The ACU Summer School was a transformative experience that seamlessly combined academia and adventure, creating a unique and unforgettable tapestry of memories.
The purpose of the programme was to explore the profound topic of the truth and reconciliation journey of South Africa, delving deep into its apartheid past, and the path to transitional justice.
It was an experience that left me with a deeper understanding of South Africa's history and its ongoing journey towards reconciliation.
The knowledge that I had acquired, together with the friends that I made, would forever be etched in my soul. Now, I carry within me not only memories, but also the inspiration to be an agent of reconciliation and justice in my own community.
South Africa offers a wide range of traditional dishes, which is quite different from what I am accustomed to. However, trying local food was an exciting experience for me.
Participating in the ACU Summer School 2023 provided me with incredible opportunities to connect with individuals from diverse Commonwealth countries, such as Canada, Ghana, Fiji, Pakistan, India, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, and Jamaica. Through these interactions, I formed meaningful friendships that have had a lasting impact on me.
I explored the awe-inspiring Cape Point Lighthouse which offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding coastline, and I also saw a part of Table Mountain National Park. I visited the adorable penguins at Boulders Penguin Colony which provided moments of appreciation for the country's natural beauty.
Visiting the Giraffe House, a wildlife awareness centre, was an enlightening experience. Immersed in the heart of nature, I enjoyed a 14-course African tasting menu at Gold restaurant, accompanied by mesmerising musical and dance performances by local artists. The delightful array of wines at Clos Marlverne Wine Estate added to the memorable encounter, providing a true taste of South African flavours and culture.
I also visited the South African aquarium, where I marvelled at the diverse aquatic creatures inhabiting the waters. Additionally, I took the opportunity to learn more about the apartheid era at the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation house, gaining valuable insights into South Africa's history.
I highly recommend the Summer School experience. This year’s programme was an enriching opportunity to learn about transitional justice, both within and beyond the confines of a classroom.
Adebola Adeoti studied an LLM in Gender, Conflict and Human Rights at Ulster University in the UK.