Dr Perekeme Mutu, Centre for Child Law researcher, on resilience and hard work


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Known as ‘Mr Deadline’, Dr Perekeme Mutu moved to South Africa from Nigeria to pursue his studies, and worked multiple jobs – including as a security guard and a car washer – to fund his academic career. His perseverance paid off handsomely when he completed two degrees at the same time, including his Doctor of Philosophy (Law) from UP. He is currently a researcher at the Centre for Child Law and a post-doctoral fellow with UNESCO Education Law in Africa, at the University of Pretoria.

On this episode he speaks to us about:

  • Transitioning to and adapting to life in South Africa.
  • The hard work he put into all sorts of jobs to pay for his studies.
  • Aiming higher regardless of the challenges you face.
  • How he measures success.
  • What else lies ahead for him.

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