On September 11, Kwame Gayle will become the first Jamaican to be named a Princeton in Africa fellow.
Gayle, a past student of Munro College who hails from Manchester, is one of 46 applicants who managed to secure one of the coveted fellowships to spend a year working in Africa.
A graduate of Macalester College in Minnesota in the Unites States, Gayle said he is excited about the prospects of heading to Botswana, where he will be working as an education fellow at the Maru A Pula School in the country's capital city, Gaborone.
"I am really looking forward to this experience. Living and working in Africa is something that I wanted to do since I spent a semester studying in Johannesburg," Gayle noted.
LOVE FOR PERFORMING ARTS
He said his tenure at the Maru A Pula School will see him being the assistant to the director of the Maitisong Theatre, the only theatre to have been built since the country's independence in 1966.
"I have always been interested in education and the performing arts, always competing in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission festivals. So this is the perfect area for me to contribute to," he said.
The Princeton in Africa fellowship was created by a group of Princeton alumni and faculty with the aim of giving college and university graduates who are passionate about the development of Africa a chance to work and contribute to the growth of the content in a tangible way.