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I just got news that I passed my final varsity exam… with a B nogal!

Wow, I’m speechless. All I need to do now is finish strong as I do my final lap.

God is good…He’s been with me throughout and His hand has been on me…I’m so thankful right now, you have no idea.

I went to my role-model’s website, Vincent Maher, just to see what he’s up to and of course read about what’s happening in the new media world and I noticed he had put up a post about the conference, Socaial Networking World forum, that he’ll be attending next week.

At first I was a bit jealous you know? He is leaving the dream-travelling and speaking about what he is passionate about. And I thought maybe one day it’ll be me…

The conference is titled ‘Shaping the future of social media’, now I know I’m a newbie when it comes to the new media world (hence I’m studying it now) however I realised something unnerving…the key speakers are from global brands, organisations, social networking publishers and developers, pioneering social media leaders, top agencies, and content producers.

Anyhow I kept reading and  about the Forum  and how it is “the perfect event for professionals to learn and discuss the future development of social media. The two day conference and exhibition will provide a focused platform for the global social media industry.

The conference aims to address core issues such as monetization, future technologies/services, engaging social groups with brands and how businesses can get the most out of social and business networks”.


After looking at the key speakers I noticed that they didn’t have a black woman representing or even speaking… I do stand to be corrected here and I’ll be glad if someone challenges me but why isn’t there a face of colour particularly an African black female face? Do not think I’m pulling on a ‘race’ card here but try seeing this from my view.

The world is becoming more digitalised and globalised than ever before. Moreover, more people are getting educated about telecommunications, intergrated marketing, social media, and new media.  And I felt that black women again are being side-lined.

Granted in Africa we don’t have many instutions that give us access but  isn’t  there at least one  black South African woman who is specialising in these industry? Surely black women also have influence in their cultural and economic circles? Surely global businesses are targeting the ‘other’ race because mostly black young and upcoming professionals are using social networking sites, creating business for it etc?

Yes, I understand that the forum is about social networks and  examining the current market conditions, future forecasts and predictions from leading analysts and so on but to answer my question about-If that’s the case we have still have a long way until everyone is part of this global wave of new media.

Hopefully ten years from now I can be that black beautiful, sophisticated and educated woman who challenges people about social networking along side fellow South African, Vincent Maher…

I do not want to die… until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.
Kathe Kollwitz, O Magazine, September 2002

I had great weekend with my girls… I partied like there is no tomorrow and had so much fun but one thing I realised is how much I appreciate my close friends here at Rhodes. They have been there for me throughout this year and I’m grateful. It’s a pity most are leaving but it’s cool our paths will mos def cross.  Now it’s time I studied for exams… really don’t feel like it but it’s gotta be done especially if I want to get my degree… I have seven papers all in all and then in 20 days I’ll be in my baby’s arms… Ah I miss him so much…

To achieve great things we must live as though we were never going to die.
Marquis de Vauvenargues

God is good and His love endureth forever!! I just got into my fourth year specialisation New Media y’all… ah my day could not end on a more happier note…I’m spilling over with joy and tears are streaming down my face because there were times were though maybe I won’t make it… but here I am saying… I actually made it…. and it was not by my strength nor might but by the man upstairs.

I have been dreaming about this day to come and it’s finally here- it feels like I’m in living in a dream-someone pinch me please! My gosh this feeling is incredible. The feeling of… thinking I got in. I got through three years of varsity and finally got into new media… ahh I feel like screamimg from the top of my lungs because my majors Drama 3 and Journ 3 are not subjects that a weak character must take on, you must know your eish, be focused and plan well in advance! At times crying and shying away from work doesn’t work, everyday I’d tell myself to pull it together.

Of course, mommy dearest is THE PERSON I should thank for helping me push this far. If it wasn’t for my moms encouragement then I probably would’ve dropped out-thanks mommy, really I know it’s been hard paying fees every year and making sure my dreams of getting a university education come true. This woman has sacrificed so much. I remember  when I would go back home for vacs and there would be no grocery in the fridge because my mom made sure I come back home safe and sound via plane. She’s been selfless and one day I pray that I turn out like her. I pray that I can repay all that she’s invested in me. When I graduate in 2010 I’ll be doing it for her, no one else. I want to be the first grandchild to get a university degree and make my mother proud!

Another person whom I should mention, has made me dream bigger than big. He is the love of my life, my man. He makes me stretch my faith to the furtherest ends. He inspires me to be the best I can be and he has been there for the past three years encouraging and edifying me through and through. He asked me out two months before coming to Rhodes and I can’t believe that we’ve made it this far. This December we celebrate our third year anniversary…ahh I’m wiping tears from my cheeks because has supported me even though at times things seemed impossible, he stood in the gap for me and believed in my dreams. There are very few guys out there like my man and I appreciate him so much!

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable”. Christopher Reeve

My dream has become inevitable. Now I feel like I can just start and be thrown into the deep end…. ah the sleepless nights, no social life, working weekends, adrenaline rush… ah music to my ears! I can’t wait. I wish my exams and vac could fast forward so I can get into it….Now, since I’ve made it into my specialisation, I need to start thinking where I’ll be working and for which company…hmmm luckily I’ve got my internship with the Times Multimedia team secured for Dec so I’ll see from there. But ag let me live in the moment, I’ll think about the ‘life after new media’ next week…* sigh* It’s done now… all done! Thank you Lord!!!!!!

Victory belongs to the most persevering.

Napoleon Bonaparte
French general & politician (1769 – 1821)

I dedicate this to the love of my life… I won’t mention his name but he knows who he is… IKBA Baby… mcwah lll mcwah

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April 2020