- Lehlohonolo Ntlatlapo grew up poor but he overcame all the struggles he faced to succeed
- The 26-year-old went on to study medicine and he is now a qualified medical doctor
- He has now been named as one of Mail and Guardian's 200 Young South Africans for the work he has been doing to better the lives of the less fortunate
- Dr Ntlatlapo established an NPO that aims to close this gap by helping disadvantaged youth to apply to institutions of higher learning
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Dr Lehlohonolo Ntlatlapo is a passionate young man who proved that one's background does not determine your future.
The 26-year-old hails from a poor socioeconomic background but he managed to secure life-changing opportunities.
With the help of sponsors, Ntlatlapo could go to university to study medicine. Now he has he founded na NPO called the Help Me Up Foundation, which aims at helping disadvantaged youth get the same opportunities he did.
Dr Ntlatlapo founded the 2017 after he qualified as a medical doctor - which he described as the proudest moment. He became the first person in his family to graduate from university.
Because of his success and the NPO Ntlatlapo founded, he secured himself a spot on Mail and Guardian's 200 Young South Africans list.
“I want to see more educated young South Africans from all backgrounds working towards improving their lives and of those around them, being leaders in whatever field or position they are in. That way we will know that our nation is in good hands.”
The young doctor said his background was what motivated him to start an organisation that aims to help other young people who face similar struggles.
Dr Ntlatlapo encouraged disadvantaged youth to pursue their dreams even if it looks impossible at times.
He was quoted saying:
"Just keep making sure that you dream big, work hard and smart on those dreams, never forgetting to pray, and keep moving forward. You will be fine.”
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh also reported that Lashawn Flowers, a hardworking Black woman who gave birth when she was only 16, now works together with the baby girl she gave birth to as joint-CEOs.
According to a report by Blackbusiness.com, the 51-year-old mother and her 35-year-old daughter named Shanita Vickers just bought themselves two Black-owned gas stations in South Florida, United States.
As Shell franchisees, the two are making history as women entrepreneurs and causing quite a stir on social media.
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