- Nelisiwe Sibiya is the singer behind Lockdown's popular soundtracks
- She took to Twitter to narrate how she rose from poverty to be where she is now
- Her inspiring story touched the hearts of many South Africans on Twitter
Nelisiwe Sibiya, the singer of Mzansi Magic drama series Lockdown's popular soundtracks, went from grass to grace through sheer hard work.
She took to Twitter recently to share her inspiring story, Briefly.co.za gathered. She said her aim was to motivate others who may be thinking of giving up.
Nelisiwe said her family was very poor and had no permanent home. They moved often and stayed in over six different places.
Her dad died when she was just nine years old. Her mom couldn't afford to take her to university when she completed matric in 2010. They were living in Duduza in the East Rand at the time.
Nelisiwe therefore took it upon herself to improve her family's situation. She began using her vocal talents to land singing gigs.
She worked several jobs to save money for her university fees, including as an airport worker, part time model, TV presenter, and even as a nightclub dancer.
Nelisiwe managed to save enough money to finally start her studies. She was accepted for a degree in Musical Theatre Studies at Tshwane University of Technology.
However, she was concerned when her mom moved to KwaZulu-Natal to live with a family member because she still didn't have a home.
Nelisiwe selflessly used the savings meant for her studies to build her mother a home.
Unfortunately, her mom passed away soon afterwards. This left Nelisiwe sad, but she found the strength to keep pursuing her dreams.
Soon, she was asked to sing the soundtrack to Lockdown. This led to more success and she released her single Mama Kabafana. She also graduated.
The talented singer's incredible story touched the hearts of many South African tweeps. They praised her for never giving up.
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