From: Kongor South Sudan/ Kakuma Refugee Camp
George Washington University Alumnus (Class of 2012)
Majors:Philosophy & Economics
You can contact Makwei at email@example.com
When Makwei was 6 years old, he and his family were forced to flee the violence in his birthplace of Kongor, South Sudan. He grew up in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, where excelled in school and rose to the top of his class. After attending high school on a local Jesuit scholarship, he returned to Kakuma to be a teacher, because he could not afford college. Makwei was admitted to GWU on the very first Banaa scholarship and he is the first Banaa scholar to receive his degree. He graduated this past Spring with a degree in Philosophy and Economics.
Makwei is also a political commentator on the situation in South Sudan. Makwei is already a prolific author, writing and publishing two text books for the Dinka and English languages. The Dinka Language Textbook, the first of its kind, is a tool for young students in South Sudan to learn the grammar and vocabulary of their native tongue so that the Dinka language survives. In addition, his blog has received over 200,000 views and he was recently featured as a guest columnist on the BBC. Last summer Makwei returned to South Sudan to contribute to his home country. He is now the Country Fellow for the International Growth Centre in South Sudan.