Diole was the only UP student that participated in the competition. He formed part of the South African team which consisted of students from Unisa, Stellenbosch, Monash and UCT. Diole’s award for Diplomacy as the best delegate at the competition also made him the only South African to win an award in the competition’s history.

When Perdeby asked Diole about his feelings regarding his achievement, Diole said that, “It feels surreal, I have always dreamt and worked to compete [on] the biggest stage of them all, but to actually win was never something I thought of.” In 2013, Diole was the South African University MUN champion and the East African region MUN champion. He credits his achievements to hard work, passion and a constant yearning to improve.

United Nations Association of South Africa (Unasa) Pretoria Chapter chairperson Janet Kachinga congratulated Diole for his accomplishment and said that, “[Diole] represented our association and South Africa excellently and we are extremely proud of his achievement.”

Diole, who is currently the transformation executive for House Humanities, hopes that his victory will “inspire many students to go after their dreams without excuse[s]” and hopes that more Africans will participate and strive to win big competitions.


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