egypt you can be arrested for just tweeting something that the government doesn’t like. In his own career, Mostafa has experienced some setbacks, as he was expelled from university and arrested due to his non-violent activism.
QUOTE: In my country, in my case, my generation has no hope in the future, and they have nothing to lose because the future has been taken from us and we have decided to fight for it. Either we are gonna success to make a better future, or we gonna die while trying.
Bheki Dlamini from Swaziland made his debut in human rights activism many years ago. Now he is studying a masters degree in public administration at the University of Bergen. His impressive performances makes Bheki remain a succesful StAR-player who is still considered one of the finest play makers for democracy and the right to organize, testament to his powers of recovery when faced with setbacks, such as being in and out of prisons and police cells, and his exceptional consistency during the struggle against the dictatorship of King Mswati in Swaziland.
Students have played a very critical role, not only in Swaziland, but everywhere in the world. They have been the catalyst for change because that is where there is intense debate in universities and colleges and then that is where solutions come from the young people that want to change society.