From Gokwe to Oxford – Petronella Munyaradzi Munhenzva




“From Gokwe to Oxford: The Girl Who Dared to Dream” is an inspirational book that chronicles the journey of a girl who grew up in rural Zimbabwe in a place called Gokwe. It tells the journey of her life, growing up and learning at some of the country’s worst schools without books, desks or adequate Infrastructure. Despite all that, she made it into Oxford University. The book is written for people that fall short of society’ specific standards for success, people who are at a disadvantage yet are trying to make it. It is for people that need hope and a glimmer of light, people who need to believe through just one more day, especially as we are in very uncertain times. The book was written when she got to Oxford, and the most common question that she was asked was how she had managed to come straight from Africa and study at Oxford. Also, being the only black graduate student at her college, every conversation she had was about “how lucky she was…,” or “She must be really smart..” or “Her father must be an elite in Africa, a politician, a minister or a king in some African kingdom.” Consistently she realised that the path to success was not linear and that the system around it naturally excluded a particular group of people. She decided to tell her story and motivate girls and children growing up like her in Africa and anyone in an impossible situation. It is possible for them to achieve their goals and fulfil their dreams despite their background, bank balance or social standing.