Five minutes with Rebecca Malope

By Drum Digital
14 August 2014

I always remember that it is God who put me here and not myself, says Rebecca Malope.

What has been your secret to success throughout all these years?

I always remember that it is God who put me here and not myself – It keeps me humble and also reminds me that God put me in this position for a greater purpose.

As a gospel artist and a woman what have been some of the challenges you face and continue to face? How do you conquer them?

The Gospel music industry is very welcoming to both men and women so I haven’t had any gender based challenges.

What is the best advice you ever received? Who gave you that advice?

To put God first in everything I do and to keep God as my compass so that I never stray from my path and life journey. My Mom gave me this advice and it is because of this advice that I am where I am.

Which three women do you consider your role models and why?

My Mother – For her faith in God through anything she went through and how she taught us as her kids to always have faith in God.

My sister Cynthia – For her resilience and drive in life. It was her that encouraged me to hike to Johannesburg with hopes of a better life.

Oprah Winfrey – For the way she uses her status and success to inspire and uplift women from all walks of life. She encourages us to give back whatever we are blessed with to those in need.

What does Women’s Month mean to you?

It is a reminder of what the women of the past had to fight through for us to be able to live the lives we live today and also a reminder that we need to look at our lives today and see what still needs to be fought for today. It’s easy for us to forget that Women were not always able to choose what careers they want, not always able to go to school and where generally suppressed in the past. We need Women’s Month to be a constant reminder of how far we have come as Women in society and also how far we still need to go.

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