- A woman from South Africa has stirred the zeal of many with her unique achiever story
- 43-year-old Matshidiso Lelaka successfully earned a PhD in Literature and Philosophy in January 2019
- Matshidiso Lelaka started her journey to success as a hotel cleaner and waitress
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With determination fuelled by a relentless passion to materialize her dreams, a 43-year-old woman who started out as a cleaner and waitress in a hotel has attained an impressive feat after successfully completing her PhD programme.
Constance Matshidiso Lelaka, from South Africa, was reportedly a waitress and cleaner of the Sandton City’s Garden Court Hotel in South Africa about two decades ago.
Her mother, who was once a domestic worker has been her number one inspiration.
Lelaka’s mother wanted to see her better placed in life so she urged her to save part of her money to further her education.
Lelaka, then 14, had dreams of becoming a social worker, so upon her mother’s encouragement, she enrolled in 1996 for an honours degree in social work.
Despite earning meagre salary, Lelaka kept saving to fund her education including tips she received from serving at the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
The resilient woman also received counsel from an experienced professor, Azwihagwisi Mavhandu-Mudzusi, who encouraged her to pursue her PhD.
Lelaka decided to pursue a doctoral degree in Literature and Philosophy in 2015 and joyfully graduated in January 2019.
She has left many inspired by her story particularly because of her humble start in life and education.
Lelaka hopes that her story will urge women, especially girls to pursue their dreams.
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Meanwhile, the resilience of Berdanette Adams, the wife of a former French footballer, Jean-Pierre Adams, has given meaning to staying true to one's vows which has resonated with many globally. Berdanette has reinforced what it means to stay with one’s partner, for better or for worse.
Despite the current state of her husband, Jean-Pierre Adams, who is still in a coma for nearly 40 years now, Berdanette continues to stay true to her love and has marvelled many.
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