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Khulile Nxumalo (South Africa, WK 89-90)

If there were 2 sentences you could use to introduce yourself, what would they be?

I am passionate about culture, media, storytelling and creativity. I watch all manner of television shows.


What years did you attend Waterford Kamhlaba?

I attended 1989-90 (IB)


How did you end up at Waterford?

I received the South African UWC Scholarship.


What was your expectation when you first started at WK?

It was an overwhelming experience. I had spent all my life in Johannesburg and was suddenly in a new country and an international community. It took a while to gain confidence.

Were your expectations met? Why or why not?

It helped that the school had a focus on the political situation in South Africa at the time - seeing your county from an outside perspective expands how you see things.

What was the biggest lesson for you?

The deep richness that comes from diversity, and of course that to exist in such a community requires that you also give of yourself.

Do you have any fond memories of Waterford? Could you possibly share one with us?

The moments that marked special days in the political calendar like June 16, March 21. Arts week always had interesting guests. Mongane Serote, whom we were studying, came to one of them to address, also Dr Barney Pityana, Hugh Lewin.


Most embarrassing moment at Waterford?

It involves other people and I will need to get permission from them.


WK crush?

Those days I was a Janet Jackson fan. I prefer to keep the crush thing a secret I will take to the grave.


What's your favourite '90s jam?

There were so many jams we got down to at the Coffee Bar. Too many to mention.


Who was in your WK #squad (friend group)?

Myself, Coy and Lucky kind of became a skeem.


Please tell us what you have done or are doing at the moment?

I studied media. I have been working in Television mainly.


Could you tell us what inspired you to pursue your career path?

I wanted to make documentaries.


Did Waterford in any way play a role in your career path choice?

Political engagement in the curriculum. I once dreamed of being a Doctor when I was young, but now I am mainly in the area of the Arts. 


What advice would you have for aspiring students who would want to be involved in similar areas of expertise? 

Trends in technology are driving how the world works today and will continue to do so. One must never stop asking the Human question in the equation.


*You can find some of Khulile’s work here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIu3VYSOVyw

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