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Student Showcase: Doctoral candidate Daud Taranike

The Da Vinci Institute recently engaged with Daud Taranike who has just defended his Doctoral degree with The Institute. 

Those who have embarked on this journey of a Doctoral qualification, often regard it in metaphorical terms as sailing through an undiscovered territory sometimes through rough seas and sometimes through calm shallows but always an exploration. Daud Taranike sailed through the storm and chartered his way through the examination process and oral defense by presenting his unique contribution to the field.   

Being a Davincian, according to Taranike, means being associated as, “a member of a remarkable community [The Da Vinci institute] that is committed to achieving the highest possible academic standards, and the ability to resolve current and pressing challenges within my community and society at large. As such, this [affiliation] has made it possible for me to positively impact people in different spheres of life thereby helping them to enjoy the fullness of life”.  

When asked about his journey  as a student with the Home of Remarkability, Taranike states that his journey “… transformed my life by renewing my way of thinking, giving me a new perspective where I am now able to think more critically [which then allows for] both divergent and convergent views to contribute towards a holistic and integrated approach.” Taranike is, “now able to appreciate [the] differences in cultures, disciplines, and personalities,” and  is now capable  of integrating those “in a way that has helped to shape, reshape and transform my life meaningfully.” 

Taranike’s research is titled:  “Integral Kumusha: A Case of Buhera: Towards Self-Sufficiency in Zimbabwe via Nhakanomics”. Nhaka is a Shona word that translates to ‘Legacy’; joined together with the word ‘Economy’ this translates to Nhakanomics, according to Taranike – an emergence of a new form of an economy. 

The main purpose of Taranike’s research, “was to come up with a socio-economic model that is anchored upon the African indigenous cultural knowledge and practices blended with exogenous knowledge in order to emancipate the Buhera rural Community and other rural communities in Zimbabwe and other African countries in order to become self-sufficient, thereby alleviating or eradicating poverty, hunger, and marginalization among the rural people. This would allow them to actively participate and contribute positively towards the national mainstream economy thereby restoring, enhancing and indeed creating a great inheritance […] for future generations.” 

This, according to Taranike, “would ensure the [co-creation] of a new form of a self-sufficient economic system (Integral Kumusha at a micro-level and Nhakanomics at a macro perspective) that resonates with the indigenous African people as alternatives to the  Western economic systems that have failed to improve their lives and the livelihoods of the majority of African people over the years.” 

The Da Vinci Institute is proud of Daud Taranike and may he continuously harness his remarkability!