Fatima Habib Bio, Wiki
Fatima Habib is the wife of Wits vice-chancellor Adam Habib. Adam Habib is a South African professor of political geography, director of the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London since 1 January 2021, and the former Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
They met at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, during their student years (1983 – 1988). They have two sons, Irfan (10) and Zidaan (6).
Adam Habib Unapologetic after using the N-Word
Her husband has come under fire for blurting out the N-word during a meeting with students at the University of London. Habib has been the director of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the institution since January.
In a video circulating on social media, he is seen in an online meeting with some of the students. During the meeting, it’s revealed that someone had used the word to refer to a student and the issue is raised with Habib.
However, instead of Habib referring to the slur as the ’’N-word’, he says it in full.
Immediately after saying the word, a black man, who is part of the meeting, leans closer to the screen with a look of disbelief. A white woman, shock etched on her face, also leans closer to the screen and puts her hands over her mouth.
When one of the students tells Habib that she finds it unacceptable that he has used the word in a public meeting with students, an unrepentant Habib says: “You do, I don’t actually. “I come from a part of the world where we use the word.”
Fatima Habib and her Husband Adam Habib
Habib met her husband while they were doing their undergraduate degrees at the University of Natal. They were both anti-apartheid activists who were part of the United Democratic Front (UDF).
“My mother didn’t like Adam and his aunts didn’t think I was right for him. So we thought screw all of this and we buggered off to Wits to do our honours.” From Wits, Habib received her honours in applied psychology and then went on to do her masters in economics and industrial labour studies.
“We said that after we finish our masters we will get married,” she said. “Since Adam got the VC job at Wits I think hectic is an understatement, the most difficult part is actually, as a family, having dinner together.”
They have two sons in Parktown Boys School. One is in Grade 8 and another in Matric who will be studying astrophysics next year at either UCT or Wits.