It feels really important for me to be authentic - Mpumi Nobiva

Motivational speaker Mpumi Nobiva, one of the first Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy graduates, says she always has to be authentic in her public speaking engagements because otherwise she forfeits the essence of who she is.

Nobiva shared these sentiments when she spoke to Lee Kasumba on Africa State of Mind.

I am u Mpumi, I am my grandmother's child, I grew up in the streets of Johannesburg, I grew up listening to rap music. I grew up listening to house and I am an artist at heart.

Mpumi Nobiva, Motivational speaker and Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy graduate

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I never want to lose that essence. That is why I put up that post that says Jay Z raised me and Oprah launched me.

Mpumi Nobiva, Motivational speaker and Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy graduate

She adds that she doesn't want to get to where she is in life and then become something else because she would feel disconnected from her roots.

The reason I do what I do is so that everyone who has ever gone through what I have gone through, who has struggled, who has been orphaned and who has slept without food, I need those people to identify, I need them to know that they can make it, that they as they are in their truth are enough.

Mpumi Nobiva, Motivational speaker and Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy graduate

It feels really important to me to be authentic because I have to believe that everything I have gone through in life, everything that has shaped me, has been for a reason and one day maybe many people can look to themselves in that. My job is not to separate myself in that and I hold myself responsible to remain accessible.

Mpumi Nobiva, Motivational speaker and Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy graduate

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