Rhythm City’s Itumeleng Bokaba opens up about living with ADHD

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She grabbed our attention as the bubbly presenter on YO-TV’s Blue Coach and now she’s killing her role as Mampho on Rhythm City.

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On her Yo.TV days:

“Being on television so young from the YO-TV days, I was jealous of how my friends were so carefree and didn’t have to worry about being judged. I always had to check myself and I never gave myself permission to be a kid. I had an amazing childhood with my brother and my cousin who moved in with us when her mom passed away, so she’s my sister. I was always an energetic child and hyper. The funny thing though, when I was on YO-TV I couldn’t fit in with other kids. They thought I was weird because I got along better with adults, which was the exact opposite of life at home and in my community. I think with the personality I have, I was meant to be this popular person.”

On managing ADHD:

“The challenges of concentrating and then being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) only came as I got older. I’m more aware of my illness now as an adult. I don’t deny who I am because I deal with it. But sadly you can’t win either way, whether on medication or not, because there’s the struggle with things like admin and having a daily routine. I miss the times when my mom used to enforce structure in my life and made sure I had a schedule. That made sure I was a productive person. I don’t want to be on medication all the time and there are some areas I function better without it, and there are those that I don’t. I need it to balance sides.”

Her love for being a creative:

“So I’m following my dream and hope to drop one good song before I go behind the scenes so South Africa can see what I have to offer. It’s so hard to box myself in terms of the music I want to make as I have so many songs on my library, and I’m experimenting with sounds so it’ll be better to create for other artists.”

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