‘Life inspires me’

2010-08-12 00:00

Masingita Masunga, who was born with cerebral palsy, manages her own media company Masingita Masunga Media. She is an inspirational speaker at schools, churches and anywhere that life takes her. She was the chief executive officer of the Miss Confidence Beauty Pageant, the only beauty pageant for people with physical disabilities. She is soon to appear on the TV show Life with Masingita­, which will be broadcast on Soweto TV.

Her greatest achievement is having a driver’s licence. It took her eight years to master the skill, due to the lack of co-ordination that is caused by cerebral palsy.

She finally passed the test in 2006. “I can’t co-ordinate very well. I trained myself so that when I drive, I am just driving.”

“Life inspires me, I believe in God. If I was not meant to be on this Earth I wouldn’t be,” said Masunga.

Having always wanted to be a beauty­ queen, she decided to fulfil the dream for the many other women with disabilities who long to be a beauty queen, because beauty pageants­ don’t accommodate them.

The Miss Confidence Beauty Pageant ran for 10 years before Masunga encountered personal setbacks and a lack of funding. What drives you to be successful?

I know I can make a difference in somebody’s life. But in life, I need to invest in myself before I can help others­, as I can’t give what I  don’thave. What are three things that make you you?

My faith. I can’t be who I am without God. My hard work. When I dream of something, I implement it, despite the hardships. I don’t believe that anything is impossible. It might just not be for me. What is your life’s motto?

Whatever happens in life, good or bad,  it  will  eventually  be  for  my good. What life lessons are there that other people may learn from?

Never put your whole trust in people­. People will always disappoint you. We need to trust people [though], but we can’t give them everything that we have. What are three things that you cannot live without?

God, my family and prayer.

• This article is part of a series on women and disabilities that The Witness is publishing as part of Women’s Month.

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