Growing up in a patriarchal society was not a so good experience for Nosipho. All she had was her mother who cared enough to understand her dreams. Being underrated gave her the zeal to conquer the world.
Nosipho knew no peace back home. All boys saw no excellence in her and always discouraged her when she showed interest in education. None ever thought a girl would become an academic champion and walk tall.
At school, Nosipho was always lonely by default in terms of social class. Characterised by a poor background, none of the girls wanted to befriend her. The fact of the matter is that she had landed at this school by mistake as a result of the scholarship.
As a black poor girl Nosipho had to suffer the triple struggle against race, class and gender. There was nothing to envy about her growing up, except her intelligence.
Nosipho made the best efforts to achieve what she has today against all odds. As a single mother, Nosipho’s mother struggled to see her through life. Whatever the matter, she was determined to see her daughter live her dreams. She had to scrounge everyday to make ends meet and fund her daughter in school during her primary. Nosipho gave her studies total efforts and passed grade 7 with distinctions.
With the result, she got a scholarship from one of the local girls only boarding school. The unfortunate part was that the rest of the students were from rich families and discriminated Nosipho. This made Nosipho’s life a misery. Humiliation and embarrassment characterised her days. However, this was only until the janitor foresaw potentials in Nosipho.
In vain, the janitor tried to convince other girls that Nosipho might be a blessing to them if they accepted her as a friend. The girls took the janitor’s word for granted and continued with their evil towards Nosipho; this did not do away with the janitor’s foresight. She began to meet secretly with Nosipho, inspiring her never to give up hope. She told her stories of great public figures who struggled to be who they are today. Practically, Aunty Dorcas, the janitor, became Nosipho’s second mother. With her advice, Nosipho grew to be a more intelligent lady.
The two became a great team. With Dorcas being the mentor and Nosipho the goal achiever, everything was perfect. High school came to pass and yet another scholarship for brilliant Misss Nosipho. University was not much of a struggle, only distance was the factor between her mentor and herself. However, the words she pierced into her ears back in high school were inspiring enough to see her through the four years.
There came a time again when frustration became the order of the day again for Nosipho. Engaging into workforce was another struggle because of one limitation. Nosipho was a lady and it was not fit for her to be a doctor. The only luck that came her way was to get admitted as a part-time nurse at a local clinic. Here, all the male staff ill-treated her disregarding her hard earned degree.
Time passed and Nosipho kept on pressing to become a doctor but to no avail. Then came a time when the rejected stone was to become the headstone of the building. A plague struck and all the head doctors had no idea on how to handle it. Fortunately but to everyone’s amusement, the University of Oxford made a call to the South African Health Authorities alerting them that Miss Nosipho had carried a research on the disease during her study at the university and was the best recommendation. The same Nosipho they had despised from kindergarten was to be the one to save the whole community.
Funding was put in place and Nosipho stood up to fight the plague and no symptom of the plague has been recorded since that time. Following this heroic act of saving the community, Nosipho has received endless awards as Doctor Nosipho and after 6 months, she was promoted to be head of all Health institutions in the Western Cape. To these achievements, Nosipho always publicly relates her two mothers who believed her dreams and helped her through the triple struggle.
Living up to your dreams and passion can be so frustrating, but this should not be a setback. Do not be controlled by mediocrity in this global village.
Jurgen Namupira – Zimbabwe