Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
5 minute read
22 Aug 2020
5:03 am

Merlyn Nomusa Nkomo: carving a prominent path in conservation

Nica Richards

While attending university, she said she often wondered what her chances were of getting meaningful employment after her studies.

Merlyn Nomusa Nkomo. Picture: Supplied

Despite not being exposed to conservationism from an early age growing up in Entumbane township in Zimbabwe, Mandela Rhodes Scholar of 2020 Merlyn Nomusa Nkomo is carving a prominent path in the field. Nkomo said it was her duty as a steward to not only protect Africa’s wildlife, but to foster a sense of belonging and natural heritage among Africans. Her love for nature led to her deciding at age 16 that she wanted to pursue a career in conservation. But there were no career expos or talks and with little exposure to the field, Nkomo did not know how...