One’s experience growing up can really motivate one and push one to aspire to obtain things one couldn’t obtain earlier.
Afrotainment star dancer Zodwa Wabantu is a sterling example. The dancer, who has a 12-year-old son, lost her mother when she was just 11, and although she had to live in different places and with different persons when she was still young, she was not at home in those houses.
She told TshisaLIVE: “If you grew up like I did, then you will understand how amazing it feels to have a home. I never had one, from the time my mom died, when I was 11. I stayed in other people’s houses but I never really had a home.”
The case is different now, though, as she has got a house to her name, a place she can call home, a place erected entirely without debt and without a bank loan. It would be a place of retirement, as she admits to TshisaLIVE:
“When Zodwa Wabantu is dry and can’t be Zodwa Wabantu anymore, I will have a house, maybe two, and a car in my name. That is the bigger picture, I own everything I have, my things don’t belong to the bank, like some people.”
She posted a picture of the house (when it was under construction) to her Instagram page, with the caption: “Just Build this houses & Count them After. At the End Zodwa Wabantu name on it?”Source: Zodwa Wabantu/ Instagram
The house is a three bedroom apartment consisting of a living room, a dining room, two garages, and two restrooms. On the house’s location she has the following explanation to TshisaLIVE:
“I choose to build in Nelspruit because that is where I see myself when I am old and grey, plus my aunt is there and will look after my house when I am not there. She’s a woman that is close to my heart too.”
As well as celebrating the house, she is using it to motivate others about what they can do, regardless of what people say about or wish them.
She posted another picture of herself in slacks and matching miniskirt in the living room of the completed with words of gratitude for the Afrotainment boss:
“@djtira Flights,own apartment for Zodwa Wabantu as an Artist you are such a great Boss.??? Shame i appreciate this always? #Respect Happy Birthday Sir???? @Ostrinchfarm.”
Also, Zodwa Wabantu apparently got a car, an ash-coloured Audi, from the Afrotainment boss, and was so excited she penned a gratitude note on the hood of the car. It reads: “Thank you DJ Tira Bearings Afrontainment. Zodwa Wabantu.”
It has been a magical year for the dancer. And it promises to remain magical throughout. Dedication does pay, after all
Some will certainly learn from her.