A dream fulfilled

A dream fulfilled

Rapelang Mosae and Justice Maqelepo

MASERU

Iheomageme Obi, who graduated with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma from Machabeng College last Friday, dreams of studying medicine at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

That choice is not surprising.

Her father is a medical doctor at Queen Mamohato Memorial Hospital in Maseru while her mother, Chidiebere Obi, teaches Chemistry at Machabeng.

Obi, 17, came second out of the 99 students who walked away with their diplomas at Avani Maseru Hotel on Friday.

She was conferred with special awards for her commitment and hard work during the last two years.

Obi received awards for excellence in History, Chemistry and English Language and Literature, bringing tears of joy to her family and friends.

In an interview with thepost this week, Obi attributes her success to sheer hard work.

She says she even had to put away her smart-phone during the two years to help her keep eyes on the ball.

“I knew if I would have a phone, I would be easily distracted,” she says.

Sometimes her friends would call and want to chat on social media but she would not respond. Instead, she would bury her face in her books.

While such an austere lifestyle would imprison and stifle many youths, Obi says it only helped her thrive as “I am an introvert”.

Because the IB programme is highly demanding, she would most of the time find herself locked inside her room, turning page after page.

But what has influenced her career choice?

It was perhaps a programme run by Machabeng to acquaint students with the world of work by placing them on the shop-floor.

Under that programme, Obi was recently attached at Queen ’Mamohato Memorial Hospital where she saw how medical professionals deal with those who are sick.

That programme did the trick.

I developed a passion to help the sick, she says.

“I think that’s the beauty of the programme,” she says.

Obi also pays tribute to her parents who she says are hard workers and have been the greatest source of inspiration. She says her family has been a pillar of strength on her nascent academic journey.

The Machabeng College board of governors’ chairman, Seboka Thamae, congratulated the students adding the programme was no walk in the park.

The college headmaster, Mashome Motobei, told the graduates that challenges they are to face in real life might need options not learned in school to resolve.

He said complex problems at times cannot be solved by logical procedures.

“Data and mathematical calculations alone may not lead you to a solution of a complex problem encountered in life – you need more than mathematics and objective calculations,” he said.

The school patron, Queen ’Masenate Mohato Seeiso, told graduates and well wishers that she is a product of the IB programme and therefore can relate well to the challenges the students faced and the tight deadlines.

“You are all unique in your own way,” the Queen said.

Established in 1977, Machabeng College is the first to offer the IB programme in the country.

It is accredited with the Council of International Schools, New English Association of Schools and Colleges, Association of International Schools in Africa and IB World Schools.

Kananelo Latela came first in the IB programme.

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