Njabulo Siphesihle Zulu, 14 Years of age was born and bred in Soshanguve block LKK, went to Padisago Primary School and is currently doing grade 9 at Soshanguve Technical High School.
Njabulo Zulu was raised by a single mother, she is a motivational speaker, and an Anti-Bullying Activist. She loves drama, playing chess, and violin. “My role model is my mother because she’s a single mom and I can see how strong she is,” Zulu added.
Zulu was bullied because of her dark-skinned complexion by teachers at Padisago Primary School. “I overcame this by telling my mother what I was going through at school, she then raised the issue to the principal of the school.” She spoke. Her inspiration to becoming an Anti-bullying Activist, came from her being a victim of bullying and she also looks to helping other kids going through the same ordeal as her, to speak up.
Zulu started an organization in December 2019 named Njabulo Zulu Organization. Through her organization, she visited the Jehovah Jirah Orphanage Centre in Soshanguve block GG. Before visiting the Orphanage, she went to supermarkets asking for donations for the organization and Soshanguve Crossing Ackerman’s responded by donating blankets and toys that she later donated to the Orphanage.
Every year Zulu hosts an annual talk show event named #BtalksWithNjabuloZulu. The purpose of the talk show is to help unpack underlying factors of bullying, her first annual event was attended by learners, teachers, parents and other professionals like social workers and psychologists.
Due to the work, she has done by helping students overcome bullying, Zulu has been honoured by winning the ‘African Children of The Year Award’ in 2019, under the safety and security category. She was also nominated for the ‘Gauteng Premier Excellence Awards’ held on the 27th of February 2020, got a nomination again for the ‘Gauteng Woman’s Excellence Awards’ held on 8th March 2020.
Zulu became a runner-up of the ‘Vita Basadi Awards’ in December 2020, under the category of the ‘Young Dignitary Award’ and was awarded a Certificate and a R 5000 Makro gift card. Mrs Pontsho Manzi the founder and chairman of the Fabulous Girls Foundation has by far awarded Zulu with a recognition certificate.
Working as a solo brand, Zulu donated sanitary pads in May at Ikaneng Secondary School in the Northwest. She’s also planning on donating male deodorants to boys in schools, the name of the school she will be donating to has not yet been revealed.
“My personal motto is “be happy, be bright and be you” the advice I can give to those who are being bullied is that they should not hide because they are being bullied, they should speak up and conquer their fears,” said Zulu concluding the interview.