“Big data,” says Accolade Ubisi during a meeting at the Hazyview Digital Learning Campus. “We need to implement better data capturing processes and share the results visually. Infographics and video.”
Accolade is a 24-year-old graduate of the University of Limpopo, where she studied Media and Communication Studies. She is part of a new generation of young South African women at the forefront of the tech revolution.
“As a member of the ‘digital village’ my career choices have expanded beyond the traditional ‘nurse, social worker, municipality worker,’” remarks Accolade. “Yes, the view from my office is of the African bushveld rather than a cityscape, but via email, Skype and social media, I share ideas with partners from all over the world. And those ideas are powering an education model that is reaching more young, rural people.”
This week Accolade has led two digital-storytelling classes for rural students. She has hosted the global CEO of Chanel at one of Good Work Foundation’s rural campuses. She has been part of a strategic vision meeting to launch a new digital agency operating out of Mpumalanga province and she is coordinating activities for the media launch of South Africa’s open learning movement.
But here’s what we love. In-between all the “big data”, Accolade has done something truly inspirational: she has installed a built-in mahogany-wood kitchen unit for her mother, who lives in the village of Lillydale, just outside the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
“I just wanted to do something nice for my mother. My friends suggested I make a down payment on a car, but my parents have had a temporary kitchen for way too long. They got me to where I am today.”
During a month in South Africa of celebrating our women, this is one of the “big data” women who will change the future.
Note: Accolade is the daughter of Phanuel Ubisi (Tree Camp Butler) and Sindile Madhlophe (Pioneer Camp Housekeeper), both of whom have worked at Londolozi for over 20 years. As a child, Accolade spent her holidays in the Londolozi village and was mentored by Chris and Debbie Kane-Berman, and is one of Gogo Mo’s many “grandchildren”. She is now a Media Intern and Blogger at Londolozi’s non-profit partner, Good Work Foundation.
Written by Londolozi blog contributor Ryan James