Açurcio dos Muinhe Nhanombe

Sponsored by: Sasol

Studied: Petroleum Geological Engineering at Universidade Tecnica de Mocambique

Based at: Matola

Quick Fire Questions

Your favorite film?
The edge of tomorrow
Your preferred superpower
Physics manipulation
Your greatest fear:
Loneliness
Finally – You have just won $1,000,000 – what is the first thing you buy?
I would invest in a business
Where in Mozambique did you grow up?
I grew up in many places; Inhambane province, Gaza province and Maputo City where I have been since 2007. I have 3 brothers (a twin brother and two sisters who are also twins). My parents both work, my dad is a Police Officer and my mum is a lawyer.
What are your best memories from childhood?
My best memory from childhood was from my mum’s birthday. I wanted to give her a gift just to show how much I love her but I realized that I did not have not any money. I decided to sell my lunch at school and bought her a candy which she has kept to this day!
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing industry in Mozambique today?
The biggest challenges facing industry in Mozambique today is the lack of Government commitment and the company support for new graduates.
How would your colleagues describe you?
My colleagues would describe be as: committed, funny, teacher and a leader.

“The goal should never be to get rich by any means but to become such a valuable individual that the world rewards you with riches.”

How would you like your career to progress over the next 5 years?
In the next 5 years I want to be working in a big oil and gas company because of its dynamic environment. In that company I want to participate actively in finding solutions, consolidate my continuous learning mindset and help young people overcome their professional difficulties.
What or who is your biggest inspiration?
Mum and dad are my biggest inspiration because they gave a good environment for my siblings and I to grow. They fought day and night to see our family growing as valuable individuals.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
My greatest achievement so far is helping more than a 100 university students overcoming their difficulties in engineering disciplines.
Why did you decide to study engineering? What do you enjoy about it?
I decided to study engineering because it is knowledge which is useful to society. What I enjoy about it is being able to work with the best professionals all over the world.
How would you encourage young people in Mozambique to study engineering?
First of all I would make them realize how blessed Mozambique is when it comes to minerals resources, productive lands and waters, and then explain to them that engineering is an important tool to make the most of it because it is knowledge useful to society.