Zimbabwe To Youngest PhD Graduate In Africa Musawenkosi Saurombe

Zimbabwe To Youngest PhD Graduate In Africa Musawenkosi Saurombe

Brief Biography Of Youngest PhD Graduate In Africa: Professor Musawenkosi Saurombe 

In 2017, Musawenkosi Donia Saurombe made history after graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Industrial Psychology Degree at age 23, becoming the youngest female PhD graduate in Africa.

Her career ever since has been nothing but glittering. But how did a young academic from Zimbabwe manage to etch her name in the history books? Professor Musawenkosi Saurombe finally answers that question.


Professor Saurombe does not hail from a well-to-do family, but a very humble household. She was fortunate enough to have parents who are intellectuals who are passionate about education and using it to make a difference in society.

She has two siblings who have equally excelled academically. Her family moved to Botswana but her mother returned to Zimbabwe so that she could give birth to her.

Her father was a teacher by profession and her mother also had an early teaching background.

Saurombe’s mother used her early teaching background to homeschool her children in the years preceding their entry into the mainstream schooling system.

By the time Musawenkosi Saurombe and her siblings went to school, they were more advanced than their peers. As a result, Saurombe and her siblings ended up skipping grades because they went to school already having a very strong foundation.At the time of publishing, Musawenkosi Saurombe’s older brother is a businessman and her other brother is doing computer science and is in his second year of university.

Musawenkosi Saurombe details her inspiring biography


Musawenkosi Saurombe was enrolled at Phakalane Primary School in Botswana at the tender age of four. Her stay at Phkalane was short-lived as she moved to Legae Primary before proceeding to Legae Academy High School.

By the age of 16, Musawenkosi Saurombe had already enrolled at the North-West University in South Africa.

By age 23, Saurombe had completed her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Industrial Psychology Degree becoming the youngest female PhD. graduate in Africa.

Musawenkosi Saurombe then worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the North-West University in 2017 and was later appointed as a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, in South Africa in 2019.

At the time of publishing, Saurombe is an Associate Professor at the University of Johannesburg, a position she has held since 2021. She lectures courses in Human Resource Management and Industrial Psychology and supervises postgraduate research at honours, masters and doctoral levels.

Musawenkosi Saurombe is also known for the work she does as a civic innovator, particularly concerning women and the youth.

Married Life: Husband & Children

Despite being an academic, Saurombe fills a lot of roles, including being a wife and a mother.


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