Rethabile Mphutlane | Lesotho
What do you do in your home country and what do you hope to do upon your return? In particular, with the integration of your experiences here?
I am working as a University lecturer at the National University of Lesotho, where I lecture in theatre and drama. I am also the founder of an organization called Speak that deals with empowering females students within the university setting with leadership and entrepreneurship skills and links them with mentors who are professionals in their field. The intention of having these professionals as guiding mentors is in the hopes of having these students be able to step into the professional workplace better after their education.
Once I get home my intention is to really focus on the organization and grow it, to bring in as many students as I can. One of the speakers the other day spoke on communication skills and strategies. I am really interested in these skills in the public health field and connecting that to working on getting my PhD when I return home, trying to use theatre and arts to advocate for development in the public health sector.
What is your favorite thing about your home country? How about Philadelphia?
My favorite thing about my home country is that I feel so safe in my home country. I feel as though I am at home there and where I belong, in a safe place where I am comfortable. It is not perfect, but generally speaking I always feel safe there.
My favorite thing about Philadelphia is the people! Everybody is so nice and welcoming, willing to share their experiences with the city with me. When they hear I am from Africa they are generally interested in learning more about that.
Do you have any hobbies or an interesting fact you wish to share about yourself?
I really enjoy just sitting in, not going out much, and enjoy watching a good reality documentary or relaxing doing something else. I love watching forensic files.
If I were to come to your home country, what is the first thing I should eat?
Mala-moholu, which is basically the intestines of a cow, which we eat with homemade bread.