Unathi Fihla – Executive Member
Unathi is one of the founding members of Unako, has served as both deputy chairperson and chairperson previously, and then assumed the position of Executive Member in 2014. Has worked as Research Assistant for the Centre for the Community School (NMMU). He has a Btech in Public Management (NMMU). He has a keen interest on politics of decoloniality and the condition of blackness.
Zolisa Marawu – Director of Operations
Zolisa is Social Science student with a love for community development. Born and raised in Motherwell and currently completing his Masters in Sociology at NMMU. His interests are in asset based community development, participatory development and the making of youth activism in post-Apartheid South Africa.
Somila Mjekula – Literacy Researcher
Somila Mjekula is currently doing her Masters’ Degree (final year) in Media & Cultural Studies at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). Her research is a postcolonial critique focusing on the socio-economic and political effects of the ‘ethno-religious conflicts’ caused by the Boko Haram military group in Northern Nigeria and other parts of Africa. She is a Bilingual Tutor for first year Introduction to Philosophy and Introduction to Philosophical Critique modules, and an occasional presenter at various annual national Philosophy Conferences. She also works as a writing consultant and workshop tutor for the Writing Centre at the department of Journalism, Media and Philosophy, as well as a language editor and proof-reader for the Department of Industrial Psychology at NMMU.
Qhama Zondani – Community Engagement Officer
Born and bred in Port Elizabeth, Qhama is a Music Education graduate currently pursuing a second undergraduate degree (BA General majoring in Sociology & Industrial Pyschology) at NMMU. Previously worked as a music theory educator at Music Training & Development course. Served as a student teacher at Lawson Brown high school. Has been part of Vamp Jazz Band and the NMMU Jazz Big Band (performed with the likes of Feya Faku). Qhama is an unrelenting Black Consciousness adherent, a passionate and dedicated music producer and retired Saxophonist. Believes that “we feel free because we lack the very language to express our unfreedom” – Slavoj Žižek
Azola Dayile – Literacy Coordinator
Azola Dayile (22) is a student at NMMU who recently completed a Diploma in Journalism and is currently pursuing a BA degree in MCC (Media, Communications and Culture). Azola works for NMMU’s Department of Journalism, Media and Philosophy as a Writing Centre bilingual consultant as well as a bilingual tutor for Political Communication. For the past three years he has acted as a general secretary for the Resonance Poetry Movement, a creative writing and poetry society at NMMU. Within these three years his poetry has been published three times in the Ntinga Creative Writing Journal, New Coin poetry journal, and in Beneath the Bridge of Metaphors poetry anthology. He is also part of the Local Organising Committee with the role of Social Media Liaison officer for the annual Eastern Cape Book Festival. Azola is a passionate and dedicated member of Unako, who volunteered as a Lead Facilitator at Masibambane Senior Secondary School in 2015, and currently works as a Literacy Co-ordinator at Unako.
Nkqubela Ntloko – Back Pack To Resilience Project Coordinator
Ntloko Nkqubela Aphiwe Jackson, born at Libode Eastern Cape, completed senior secondary school in Port Elizabeth at Loyiso high school. Graduated from Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) at NMMU and completed Bachelor of Arts honours Development Studies at NMMU, currently doing 1st year Masters in Social Work Research (MSW). His research focuses on student hunger; investigating students experience based perceptions of student hunger at institutions of higher learning-A Case Study of NMMU.
He works at NMMU’s Social Development Professions as a facilitator for 1st years, is coordinating the mentoring for 2nd and 3rd years as well as peer-buddy for Social Work 4th year/Honours Students. Nkqubela is passionate about sports, particularly bodybuilding and loves working with schools, children and especially early teens (adolescents) and influencing change in the communities, most importantly building resilience and promoting pro-social behaviour. At Unako, he is a the project coordinator of Back Pack to Resilience (BP2R).
“There is nothing impossible to those that believe” Joel OSteen
Sive Ngubethole Mbolekwa – Literacy Training Manager
Sive is a person who believes in and is guided by community-based and children-centred approaches to literacy.
Has worked in the rural context with Axium Education in their literacy programme in the outskirts of the Eastern Cape, in Mqanduli, as a training manager and assistant literacy coordinator. Thus gaining invaluable experience in working with teachers, programme volunteers and the community (parents). As a person with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, he forced himself to enrol with Unisa for a degree in Early Childhood Development to gain more knowledge and theoretical insight in how children learn and develop from their early beginnings in the womb and throughout their childhood. And as an avid reader and a children’s isiXhosa stories writer, he has become a reading and writing role model for the children he works with