Obakeng Leseyane

Kevin Liebenberg
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Enslaved By Poverty, Education Was My Liberation.


Obakeng is a South African activist passionate about access to quality education in Africa. He has started education-based initiatives (raised over $45,000 in 3 years for students), writes and speaks on international platforms with global shapers and changemakers. He has been featured on Forbes, eNCA, Huffington Post and other multimedia platforms. His passion for education was informed by his own educational trajectory, in 2009 as an 11-year-old boy he asked the king to send him to a school where he could learn English. In 2012, he was selected as 1 of 2 boys to receive Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi Scholarship to commence high school at one of the best boys schools in SA. Obakeng credits this milestone as a moment of impact which redirected his life.

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Enslaved by poverty, education was my liberation. A story about how education restored the dignity of his family as the first graduate and how he is enabling his peers to have the same opportunity.