My journey to personal, professional and academic achievement was shaped by my false sense of self, my false identity, propagated by the apartheid regime. It very subtlety left me believing that I was not good enough; I was not clever enough, and I could not achieve at a higher level.
But God only knew that he would call me out of Africa to discover and uncover my true identity. UWC would be instrumental – my undergraduate degree in dietetics – in setting me up to undertake a pioneering doctorate in sickle cell disease.
As such, as a dietitian in the UK I wrote the first-ever Nutrition Standards for Sickle Cell Disease (nationally and globally). I also wrote the first-ever ‘nutrition in sickle cell’ articles to be published in the British Dietetic Association’s professional magazine, Dietetics Today.
After this, I was able to speak at national and international sickle cell conferences – becoming the ‘go-to person’ in this subject area in the UK and abroad.
Furthermore, my destiny encounter with leadership in 2008, saw me undertake a master’s degree in Healthcare Education and Clinical Leadership, and develop a Personal Empowerment Framework.
I have since published three articles on personal empowerment. I have just been inducted as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), with distinction. I developed a Leadership Behaviour Empowerment short course for new graduates. This I hope to share with UWC.
Today, I am very grateful to my alma mater, UWC – your legacy lives on in my achievements. It does not matter how you started. What matters is how you purposefully choose to finish your race, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to share my debut book, Overcoming Disempowerment. If I could do it, then you can do it too. Proudly UWC!