- Published: Monday, 09 April 2018 11:27
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Geci Karuri-Sebina speaks on "Innovating Past Our Visible Selves"
Good evening, Dumelang, Saninbonani, Molweni, Avuxeni, Ndaa.
…But since my vocabulary and time are both limited, please accept that I see and recognise you all.
- Lord Williams, Master of Magdalene College
- Corinne Lloyd, the Development Director of Magdalene College
- Chris von Christierson, Mandela Magdalene Memorial Foundation
- Allen Zimbler, Archbishop Tutu Leadership Programme
- Scholars and alumni of the Magdalene College
- Other Esteemed Guests and Friends;
It is a real honour for me to be here, speaking to you this evening:
I was asked to speak here as a young leader. I am not sure that I’m all that young any more (even though we seem to have rather flexible limits to our definition of “youth” in SA!), but I am at least still young enough to have been excited about this invitation.
When you are approached with an amazing opportunity to speak on a platform such as this – with the brilliance of the present company, a world-leading university with a history of over 800 years, and a platform carrying the lofty name of our very own hero and global icon Madiba – one experiences at first a great excitement, quickly followed by a looming horror. For me, the excitement manifested in a cocky and prompt acceptance to speak, and a great clarity about all the very, very clever things I would want to say. But then reality sinks soon after… For me, the horror that followed unfolded in a process not dissimilar to the 5 stages of grieving: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and, ultimately, acceptance.