Growing up in a patriarchal society was not a good experience for Nosipho. All she had was her mother, who cared enough to understand her dreams. Being underrated and discriminated gave her the zeal to conquer the world. Her objective in life was to gain respect and create a status for any black poor female in every corner of the global village.
Nosipho knew no peace back home. All the boys saw no excellence in her and always discouraged her when she showed an interest in education. No-one ever thought a girl would become an academic champion and walk tall. The best they could do, was to tease her until she experienced an emotional breakdown.
At school, Nosipho had always been lonely by default, in terms of social class. Characterized 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 poor, black 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 every day to make ends meet and found her daughter in school doing her primary. Nosipho gave her studies total efforts and passed grade 7 with distinctions.
With the results she got a scholarship from one of the local girls’ only boarding school. The unfortunate part was that the rest of the school learners were from rich families and discriminated against Nosipho. This made Nosipho’s life a misery. Humiliation and embarrassment characterized her days. However, this was only until the janitor foresaw potential in Nosipho.
In vain, the janitor tried to convince the 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. Aunt Dorcas, the janitor, practically became Nosipho’s second mother. With her advice Nosipho grew to be a more intelligent lady.
The two became a great team. With Dorcas as the mentor and the goal achiever everything was perfect. High school came to pass and yet another scholarship for brilliant Ms Nosipho. University was not much of a struggle, distance was the only factor between her mentor and herself. However, the words she pierced into her ears back in high school were inspiration enough to see her through the four years.
There came a time again when the frustration became the order of the day again for Nosipho. Engaging in the 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 to everyone’s amusement, the University of Oxford made a call to the South African Health Authorities alerting them that Ms Nosipho had carried out 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 have been recorded since that time. Following this heroic act of saving the community, Nosipho has received endless awards as Dr Nosipho and after six months she was promoted to be head of all Health institutions in the Western Cape. To these achievements, Nosipho always publicly relates to her two mothers who believed in her dreams and helped her through her triple struggle.