Dr. Nothabo Ncube is a bubbly, down to earth woman who is a go-getter. As a doctor of medicine, international speaker and consciousness coach, Ncube’s list of accomplishments include being named Canada 100 Black Women to Watch 2017, participating in Oprah Winfrey’s Lifeclass, being a TEDx speaker, and being featured in Canadian Immigrant Magazine.
Originally from Zimbabwe, Ncube left for Canada with her father and brother when she was 16 years old, following a life-shattering event.
“My mom died in a tragic car accident, which left me feeling empty. It was a huge blow,” Ncube told The Weight She Carries. “But through it all, I have learnt to turn my pain into something bigger.”
Ncube attributes much of her success to a promise she made to her mother as she lay in an open casket when Ncube was just 14 years old.
That promise was to pursue her dream of becoming a medical doctor. What Ncube didn’t realize at the time was just how challenging that path would be.
Two years later, her family moved to Canada and lived in a particularly rough area in Toronto.
“I was living in a township called Regent Park where issues to do with prostitution, drugs and teenage pregnancies where prominent, and (other) elements that could have deterred my dreams,” she said.
Ncube found a way to remain focused on her goal and was eventually accepted into the Windsor University School of Medicine.
“Financial constraints were a huge road block. To an extent where one lady who was a total stranger living a few blocks from me gave me $10, 000 which went a long way in helping me with my schooling,” she said.
But she still needed another $25,000 to cover the first academic year. She applied for an opportunity on Oprah’s website and was invited to attend one the media mogul’s Lifeclass sessions.
“I met with Oprah Winfrey after sending out my story. This was a life-changing experience and opened my doors to empowering others,” Ncube said.
But during her first year at university, Ncube suffered from depression and lost her way in her studies.
“I was tired all the time and had no energy at all. It was through the grace of God as well as support from a good friend of mine that helped me fight depression,” she said.
“I have the power to turn my struggles into strength, and my pain to something bigger. I knew intuitively that I was called to become more than just a doctor.” – Dr. Nothabo Ncube
After graduating, she was given the opportunity to share her story on the TEDx platform in countries like South Africa and Zimbabwe, which turned her into an international speaker.
“I received a lot of resistance from friends and family because they did not understand why I wanted to take the path I desired,” Ncube said. “I have learnt that when you are chasing your purpose, not all will understand or connect to that. Not everyone understands that it can be one’s purpose to serve and change lives.”
“There is provision assigned to your vision. Your duty is to step in and be obedient. All will fall into place. – Dr. Nothabo Ncube
Along the way, Ncube has learnt many valuable lessons that have helped guide her as she continues to break barriers.
“Pay attention to what God reveals to us. When you see it, do not be afraid because when He calls you to it, He will carry you through it. He will support the unfolding of your purpose.” – Dr. Nothabo Ncube
Dr. Nothabo Ncube’s words of advice:
- Don’t look on what you don’t have.
- My superpower lies in me being me, showing up in my truth and as I am.
- There is nobody in the world that is a version of you. No one can do you like you.
- Follow your heart.
- Stay true to yourself.
- Put yourself first. It’s not selfish, it’s self-love.
- It’s never too late to pursue what God has destined you to do. Now is your time!
- Don’ let your past mistakes define you and your destiny.