Self-Development Life Coach and Speaker Sinikiwe Kademaunga is a confident woman who is passionate about impacting people’s lives through empowerment, motivation and mentoring.
At just 25, her message has a tremendous impact because she is a living example of the hope she instills in others.
Kademaunga was born with no limps and no knees.
Although her maternal grandmother showered her with love and support, and treated Kademaunga the same way she treated the other children, Kademaunga still struggled with self-confidence.
“I was surrounded by so much love. Even in school, I was in a mainstream class and everyone treated me well,” Kademaunga told The Weight She Carries. “But I always felt different. I couldn’t accept my body and it affected my confidence. I thought I wasn’t beautiful and my body was not awesome.”
Kademaunga’s grandmother raised her because her paternal family had a difficult time accepting her condition, which they blamed her mother for.
“Her marriage was shaken, and she was depressed. My mother used to visit me, but I never knew my father until he passed on,” Kademaunga said.
Both of her parents are now deceased.
“Now I am reconnected with my paternal family,” she said. “It is really difficult, honestly, but I am taking it slowly.”
According to a study by UNICEF, 7 percent of people in Zimbabwe are living with a disability.
An estimated 52 percent of disabled children in Zimbabwe do not have access to an education.
Fortunately, that was not the case for Kademaunga. She completed her primary education at a special school for children with disabilities called Jairus Jiri.
Her teen years were particularly difficult. There were some kids that made fun of her, and Kademaunga took it upon herself to deal aggressively with anyone who tried to bully her.
“I was cruel and used to hit others,” she said. “It was a form of self-defense. But as I grew older, I realized that there are better ways of defending myself than being violent.”
Kademaunga realized that the best way to handle bullies was to either speak up for herself or ignore the negativity.
“When I went to university, I reached a point where I reflected on my life and who I really was. I had to be kind to myself and accept things I cannot change about my body and life in general. I also drew so much from people like Nick Vujicic and Kezya Nunes. I started paying more attention to the things I love, like fashion and make-up. From that moment, self-love has been my lifestyle. Even as a motivational speaker, the main thing I leave with my audience is self-love.”
– Sinikiwe Kademaunga
While in university, Kademaunga decided to start a blog – Life in The Shoes of a Short Girl – where she welcomed readers into her world and shared her thoughts on life from her perspective.
Her confidence grew, as did her sphere of influence. And in 2016, she received a Courage Award at the International Women’s Awards in Zimbabwe. She was 23 at the time.
After earning a degree in social work in South Africa, Kademaunga decided to enroll in life coaching classes and fell in love with motivational speaking – ultimately deciding to pursue it as a profession.
“No matter how different I look, I have something to bring to the table.”
– Sinikiwe Kademaunga
Raised to be independent, Kademaunga takes care of her everyday needs herself. Since her home is accessible, she only relies on others for help her get objects out of her reach.
When she looks back on her journey to self-love, Kademaunga feels driven to work even harder to achieve her dreams.
“My dream is to be a very powerful life coach and run my own personal development program for young adults,” she said.
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Vimbai E. is a writer, journalist, ghostwriter and the founder of The Weight She Carries. With hundreds of articles publishing online, in print and for broadcast, her love of language and storytelling shines through every piece of writing that bears her name.