Updated: Jun 11
Voices of Positive Change: “You can’t be what you can’t see” – Marian Wright Edelman
Zahara's Dream Interview with Nomso Kana, Nuclear Scientist, South Africa
1. What was your first career dream? (Where did Nomso girl-child see Nomso adult-woman?)
I literally wanted to be a police woman, just liked the authority they carried – true story!
2. What does Opportunity mean to you?
Opportunity means paying it forward, create that opportunity I wanted as a young Nomso, expanding my horizons and creating a conducive environment for all of us to excel.
3. What does Ambition mean to you?
Ambition is about stretching myself, strong desires to know, challenge status quo, intrinsically and extrinsically and achieve heart fulfilling success.
4. How important is discipline when it comes to building a fulfilling career?
Self-discipline is the main ingredient when it comes to building a career, you have to be consistent in order to see results.
5. How do you start your day to achieve the objectives you have set for yourself?
I start my day by meditating, preparing my inner-woman, strengthening myself from the inside: I pull my powers from the inside.
6. How do you manage disrupters/toxicity to your journey?
I confront disruption / toxicity to only show it the exit door! I don’t entertain anything that depletes my energies!
7. What is the value of a role model?
The value of a role model is that perfect (with their imperfections) image of an individual, a well of inspiration that you constantly draw from!
8. How can mentorship benefit young women and girls?
Mentorship is beneficial for every stage a woman goes through, it is more essential when women in leadership positions show the younger ones how to climb the lift! “ Send the lift down!”
9. What first inspired you to become an advocate for women’s rights?
My first inspiration came when I saw fellow science students in my class who were excelling but not getting exposure opportunities in science fairs etc, my advocacy voice moved from silence to LOUD!
10. How have you turned pain into strength?
I defeated a cancer scare when I was 23 years old, I had to cancel my academic year, in fact, I failed all my courses. During my healing time, I self-actualized and turned that pain to strength!
11. What is the best career advice you were given?
- “Be part of something bigger than you!” H.E Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka
12. Name a Woman (Women) who inspire(s) you.
H.E Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, I want to carry forward the torch she’s carrying
13. What is your dream today?
My dream today is to have the fibre optic products plant running so I can produce cables for seamless connectivity, to build communication networks in Africa, for every country, city community, village, family, man, woman, child for them to communicate, connect effectively in these modern times.
14. What advice would you give to your younger self?
To my young self “ I know you look small, skinny and dark, but say something even if you are trembling, your words build, you'll soon witness, they have built an empire!”