Fikile Mekgoe made history on October 6th 2012 when she was crowned Mrs South Africa. She is the first black woman to win the 12 year old pageant, which honours women who are married and successful in their careers or businesses.
Â She and both her siblings we raised by an unemployed single mother in a small township called Nhlazatshe in Mpumalanga; Mekgoe had to overcome numerous challenges to get where she is right now. â€œMy biological father passed away when I was 9, and he was the bread winner. So life became tough, there were days where we’ll sleep without foodâ€, she mentions.
She shares that she gets her inspiration from her life purpose which is to change and touch peopleâ€™s lives. â€œSee I’m a dream come true to my hubbyâ€, she chuckles. Not only does she see herself as a child of God she expresses her love for her Pastor, Ose Oyakhilome who is her mentor. â€œShe taught t me how to be the best and to be a successâ€, she explains.
Before you think sheâ€™s superwoman, donâ€™t fret she is a phone-loving individual just like any of us, but doesnâ€™t love sweet things. She enjoys reading and going to the movies. Fikile is still rapping her head around her crowning, but she is so humbled by the title. â€œWow, oh wow! Itâ€™s a priceless and a humbling feeling. For me this is the story of Godâ€™s grace, Iâ€™m ecstatic about it. It shows that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLEâ€, she states
When I asked her what we should expect from her she said one word, â€œchange, Iâ€™m going to change my world by the grace of God. I want to make a change that can be measured.â€ Iâ€™m telling you that this lady is on a mission to make a difference and to inspire young women. â€œLive your life to the fullest, follow Godâ€™s plan for you because when He created you He gave you a purpose so live your purpose and standout. Refuse to be amongst the masses because you are uniqueâ€, she concludes.
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Writer: Lerato Princess-Teresa Mashego