Boity Thulo’s phenomenal path to Forbes Africa’s list
The media personality’s star continues to shine brighter. We look at her amazing journey to making one of Forbes Africa’s premium lists
HER list of accomplishments is long: model, presenter, actress, businesswoman, musician. And, most recently, appearing on Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 list.
The annual list, which this year showcased 120 young African game-changers, is an honour Boity Thulo has been chasing for a while now – and the taste of success is sweet.
“I feel very grateful,” she says. “It was just in time because I’m 29. This would have been my last year. It’s more special because being on 30 under 30 has been on my vision board since 2017. “I’m inspired to do more.” What’s next for her? “I’m releasing my single, Own Your Throne, next month,” Boity says, referring to the phrase she often uses on social media. “So that’s something cool to look forward to.”
Of course, becoming a game-changer requires plenty of hard work and Boity has been putting in the hours since she first made an appearance on the entertainment scene.
However, she’s the first to admit things have changed since she first shot to fame 10 years ago. “The youth today are a microwave generation – they want everything to happen now,” Boity says.
“I don’t think they value what it really means to work and wait for your dreams and aspirations to come to life. “Social media perpetuates that – the almost instant life that we live now gives the façade that everything happens now. “So they don’t understand the value of waiting and working hard towards your goals, dreams and aspirations.”
Parents, she feels, are not having enough conversations with their children. “Ultimately, this affects the youth because I don’t think they are being guided by their elders. Parents just throw iPads, tablets and cellphones at their kids, all these material things so they can have instant happiness.”
Things may be different these days, but the sky is the limit if you stay true to yourself, she believes. “Your journey is made just for you and everything will happen at its time,” Boity says. “Just trust in the fact the universe or God, or whatever you believe in, is really taking care of where you’re going.
“Don’t let anything stand in your way, don’t let opinions or people box you into something you are not.
“Do you and be sure that if you have a dream, you chase it relentlessly because the dream was placed in you, not someone else.”
Owning her throne is the secret to Boity’s success. “You must walk your own path. It makes things so much easier because you’re less distracted.
“When you find your purpose, you get less distracted because you stop looking at what other people are doing. You stop comparing yourself to others.
“Had I been distracted by what someone else was doing or who was getting what gig before me, I would’ve given up by now because I would have felt like everything is taking too long.”
We take a closer look at her phenomenal path to the top.