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Exceptional 43-year-old man wins tough battle against meningitis to bag Engineering degree

An exceptional 43-year-old man named Sinethemba Bili has faced tough times while trying to attain a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Fort Hare (UFH) in South Africa.

Sinethemba who has been performing great in the music industry as a sound engineer for over 20 years of his life decided to enroll at the University of Fort Hare (UFH) to have a Bachelor’s Degree that will back up his expertise in the field.

Despite his age, Sinethemba enrolled for a Bachelor’s Degree in Music at the age of 37. “I always had a passion for music and wanted to learn and educate myself within its discipline. I enrolled at UFH Music Department and finally found my niche,” said Sinethemba

However, during the course of his study at the university, while he was in his second year, he fell ill and was diagnosed with meningitis – an inflammation (swelling) of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.

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“This was a difficult time for me as I was writing my dissertation. I had to put a halt on my studies and focus on my health,” Sinethemba recounted.

He spent two months in hospital and a few more months recovering at home. In 2019 he decided to give pursuing his studies another shot. “I enrolled again, not fully recovered, but I was determined to further and complete my studies,” he said.

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Being a brilliant student and an expert in the field, Sinethemba was appointed as a tutor at the Music Department shortly after he resumed.

He completed his Bachelor’s Degree having defeated meningitis that almost denied him access to education. On his graduation day, was accompanied by his lovely wife who he regards as his greatest supporter.

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He intends to give back to the community by sharing his musical talent and knowledge by teaching music to young underprivileged children.

“I cannot wait to see what opportunities await me. I want to inspire other students who might see obstacles as limitations to see beyond what they see and envision greater sights,” he said.

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