INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR MISS SOUTH AFRICA MISS

Qalokuhle Zama

“If you weren’t capable, the opportunity would have never come your way, You belong”

 “Village girl”

An ambitious 21-year-old who isn’t afraid to fail because to me, failure is a stepping stone to greatness. My background motivates me more than anything because I’m from a small disadvantaged village where it seems like you are crazy when you have big dreams.

IJM has given me a chance to show myself that there’s another version of me I am yet to meet, that version is fearless and more dedicated than I now am. It has also given me an opportunity to show my sisters in the village that anything is possible when you set goals and focus on achieving them.

I’m a Bachelor of Arts degree student at the University of KwaZulu Natal majoring in my vernacular (IsiZulu), this is to assist me better understand my culture and where I come from so that I pass on the knowledge gained to the next generation.

Any chance I get, I use it to read books especially by South African authors, my favorite is Dudu-Busani Dube. I am also assisting at a library in a local school called St Lawrence Primary School, they call me “reading champion” haha, I hope I produce young reading champions as well.

“If you weren’t capable, the opportunity would have never come your way, You belong” these few words are my daily affirmation to remind myself that I am doing well and it’s not by mistake I have been given this opportunity, I belong to IJM.

I’m more than excited to meet all my sister queens, I cannot wait to learn about where they come from and make real sister connections