- Bridget Nwovhe is changing the lives of South Africans in more than one way
- The 23-year-old recently qualified as a medical doctor
- When she's not saving lives, Nwovhe pens award-winning poetry
Bridget Nwovhe is a jack of all trades. The 23-year-old lady not only aced medical school and became a doctor, she also received several awards for her poetry.
Nwovhe opened up about her inspiring life story in an exclusive with Briefly.co.za. The inspiring young woman grew up in a village in Limpopo.
"I was born and raised in Makonde Village, few kilometers away from Thohoyandou in limpopo province. Growing up, I had my mother who played a very important role in nurturing my progress," she said.
Nwovhe said her dad contributed hugely to her education and he encouraged her to reach higher heights.
However, he sadly passed away when Nwovhe was just 13-years-old and she was left to deal with losing her dad on her own.
"Growing up like every other black girl from villages, I had challenges - you had to train yourself to be a bigger person because role models were people we saw on TV."
Nwovhe revealed she had a passion for helping people from a very young age and she decided to pursue a career in medince to touch lives.
"I feel like that's my whole purpose of existence, making people feel better. Medicine helps me to do that through healing the physical body."
Despite facing funding issues and several years of difficult studies, Nwovhe graduated from medical school and became a qualified doctor.
Aside from her work as a doctor, Nwovhe also loves poetry. She has gone on to win several awards, including the Sol Plaatjie European union poetry award in 2018.
"I think poetry is a calling. I write poems to heal myself when I'm going through rough times. I have a dream of me to the world, with a hope to walk the stages that Maya Angelou walked on. Poetry helps one to return power of what you think you've lost. It heals!"
Nwovhe said she hopes to change the world for the better through her medical work and poetry.
"I want to be an agent of change, the one who the world will never forget because of her lasting changes. My biggest dream is to live a purposeful life, to lead and to inspire others. I want others to look at me and say, because I lived, they did not give up," she said.
Nwovhe wants to encourage young kids to follow their dreams through her successes:
"I grew up in the dusty streets, in a continent where nothing much really happens, I had to live on, dream on, so I want to inspire others too who comes from that shaded part of the world as I am."
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