She wants to make a difference in people's lives. But she understands she can't do it alone.
Singer-songwriter Nomcebo Zikode (35) recently launched her self-titled foundation aimed at empowerment the girl child.
She's partnered with Swiss finance tech company Aidonic, where she has been made the goodwill ambassador, supported by local sneaker brand Drip and Liv Village. The foundation intends to make many communities around the country beneficiaries by donating monies where needed.
“My career would not have been a success without the support of people. Giving back is my way of saying thank you. I believe it’s important to share even the little that we make with those that need it the most,” Nomcebo says.
The foundation’s values are what the Jerusalema singer has lived by all her life - accountability, and transparency.
“Most importantly empowering the girl-child, protecting her against crimes of gender-based violence. Ensuring her rights to decent education are met,” Nomcebo says.
“We will focus on early childhood development with the support those in the arts and music sectors,” she adds.
Starting in her hometown of Hammarsdale in KwaZulu-Natal, Nomcebo hopes by playing her part as a successful singer, others will follow suit.
The Nomcebo Zikode Foundation will be donating R125,000 to disadvantaged communities around South Africa. She has always been passionate about helping people, even before her career blossomed, she had dreams of starting a foundation helping youth.
Since coming into stardom, Nomcebo has used her fame to help others. With almost every one of her tours across the continent, she has tried to visit impoverished schools, homes orphanages, and hospitals giving generous donations.
“Giving comes naturally to me. It has always been my dream to bring effective change in our society, to start an NGO with a purpose and that serves our communities that are struggling with basic needs throughout Africa.”
Nomcebo has also nominated for the Sofnfree Female Of The Year category at this year's South African Music Awards.