Wa­bantu a fighter through and through

Daily Dispatch - - News - CHRIZELDA KEKANA

When your par­ents die when you are 11 years old and you leave home at age 16 to fend for your­self‚ ev­ery achieve­ment af­ter­wards “just try­ing to sur­vive” is worth cel­e­brat­ing. Just ask Zodwa‚ who can’t help but look back on where she came from and be grate­ful.

The en­ter­tainer‚ who cel­e­brated her birth­day this week‚ re­mem­bered a time where she had no one but God to ask the dif­fi­cult ques­tions to.

“I re­mem­ber ask­ing God would I die be­ing noth­ing?” she re­flected in an In­sta­gram post this week.

The en­ter­tainer de­scribed how she was brought up by her grand­mother and aunt af­ter her mother’s death and her aunt’s words to her.

“My aunt from Nel­spruit said Zodwa you left home when you were 16‚ all these years you have never looked back. But please‚ if it’s hard out there‚ come back as you are. Uyaphila‚ you are breath­ing‚ we won’t ask you ques­tions just come back.”

Zodwa said look­ing back she saw how hard it was for her aunt as well.

She ex­plained that her aunt mar­ried at the age of 15 and that she had nine chil­dren of her own to care for‚ so she didn’t blame her for how her life was when she was younger.

Zodwa said even though her faith has wa­vered as life threw shots at her‚ the one thing she has never stopped do­ing was to pray.

“I’ve been a fighter all my life. No par­ents. No guid­ance or guardian at all. But with God only. I didn’t give up but I al­ready told my­self that I will just die with noth­ing but my stom­ach full.

“For the record‚ I do pray. I prayed more when I was 15 to 28 years old.”

Zodwa also thanked her men­tor, D J Tira, for help­ing make her the brand that she is to­day.

“D J Tira‚ what I have asked you from day one‚ and (what) I have asked any busi­ness­man‚ was for them help me with tears on my face. So what­ever I be­came or be­come it is be­cause you gave me a chance in life.”

Zodwa’s life has been a roller­coaster, and in an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with Dis­patch last year‚ the dancer spoke about the hard times she’s en­dured.

“I had to fight for food and I could see then that that isn’t the way life should be. I was asked why I was eat­ing when my cousin’s weren’t. So I had no choice but to move. I knew I needed to hus­tle.

“I left home when I was 16 and un­til to­day‚ no mat­ter how hard life was out there‚ I never packed up and went back home. When you are young‚ you are less fear­ful of life be­cause you are op­ti­mistic com­pared to when you are older. Back then I just hus­tled‚” she said at the time.

ZODWA WA­BANTU

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