Student Profile

Silmi Chipeja

Sponsored By: Hidroeléctrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB)

Studying at: Industrial and Commerical Institute, Nampula, Mozambique

I believe that education is the best weapon to combat social and gender inequality.

Quick Fire Questions

Favourite film/TV Programme
The Fault is in Our Stars
Favourite colour
Green
Favourite school subject
Portuguese
Favourite childhood toy
Animated books and barbie dolls
You’ve just won the lottery, what’s the first thing you will buy?
A lucrative business idea
Where in Mozambique did you grow up?
I spent a good part of my childhood in Beira city, where I was born, being the only daughter of my mother (Rosa Machavel) who is a teacher, and living with her and my stepfather (João Manuel) who is a truck driver. I have 1 sister and 3 brothers from my father’s side (Manuel Chipeja), who is a doctor.
What’s your most memorable childhood memory?
The best childhood memory I have is the afternoons I spent with my deceased grandfathers (Selime and Arnolfo Machavel).
Who is your favourite music artist?
My favorite style of music is pop. I grew up listening to the Disney series songs and I have Beyonce as a reference, she is my favorite artist.

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What would you like to be doing in 5 years time?
In 5 years I want to be working in one of the largest companies in Mozambique, having moved from the junior engineer category to a full engineer. I want to have a master’s degree and hope to be developing a project that I have been designing with a view to helping raise girls education rates in Mozambique (with emphasis on girls who are socially and economically disadvantaged).
What or who is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is my mother, she is the most hard-working woman I have ever met, and she has struggled a lot to provide me the best possible lifestyle and education that I could have. She is also a person who has shown more love for me during all my life.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
So far, my biggest achievements are the distinction prize I received in the first place at the Pensar Língua competition, organized by a Portuguese University, the University of Aveiro, and also my degree in Engineering and Management in Alternate Energies and Petroleum Resources.
Finally, what is your most hated food?
There is a large list of foods that I hate, but the worst are okra and cacana.