From Teenage Motherhood to Climbing Kilimanjaro

Beyoncé has a song that says “strong enough to bear the children, then get back to business”. No one resonates and exudes these words better than Noqaqambile, for short Q. Disowned by her parents after she fell pregnant at the age of 18, Q is the epitome of a woman pushing through adversity to succeed.

A successful mother of 3, Q is a force to be reckoned with. An example of this is how a few months after being retrenched from her job, instead of hiding away and being depressed, she decided to train and then successfully summited the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro.

You should see and witness the strength Q exudes. Focused on being the best and supportive mother and wife, empowering and developing the department she heads up, Q is not someone you forget, let alone overlook.

She credits her strong spirit and her ability to push through challenges to her unwavering faith. She says “I always believe that things will get better, no matter how hard they seem now, they will get better. I also think that I carried on with the prayer life that my parents entrenched in my siblings and I when we were growing up. I am a Pastor’s Kid after all.”

Describing herself as an average person, Q is anything but that. It is her strength and vigor that maker her a powerhouse.

Q after a successful climb of Kilimanjaro

For me Q’s story, is the type we should hear often. To learn that despite what the world throws at us, despite the choices we make, we can always find a way to be and do better. Her life story is also an example that there are many women in our midsts, seemingly average, yet powerful beyond measure.

I am so grateful for Q and her story, and mostly for her honesty. I am also truly honored she allowed me to share her story.

The hope is that this post helps to motivate others to be stronger and to push through adversity. That it drives you to seek out other women, mothers, wives in your life to start conversations on how to get through difficult situations.


Career Mom

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