Mèggan Nortman
Joined Meer in August 2023
Mèggan Nortman

I acquired a double major Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Communications, with an Honors in Governance. I am currently obtaining my Masters in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). I have seven years of experience in the field of analytics and data management, with a focus on socio-economic issues and state-owned enterprises (SOEs).

From a personal point, away from studies, it is not always the easiest thing to write a bio about yourself, you wonder which year should you begin, which achievements were greater than others, and which experiences would separate you from the rest. So let me start from the beginning, ok not all the way but somewhere between that and the present. Born as the last, was not always the easiest. You could not always make the same mistakes as your siblings as you had to be the “better example”. Challenged with this idea I found myself documenting everything: my mistakes, my challenges, my dreams, and attributes. Learning from this I discovered my love for writing.

I went on to find a compelling interest in Politics and Current Affairs, with a deep desire to know the intricates of human perception from economic, political, and social nuisances. I was not always interested in International Affairs, as I delved in many aspects of life, from studying Medicine to believing I was an entrepreneur at the age of 21. Travelling extensively throughout Africa, from Nigeria to Ethiopia, and everywhere in-between, I found a longing need to understand cultures and the diversity in people. The humility and hospitality from local communities I met along my journey encouraged me to highlight the social challenges faced by lower- and middle-income households within my writing. Having studied Governance, I understood the difference between basic principle, ethical monitoring, and applying a code of moral compass to everyday life. I always find comfortability in my journey from a quote by former South African President, Nelson Mandela, which said: “I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles”.

I always find myself returning to my roots ruled by my passion for family, structure, and routine. Sometimes breaking free from my own self-control, I enjoy the simple pleasures of life. The small things we often overlook, to be consumed by the busyness of everyday living. I am a very passionate writer and overthinker which can come across as overdramatized to some, but to me it was where I find my comfort. I hope to spark intertest as well as critical thinking in my articles, as I enjoy an active debate with a new perspective on topics which I am still to learn. As Albert Einstein, said: “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death”.

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