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Prof Nyokong's love for lazer light wins her prestigious AU Kwame Nkrumah Award

5 February 2016 10:56 AM
Professor Tebelllo Nyokong was awarded the AU Kwame Nkrumah Award for scientists for photodynamic therapy for cancer treatment.

Professor Tebelllo Nyokong was awarded the AU Kwame Nkrumah Award for her research called the 'photodynamic therapy', which is intended to be developed as an alternative to chemotherapy.

The distinguished award honours the work of African scientists who have distinguished themselves in the world of science and technology.

702/CapeTalk's Africa Melane, standing in for Redi Tlhabi, on Friday spoke to Nyokong to explore her ideas more.

Listen to the interview below:

I am honoured, it is a big deal and I got to address African heads of state about my philosophy on science and technology on the continent.

Professor Tebello Nyokong, AU Kwame Nkrumah Award honouree

My plea was for countries - no matter how poor they are - to put money aside for the development of science and technology.

Professor Tebello Nyokong, AU Kwame Nkrumah Award honouree

I just love laser light, I love creating laser light and making it stronger... My main focus is the beauty of the different colours of laser light and the application of it.

Professor Tebello Nyokong, AU Kwame Nkrumah Award honouree

Laser light is everywhere. When you scan your products in the supermarket, that's also laser light.

Professor Tebello Nyokong, AU Kwame Nkrumah Award honouree

It can be harmful but it can also be beautiful. It has many applications, you can do open-heart surgery with it.

Professor Tebello Nyokong, AU Kwame Nkrumah Award honouree

5 February 2016 10:56 AM