Mpumi Nobiva was born in Rosettenville in Johannesburg and, at age nine, lost her mother to HIV/Aids. Reared in material poverty but spiritual wealth by her grandmother, she excelled academically.
Mpumi was admitted to the inaugural class of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG) in 2007, and graduated in 2011 amongst the top of her class. It was all part of a communal expectation for Mpumi, whose name means “success” in Zulu.
After matric Mpumi went to the US to study at Johnson C. Smith University, where she majored in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on global outreach, public rhetoric and strategic communications. She graduated top of her class and has obtained a Presidential Scholarship worth $60,000 from High Point University, where she is currently studying to earn a master’s degree in strategic communications.
Over and above her studies, Mpumi is an in International Motivational & Empowerment Speaker, sharing her personal story of overcoming odds to empower and inspire others.