Nomzamo Mbatha & Penny Lebyane's sweet letters to their younger selves will touch your soul
On a day to celebrate and uplift girl children across the world, SA celebs Nomzamo Mbatha and Penny Lebyane penned heartfelt letters to their younger selves to remind the world that no girl should be left behind.
In 2020 women are leaders around the world and have overcome some of the obstacles of patriarchy, but in some areas this is not the case.
The UN dedicated a day to raise awareness of the issues girl children face across the globe, including child marriage, education and nutrition.
Actress Nomzamo took to Instagram to reflect on her childhood. The star posted a picture of her 10-year-old self dressed in a cheerleader outfit. Looking back, she said it was the dreamer in her that sees adult Nomzamo making waves in Hollywood.
“Who would’ve thought that from a small little corner in SA, that little smile would be where it is now.
"Dear 10-year-old Zamo, I have kept my promise. You gave me the courage and I will never let go of it,” wrote Nomzamo.
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CHALLENGE ACCEPTED 💥💥 . LOL, I was a little cheerleader for RED HOUSE during Sports Day at school when this picture was taken. I look at this little girl and I remember how big she dreamed. How BOLD she was... Who would’ve thought that from a small little corner in South Africa, that little smile would be where it is now... If it were not for my teachers who saw the bright light before I realized it, if it were not for the books that kept me Dreaming and imagining... I don’t know how life would look like right now. Education gave me the power to dream. The audacity to dare even greater. Dear 10 year old Zamo, I have kept my promise. You gave me the courage and I will never let go of it. On International Day of the Girl, I challenge you to get involved in the #GirlUpChallenge! Post a throwback photo of when you were a fearless kid ready to take on the world. Use the hashtag #GirlUpChallenge and pass it along to 10 loved ones. Let’s support girls’ education and unite girls around the world. @GirlUpCampaign @Moncler
Radio DJ Penny Lebyane also opened up about her youth in a photo of 14 year-old Penny. She said she is proud of her confidence and resilience.
“A girl with a bright future, 14 year old me on my way to big stages. I wouldn’t let anyone tell me l didn’t qualify 'cause of my height or big bum or Afro hair.
"Stay on it baby girl. Every day go for gold. It’s your time every day,” said Penny.
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A girl with a bright future 14yrs old me on my way to big stages. I wouldn’t let anyone tell me l didn’t qualify cause of my height or big bum or #afrohair I didn’t hear or believe in the word no. I can do all things through Christ.... was my motto and still is.... #GirlOnAMission #UnstoppableGirl Stay on it baby girl everyday go for gold it’s your time everyday. #InternationalDayOfTheGirlChild focused on every dream in a little head and heart... #PennyGirl #GirlChild #GirlChildUp #dayofthegirl
Thanks for being so inspirational ladies! #GirlPower.