The year had finally come to an end. We were over the hills with excitement. Finally we would get to live our dreams! Zama ‘Omuhle’ – the gorgeous star! I always made sure people added omuhle to my name – after all, I was beautiful and I knew it!

The December holidays were taking forever but we just couldn’t wait for February to go to university. The matric results were the least of our worries – we knew that we’d made it because we’d worked hard for where we were going.

I couldn’t wait to be all grown up – like my cousin: independent, with my own space, no chores and no nagging siblings. I couldn’t wait… “Lights, camera, action!” I said to myself at night before falling asleep.