#WHM: Cleopatra Rakgantsho

Cleopatra Rakgantsho is a young, medical researcher in training, who hails from Pretoria (South Africa). She has a special interest in Neuroscience.IMG-20160417-WA0003

Her current research is based on how epilepsy develops from childhood, and she is especially proud of her work, as she believes it to be quite novel in a South African context when looking at the fact that work still remains to be done in developing a brain institute in SA.

She expresses how passionate she is about the black African child, as she thinks there is so much potential to be harnessed from this pool and the sooner our young girls realise their power, the higher our continent can rise. Her experience within the study of science has given her a glimpse into just how much she would love for other girls and women to see the many doors that a career in this field could potentially open.

Cleopatra is adamant that, “there is so much work to be done – cures, treatments and knowledge databases to be developed” and she would like to have young women open their minds to the various career options that exist in the academic and scientific world. She has participated in numerous career awareness projects, with the hope that the youth of South Africa can realise what they are most passionate about – whether it might be in science, arts or even commerce and it may reap profitable and sustainable work for them. Her inspiration is drawn from strong and beautiful women such as Pumla Dineo Gqola, Thuli Madonsela and Michelle Obama, as they are women who stand firmly by their principles to make a difference in their respective careers.

Her goal, besides growing in neuroscience, is to team up with other women in her particular field and others to make a difference and inspire others. For her, “this is only just the beginning.”

You can find Cleopatra on:

Twitter: @Cleo4patra

Instagram, Tumblr, WordPress: @Cleopoetry


I am a young, South African-born lady, who is passionate about writing. I am currently in my final year at the University of South Africa, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Leadership and Citizenship.

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