Mercers’ Lecture Review

Just before half-term Professor Mthuli Ncube from Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government visited the School for his Mercers’ Lecture.

Before his talk on development in Africa, a group of Sixth Form students were treated to a discussion over drinks and dinner with this highly knowledgeable speaker. Topics ranged from the impact of China’s role in Africa to the importance of infrastructure to the continent, and HIV prevention. It was a truly fascinating session.

To a wider audience, Professor Ncube gave his lecture on ‘Africa: Challenges and Opportunities in the Next 50 Years’, which intertwined economics, geography, history and culture to make for a highly engaging talk. Eager (and equally as diverse as in the earlier discussion group) questions from the audience proved the success of the lecture, stemming in part from the passionate and approachable attitude of Professor Ncube. On behalf of all who attended, I would like to thank him for visiting the school to make such an enjoyably interesting and informative evening.

Ceri Beasant, Upper Sixth

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