- Lusaka, Zambia
Agness is part of our second class of international Scholars and is our first ever Scholar from the African Science Academy. She will double major in intelligent systems engineering and media studies. Agness is most proud of her recent work building a learning center called Youth for STEM in her own community. She and a friend won a grant to develop this center offering career guidance and lab space for local students and they look forward to opening as soon as public health guidelines permit. She is guided by advice from her grandmother that the way to find meaning in life is to lose yourself in service to others and she believes there is much joy to be found in serving her community. Books and reading are Agness’ “happy place” and she particularly enjoys the bold and honest stand against injustice found in the writing of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in works like Half of a Yellow Sun. She’d love to meet Adichie in person to discuss feminism on the African continent and retelling the African narrative. Other favorite books include The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay. She will hold the Peggy Newton Stevenson scholarship.