Wednesday, 14 April 2010

More fake degrees?

There was an article in Monitor yesterday entitled "Monnakgosi becomes a Professor Of Divinity".  This reported that:
"During a special ceremony at the church that he founded in the early 1990s, Omega Global University on Saturday conferred upon Dr David Monnakgosi a Professor of Divinity Degree for his lifelong service to God and the nation."
However there's a catch. Omega Global University doesn't actually exist.  It's a fake university. As far as I can establish it operates from no more than a cellphone number. It used to have various web sites (including and but those sites have both recently been suspended.

Both of the suspended sites were registered to:
"Vusumuzi Nehemiah Sibiya
co 29 Maud Ave
Pietermaritzburg, KZN 3201
South Africa"
This seems to be the guy who answers the cellphone number and who described himself as "Professor Sibiya". No surprise, when you do some research you quickly find that there is no such person as "Professor Sibiya".

I'm not the first to spot them, you can see a story about another "honorary degree award" here.

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