Meet Nonkululeko Sibiya

Just like most people who take social media seriously, I have had my fair share of trolls, hate and a whole lot of social media fails for as long as I can remember since being exposed to it. I have made friends, built good relationships and have connected with family. Nonkululeko Sibiya is one of the few friends met and who share a beautiful story that I saw fit to interview here on my platform. Here is a Q&A I had with Nonkululeko, get to know her a little bit better.

Who is Nkule? Nonkululeko Sibiya is a Mother, Sister, daughter, hard worker, friend, writer, speaker.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Stanger KwaDukuza.

What do you love most about being a mother? I love the fact that my kids love me genuinely, love seeing them grow even as naughty as they are but being able to know that I have a human being that looks up to me and sees perfection when they look at me is amazing.

Why is giving back so important to you? It’s important in a sense that i realise that in life nothing is guaranteed and I have a soft heart I don’t like to see others suffer, I believe that we all need each other as human being so if I able to lend a helping hand why not… some kids don’t chose the lives they living but becoz of their background they go through things that you don’t want to see your kids go through and being a mother shows you life differently.

What has been your greatest challenges building your brand? Knocking doors and people not willing to open because apparently I don’t know anybody. And at times not knowing which doors to knock at. Building a brand is not easy. I remember this one time I hosted a seminar and booked a hall and only 6 people showed up, it was painful but at the same time I told myself it’s okay I’m still new at this so I guess things like these happen…

How has the pandemic affected your plans in building your brand and what have you done to stay focused? It’s affecting me a lot and it makes me feel as if maybe I should throw in the towel, then I remind myself the reason why I started what I do in the first place. I tell myself things will get better and they will look up. I will make my dreams come true. My book will be completed and my talk show will happen. I just have to work hard for those things to happen. I have stayed  focused by writing my book and making sure it gets completed in time and building my career and helping out where I can.

If you were to get help what would be your first move? To have my TV talk show and make sure it makes a difference in people’s lives.

What has social media taught you? That not everyone is going to love you. And social media either builds you or destroys you. It has taught me that cyberbullying is real.

If there was one thing you would like to change about social media what would it be? The one thing I would change on social media is cyberbullying because it’s the major issue. It doesn’t just destroy a person physically but also mentally, spiritually etc. It makes one doubt the person that they are.

At what age do you think it is okay to be on social media? The age of 18 should be an age for people to start using social media.

You have built a lot of strong relationships online, tell me about those relationships? I have built a lot of relationships with different people including people from community radio stations, agriculture wise and many more and made friends with certain people who believe in me and want to see me grow as a person and want to help me become better.

What have you got planned for the year? Well my plans for the year is to definitely get my foot on the door when it comes to television and my book getting sold. Hoping to write my second book by July. Hoping to have helped a lot of youngsters in the country and my foundation operating to lend a helping hand.

Message to South African youth: My message to the south African youth is that they should grab every opportunity that comes their way. Work hard to achieve their dreams. Make sure that you knock on every door for help and opportunities.  Don’t let anything or anyone bring you down.

Thanks so much for reading, hope to see you again :)

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