Meet the Unorthodox Team

Sihle Hewana

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I am Siphosihle Hewana. I was born and raised in Grahamstown, South Africa and grew up to be a Christoholic who is probably the loudest, shy person you will ever come across. I am a proud African woman who is passionate about women’s empowerment.




Patrick Wells

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Molweni. Igama lami nguPatrick. I am a first year Journalism student and a part of the Unorthodox team. Things you need to know about me? Well, I love everything to do with words. I am quite sensitive and empathetic, and hope to share these traits of my personality with you. There may be times along this journey where you ask, “who the hell are these guys?” but please forgive my team. After all, we are unorthodox.
That’s all from me for now. Find out more by following the blog. Ndiyanithanda.






Ayanda Msibi

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I’m a first year student from Pretoria with a love for the written word. I’m studying towards a BA, majoring in English and Psychology. One day, I hope to write and illustrate delightful books for children.






Likhona Daza

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I am Yolokazi Likhona Daza and I am 20 years old. I was born and raised in Mthatha by my single mother. I love playing soccer and I currently play for the Rhodes Women’s first team. I play better than most guys I know. Even though I have never had contact with my father I would love to one day say to him, “Hey, I made it without you dad”. I laugh at most of my problems, especially those I am never able to change. I am judged a lot for the way I dress and I laugh at those judgements too. Likes include making new friends. Dislikes include eating (weird fact: I only eat when hungry).



Lilly Quin

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Journalism student at Rhodes University. Writing for awareness, understanding and engagement. Forever feminist and Social Justice supporter. Major fan of critical writing with a humorous twist. Studying in Grahamstown, South Africa after five years working and travelling abroad.





Nwabisa Nkani

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My name is Nwabisa Nkani, born on 31 March 1997, and born and raised in all a small town called Grahamstown. I am a first year Rhodes University student in Journalism and Media Studies. I matriculated at Nombulelo Senior Secondary School, and then received an opportunity to upgrade my results at Gadra Matric School. It was here where I had my entire future planned out.
My main aim is to acquire more than just a degree, to live life filled with purpose no matter what life may bring. I contribute to this blog to share my life experiences with other individuals who encounter the same problems as me and hoping to create a space where we can freely share our thoughts. Writing this blog inspires me to liberate others in having faith that all things will work out for good.

Kajal Premnath

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My name is Kajal Premnath, I’m 18 years old, and was born and raised in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal. I recently moved to Johannesburg before coming to Rhodes where I am now working towards a Bachelor of Journalism. My second major is Legal Theory as the possibility of becoming a lawyer, whilst not my plan A, is quite enticing. My hobbies include obsessively reading everything in sight, discovering “new” kinds of music and drinking hot chocolate on the warmest of days.


Luvo Mnyobe

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I am a Rhodes University student, studying journalism. I have an interest in Radio and Television. I believe that journalism and media can be used as a mechanism to further our efforts to achieve social justice. My journalism is highly influenced by intersectional feminism, social activism and political. I love Beyonce, Blue Ivy and the upcoming twins.






Esihle Faltein

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I am a pro-black feminist (femininja) who believes in equal rights for all genders and the liberation of the black mind –if you believe the liberation of blackness and women are separate parties, then you and I cannot have a conversation. I enjoy being in environments that bring out creativity and allow people to express themselves. I think it is important that people live in a world without oblivion, and are aware of what happens around them, which is one of the reasons why I write — to inform people. I am vibrant and outgoing with a wholesome soul.





Simphiwe Mbonda

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My name is Simphiwe Mbonda. I’m 22 years old. I was born in Port Elizabeth and in 2000 I moved to Seven Fountains, a rural area closed to Grahamstown. I attended Grahamstown schools throughout my primary school years. Luckily, after matric I enrolled to my hometown university — Rhodes. I’m studying towards a BA degree in Sociology and I hope Journalism would be my other major. I like Journalism because it is partly done practically and allows you to use your creativity. I wish to be important in the future, and be able to influence other people’s lives. I enjoy watching television shows because every day I learn new things. Furthermore, I am a proud Xhosa man.



Siphosethu Matiwana

My name is Siphosethu Matiwana. I am a South African black woman originally from Grahamstown. I am 21 years old. I am a fist year Journalism student studying Journalism because I want to be a news editor after I finish my studies. I’m a great writer, which is why you should read my articles.