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How I Took Back My Power by Nompumelelo Runji
How I Took Back My Power by Nompumelelo Runji

Respected political analyst and academic Nompumelelo Runji seemed the picture of a successful black professional woman. Yet, like many of us, she privately battled personal demons. In her book How I Took Back My Power (Tafelberg), Nompumelelo lays bare her truth. She shares the story of her childhood abuse and a toxic, dysfunctional marriage, which she endured in secret while projecting the image of a near-perfect life. It took a major health scare to change everything. Only when she got the support she needed to walk away from a relationship that was destroying her, could she start healing and begin to thrive in her personal and professional life.

In this extract, she writes about a time after she had braces put on her teeth, and suffered the neglect of Sheffield, her husband – leading up to the moment she knew she could be with him no longer.

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