Oprah Winfrey Academy alumna dedicates university degree to her grandmother

Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls alumna, Mpumi Nobiva, recently graduated from the Johnson C. Smith University in North Carolina.

702's John Robbie spoke to her about her humble beginnings which have led her to achievement.

Listen to the interview below:

I'm so happy to bring it home and pay homage to not just the Oprah school, but to my family and everyone who has been part of this journey.

Mpumi Nobiva, Johnson C. Smith University graduate

My grandmother had long instilled values and principles that would pull me through and make sure that I'm successful. I can't take for granted the opportunities that education has afforded me.

Mpumi Nobiva, Johnson C. Smith University graduate

Nobiva was orphaned at the age of nine after her mother died, and then raised by her grandmother. She was part of the inaugural class at the school owned by the global television icon.

It was a life-altering experience. From the moment we entered the gate, we were addressed as leaders.

Mpumi Nobiva, Johnson C. Smith University graduate

The great take-away is that this is what happens when you invest in a girl-child, this is what happens when everyone shows up.

Mpumi Nobiva, Johnson C. Smith University graduate

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