Taking to the stage to uplift girls
Women should be relentless in validating their dreams and not be scared to step out of their comfort zones.
So says businesswoman Olwethu Nodada, 35, who lives by this mantra.
Nodada is the founder of the Every Girl Child Can Foundation, which assists young girls from underprivileged communities to transition from high school to tertiary education.
The mother of three conducts motivational talks, provides sanitary towels for pupils, and facilitates and funds the varsity application process for matriculants who cannot afford the application fee.
Nodada said she hoped to help get 10 girls into university in 2020.
She is also in the running for the Tammy Taylor Mrs South Africa title, which will be contested at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg in November. She made it into the top 25 after the 2019 competition received more than 2,000 entries.
The pageant aims to highlight the positive role of married women in SA who make a difference in their own lives and of those around them.
The cherry on top for Nodada has been her participation in SABC3’s popular Presenter Search on 3: Expresso Edition competition.
Nodada made it to the top ten of the competition and then to the top eight before being eliminated last week.
The Port Elizabeth-born marketing guru was praised for her competitive spirit by judge Dr Musa Mthombeni, who said: “From day one, Olwethu went in for the win and that’s how she got the ticket right through to the top 10.”
Nodada said: “As moms and wives we get caught up doing everything for everybody else and lose focus on the things that are important to us.
“Mrs SA is something I am doing to find my feet and my voice, and to bring light on some of the causes that are important to me, like Every Girl Child Can.”
To vote for Nodada in SABC3’s viewers’ choice competition, SMS #SABC3OlwethuNodada to 35959.