EX-Convict Nkosinathi Mbhele from Willowfontein says spending time in jail was an eye-opener for him and he does not want anyone to go through what he went through.The 33-year-old was arrested for robbery in 2008 while he was doing Grade 11 and he was convicted and sentenced to 12 months in jail — six of those months suspended.Mbhele has since then been rehabilitated and is a now a motivational speaker. He has been nominated at the Mlwazet Bavundulule Award at an event that will be held at Durban City Hall on September 8. He has been nominated in the category of best motivational speaker.Speaking to Echo, Mbhele said he is overwhelmed and he hopes that this nomination will open more doors for him.“Being nominated alone means a lot to me. It shows that nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself and something that you do. My wish is to bring this award home.” he said.Mbhele said he started motivational speaking last year in October and he has been visiting local schools to give talks to pupils.“After I came out of prison I started building myself up again. I had to fight the habit of using drugs, stealing and drinking alcohol. I heard one of the pastors speaking at a local radio station and I told myself that I want to change. The church assisted me until I was clean.“After realising the difficulties that I went through because of crime and drugs, I needed to do something to make sure that no one else goes through that. I hate seeing children in my area giving themselves to drugs because I know it will destroy their future. I want to tell them that drugs and crime do not pay, that is why I decided to be a motivational speaker,” he said.Mbhele said he started doing drugs at the age of 15 due to peer pressure. He smoked dagga and a pill called ‘poss’.He also robbed people and was involved in house robberies until he was arrested.To vote for Mbhele, SMS: MBA Nkosinathi Motivational Speaker to 45633. SMS costs R1,50. You can vote as many times as you want.