Youth told to chase dreams

2018-06-19 06:01
Aziwe Namba sharing her story with learners at the Youth Day event.PHOTO: luvuyo mjekula

Aziwe Namba sharing her story with learners at the Youth Day event.PHOTO: luvuyo mjekula

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At 19, Aziwe Namba has been a mentor, an actress, a model, poet and a student, to name a few.

Namba was one of a number of inspirational speakers at a Youth Day event at the resource centre in Khayelitsha on Saturday 16 June, to mark Youth Day.

Learners from local primary schools Noxolo Xawuka, Impendulo and Factreton, as well as Sinako, Chris Hani and Over North high schools – and some adults – all dressed up in school uniforms for the colourful, traditional event, as a sign of respect for the youth who died in the 1976 uprisings.

Namba is currently in her third year at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) studying towards a nursing qualification, but her biggest dream is to become a doctor.

Clutching a pair of stethoscopes and dressed in school uniform, the outspoken Namba told local learners – mostly girls aged between 11 and 16 – to dream big. “Guys, I want to tell you that anything is possible. You must have big dreams, like me. I see myself being a doctor.”

She then shared a story of her schoolmates teasing her about her lean physique. She told the learners that instead of letting that deter her, her build has made it possible for her to take up an acting career. She has received a scholarship to study in an overseas acting school. “Don’t let your problems determine your destination; you must decide your destination,” she said.

Namba said instead of moping when she could not attend her matric dance because of financial problems, she imagined her graduation ceremony after she completes her studies. She told the learners listening to her parents when they told her “you are going to get that degree!” is paying off, because she is getting closer to her dream.

Also at the event were Beauty Behind Bars (a Maitland-based NGO that seeks to empower women in rehabilitation centres, prisons and similar institutions), in partnership with Umngqungqo WeeNtokazi.

Motivational speaker Zama Ndovela kept the audience in stitches with his constructive jokes. He advised the learners to remain in school in order to achieve good things in life.

Bulelani Radebe shared his transformation from a gangster to a religious man who fears God. “Don’t follow the same route that I took. You are the doctors, teachers and presidents of tomorrow,” he said.

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