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Glamour (South Africa) - - Front Page - By So­phie Nd­aba

The women

who in­spire So­phie Nd­aba WIN! R51 150’s lux­ury get­away + de­signer lug­gage and hand­bags

I may not know Oprah per­son­ally, but I can still ad­mire her from afar. I love how she op­er­ates and mar­vel at the em­pire she’s built. Oprah is a busi­ness force, a film pow­er­house and the God of TV. Most of all, she never gave up, even though she had very hard be­gin­nings. I only have to look at her and think, ‘ Wow!’

Joyce Mphasane So­phie’s mother

My par­ents might not have had much, but my mother taught me the spirit of shar­ing the lit­tle that we did have. Our home was al­ways filled with peo­ple, even if they slept on the floor, be­cause she never turned any­one away. It was her in­spi­ra­tion that led me to cre­ate the non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion The So­phie Foun­da­tion of Hope. My aim is to ed­u­cate and in­spire peo­ple to care not only for their own, but for those who need help and knowl­edge, par­tic­u­larly about di­a­betes, which both my par­ents had and I my­self have in­her­ited.

Grace sham­bare So­phie’s foster mother

When I was 10 years old, I moved from Soweto to Harare, Zim­babwe to at­tend school. I was there on my own and had been liv­ing in chil­dren’s homes be­fore Grace and her fam­ily took me in. It was thanks to Grace’s teach­ings and work­ing in her fam­ily busi­ness that I was able to cre­ate my own cater­ing and events com­pany.

Lil­lian Dube Ac­tress

Lil­lian played my mother on Gen­er­a­tions, and be­hind the scenes, she was an em­pow­er­ing men­tor. She taught me the work­ings of the film and TV in­dus­try, as well as how to sur­vive in it as an in­ex­pe­ri­enced young ac­tress as I was only 22.

Judith se­phuma Singer

I call Judith my twin, not only be­cause we were born on the same day and year, but also be­cause we have a real sis­ter­hood. We’ve been friends for years; I even planned her en­gage­ment party and wed­ding. And as much as I love watch­ing her rise as a star, I also love watch­ing her rise as a mom.

sthandiwe KGOROGE Ac­tress

Sthandiwe and I met on the set of Gen­er­a­tions. She was from KZN, and the pro­ducer asked me to show her around Joburg – and we’ve been friends ever since. Sthandiwe is a role model; a hard-work­ing su­per­mom who knows how to strike the work-mother bal­ance. She’s al­ways been there for me, and she’s the kind of friend I can call in the mid­night hour if I need to.

Oprah Win­frey Talk-show host and founder of the OWN TV net­work

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