Did you really own ‘the moment’ during your graduation?

A Rhodes University graduate, Tolakele Silo, has been receiving a lot of positive reaction after performing a traditional dance on stage before receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree during her graduation last week Saturday.

After her name was called by the Rhodes University’s Dean of Humanities to receive her degree, Silo danced on stage with a whip in hand, as those attending the graduation ululated and cheered her on.

Silo was capped by the Rhodes University Chancellor and continued to dance as she went to receive her graduation hood.

Night Talkers, Gugu Mhlungu and Wasanga Mehana, spoke to her finding what motivated to go against the odds.

I wanted to break the norms about the graduation. Why I must I dress that way and why must someone must tell me I should dress in that way?

Tolakele Silo, Rhodes graduate

To me graduation shouldn’t be about restricting me. My idea of graduation is to actually enjoy. I told myself that rules don’t apply to me because I earned that moment.

Tolakele Silo, Rhodes graduate

I’m actually grateful that I achieved what I wanted to achieve, to inspire people to revisit how we are supposed to celebrate our moment.

Tolakele Silo, Rhodes graduate

I wanted to show people that you must own that moment. It’s about you.

Tolakele Silo, Rhodes graduate

Listen to the conversation below...

Watch a video of Tolakele Silo receiving her degree below...


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