Interview with Awalgak Malwal

Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Awalgak Malwal, I was born in Omdurman, Sudan on 27th May 1984. I am from Rumbek, South Suda. Tell us about your early school days? I went through Primary School and Secondary School in the UK. My family moved here when I was just 3 months old… I moved to the U.S to finish High School when I was 16 to pursue a Basketball Scholarship to University… 
How many brothers and sisters did you have, how did this impact and effect you? 
I have a younger brother and and older sister from my Parents. I also have a late sister who passed away before I was born… It was a positive impact on my life… I learnt how to share, communicate and work as a team at a very young age. 
Where did you go to university and what did you study and why? 
I started off studying Law at Middlesex University, but then changed after my 1st year to Politics and ended up finishing with a Bachelors in Politics at Canterbury University in Kent. I chose that subject because while everyone I knew was discussing sports and TV shows, I was much more interested in talking Politics with the older folks, so I took that as a sign to study something based on passion and interest and not because something was prestigious and lucrative. 
What do you feel is your greatest achievement to date?
In an organisation I started with some Sudanese and South Sudanese friends called Sudan in Action, I managed to teach a class of young
students from our communities, Social Studies (from and African perspective). The class at the end of the course felt empowered and we had great feedback. Many of the students have gone on to finish University and even Graduate studies, and many of whom attribute some of their success to our classes. 
What does being Sudanese/South Sudanese mean to you? 
I feel very proud. I feel like I come from a place that has a long history and cultural heritage that has many contributions to the world and world civilization. I would want to be from anywhere else. 
What do you rate as success and how do you define it? 
Success (to me) is the achievement of goals you have set for yourself. It is also the feeling of doing, for a living, the thing that gives your life purpose and meaning. 
Who would you say is the most influential Sudanese? 
Dr Mohammed Ibrahim. 
Who would you say is the most successful Sudanese? 
Dr Mohammed Ibrahim. 
What is your favourite quote? 
“The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can’t are both right. Which one are you?” Henry Ford. 
Any advice for anyone trying to contact you?
Awalgak Malwal Tel: 07974012279 E-mail:

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