Meet our top performing first-year student from the Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities – Sikhulule Bukani

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Sikhulule Bukani from Centane is already making headway in his quest to become an Academic Professor one day. The 20-year-old University of Fort Hare Bachelor of Arts student has been ranked the top performing first-year student in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, this after obtaining an 88% overall pass in the first semester of his academic studies.

In addition to being a top academic performer, he is also a star dancer as a member of the UFH Dancesport team that recently bagged a few medals at the recent University Sports South Africa (USSA) tournament.

Born third of three children raised by a single mother, Sikhulule says his formula to achieving great results lies in proper time management and planning ahead.

“I write down everything that I need to do and I plan ahead for my classes. I firmly believe that with proper planning comes great success,” he said.

Sikulule completed his matric at Hangklip High School in Queenstown. Before joining UFH, he was enrolled at another South African university where he was pursuing a Law Degree, however, he discovered he was more passionate about the science behind human behavior.

“I was already doing my practical for my law degree when I realized that it was not where my passion is. When I found my passion, which is social sciences, I applied to UFH. This University has produced so many notable leaders and I knew it was the right University to steer me towards my dream of becoming an Academic Professor,” he said.

Sikhulule currently lives on campus in Alice and he describes the student community as a “home, away from home.”

“In addition to the supportive academic environment that the University offers, it also offers a great social life. The students are welcoming and supportive and our residences feel like a true community where everyone belongs - it caters for everyone.”

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities produced the highest number of graduates during the 2022 May graduation season where over 800 students graduated with various qualifications from undergrad to doctoral level in the fields of Music, Arts, Library and Information, Theology, Communication, Social Science, Human Settlement, and Social Work. 

The Faculty has a long list of illustrious alumni, such as Dr Siphiwo Mahala who is iconic short story writer, novelist and playwright.

“I look forward to joining that list of esteemed alumni,” said Sikhulule.