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Black Student Scholarship’s First-Ever Winner Declared

Back in August Black Livity China shared news of the creation of Zuula Scholarship, a programme created by a member of the community aiming to support students of the Black diaspora in China.

After receiving hundreds of applications and a difficult decision-making process, it was ultimately decided that Augustina Adzo Bansah, aged 27, originally from Ghana, was a deserving winner for the first-ever Zuula Scholarship!

The MA Student currently studies International Relations and Diplomacy at Shanghai University. Take a look at what happened when Black Livity China took a moment to catch up with her.

Black Livity China: Hi Tina, Congratulations again. Can you tell us a little more about yourself?

Tina: Thanks, hi my name is Augustina and I’m originally from a town in Ghana’s Volta region called Have-Etoe but I was born and grew up in Accra, the capital. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese and Political Science from the University of Ghana and a Certificate in Chinese Language and Culture from the Zhejiang University of Technology in Hangzhou, China.

Black Livity China: How did you hear about Zuula scholarship – and why did you apply?

Tina: I saw a notice of the scholarship in a Wechat group. The scholarship was created to aid students like myself who are part of the Black Diaspora in their journey towards academic excellence whilst studying abroad. When I first saw the scholarship, I thought it was a great initiative and definitely worth applying for – I am the kind of person who takes advantage of opportunities. I have been rejected countless times but I am always excited about new opportunities so I sent an email to the address on the flyer for the application materials and submitted my application.

Black Livity China: How were you informed that you were successful?

Tina: I was informed of winning the scholarship via email. I was overwhelmed to have been chosen among a huge number of applicants. The scholarship will help me get educational materials that would aid my learning in pursuing a master’s degree and subsequently a doctoral degree.

Black Livity China: Would you recommend the scholarship to other students and why?

Tina: I would certainly recommend this scholarship to other students because it is a commendable initiative. Scholarship students do not only benefit from educational materials but also get an opportunity to meet and network with other people. I would like to say a big thank you to the scholarship founders for sacrificing their time and money to support students attain academic success abroad. I hope to meet them in person one day to properly show my gratitude.

Black Livity China: Do you think it is important that we support each other as a community? Why?

Tina: Supporting each other as a community is important because we are far from home and our families so we need each other here to fill the void that comes with moving away from home. The support system we get here can go a long way to make us feel at home, concentrate on our studies or work and ultimately help us in achieving our individual goals of coming to China.

Missed out on Zuula – don’t worry – stay tuned for further opportunities! A major thanks to all those who contributed to the creation of this community scholarship!


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Written by RunakoCelina

Runako Celina is the co-founder of Black Livity China and an avid content creator. Her writings have been featured on CGTN, ChinAfrican magazine and SupChina, amongst others. She holds an MA in International Politics from Peking University and currently lives and works in Beijing. She frequently writes on cultural continuation in Caribbean enclaves across the region, as well as exploratory research pieces on the African presence in South East Asia. Her latest research project ‘The Batek’, details Batek (Afro-descendant, original peoples of Malay Peninsula) history and cultural practices having spent two weeks living with two separate Batek communities belonging to this ethnic group. Her interest in the unification of the entire African and African diasporic community has since led her to branch into the world of social enterprise and cultural exchange, intent on bridging the gap between these communities. A language enthusiast, Runako is fond of the study and promotion of African languages having studied Swahili and Yoruba during her graduate studies.


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