My first two months in London have been very productive. I started my Master’s degree at LSE and had the privilege to attend many outstanding events and meet extraordinary people from all over the world. London in general and LSE in particular are very diverse. I had the opportunity to meet with students and young leaders from all over the world and to begin my international journey while building trust and connections with future young leaders.

Week of women

The Women of the Future Programme worked alongside the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to support a number of initiatives during a ‘Week of women’ from 26 to 30 October 2015. A series of events have been hosted, which brought together future women leaders from across the world. I was fortunate to attend a number of events during this week.

– Women of the Future Summit: 300 delegates from over 20 countries attended this event. Interactive sessions have explored how leaders are sparking political and social change and shifting the face of business. I had the opportunity to meet MPs from different parts of the globe and to expand my network and connections.

– Foreign & Commonwealth Office reception: I attended an in-­house discussion for international delegates at the FCO on how best the UK’s diplomatic network might help support women leaders whilst sharing best practice on breaking down barriers to participation in public life. It was a great opportunity to exchange ideas with other women leaders, to discuss problems and suggest solutions while sharing my personal experience and story. MP Maria Miller opened the event and talked about leadership in politics and filled us with inspiration.

Tea at Buckingham Palace

It was a great pleasure to get an invitation for this event at Buckingham Palace. We had the privilege to be invited as the guests of the Master of the Household, to meet different inspiring people, and to enjoy the magical time at the palace.

Meeting Dr Makaziwe Mandela

I had the pleasure to attend a dinner with Dr Makaziwe Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s eldest daughter, and her daughter Tukwine Mandela. Nelson Mandela was an inspiring leader who transformed not only South Africa, but the world. He achieved what many believed was not achievable. One of my favourite quotes of him is: “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” It was inspiring to meet his daughter and granddaughter and to hear about their global initiatives and activism.

This is only a piece of a great adventure as a Chevener in London. My experiences outside LSE are as incredible as those inside the campus. I’m acquiring skills and more astonishing experiences inside LSE by being social, getting involved in activities and events, and by engaging in discussions in class. I am looking forward to more exciting adventures to come.

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