- Njabulo Zulu was bullied at her private school in Kempton Park 3 years ago for being “black like a shoe polish”
- The bullying dented her confidence, but was bullied again for her dark skin and bushy hair at her new school in Soshanguve
- Her inspirational story saw the 12-year-old overcome bullying as a motivational speaker, junior preacher and church and TUT FM presenter
It’s a challenge that so many young children are faced with at school – the pressures to conform and bullying from other kids.
Njabulo Zulu not only rose above bullying, she’s now helped victims and bullies alike through her work as a motivational speaker.
The incredible 12-year-old girl suffered just three years ago as she was mocked by fellow learners for being “black like a shoe polish” at a private school in Kempton Park.
Njabulo opened up about the events as she said, “That rejection made me hate myself. I started to believe that I did not belong in that school.”
IOL reported that she then switched schools to Padisago Primary School in Soshanguve.
Unfortunately, the bullying persisted as new learners ridiculed her for her dark skin and bushy hair.
Thankfully, her mother, Dudu Zulu, continuously reminded her of her beauty and inspired her to conquer it.
Amidst the pain, Njabulo not only realised that she had the power to overcome bullying, but that she could enable others to do so as well.
She said, “I started the campaign because I wanted to become a motivational speaker. I didn’t want any child to go through what I went through.”
Njabulo’s first experience as a motivational speaker occurred at her school where she addressed learners on the effects of bullying and how it made others feel.
She recalls that her initial talk led to a marginal improvement, but more and more bullies eventually saw the error in their ways and it’s been eradicated completely at her school today.
Briefly.co.za was blown away to find out that Njabulo also serves as a junior preacher and presents on TUT FM.
Wise beyond her years, Njabulo expressed her view that her persecutors weren’t motivated by race.
She said, “I didn’t think about their race. It is for the first time I am thinking of that today. I think they might have had family problems at home.”
Dudu, her mother, feels that God placed her on this path with the challenges she endured, as a way to motivate others.
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