#FeatureFriday: Lebohang Masango
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Lebohang Masango, also known as Nova, is a Masters candidate in Social Anthropology (at Wits University), and an author. She was fascinated with books at a very young age and she started writing her short stories while she was still at school. Being someone who is passionate about writing, she realised that the digital space is where she could express herself fully, so she started promoting her work through social media and her blog. Recently, Choma had a chat to Nova to learn more about her and her passion for writing.
Nova discovered her talent for writing at the age of 14, when her teacher gave her two books to read. She has never looked back since. She surrounded herself with other creative people who helped her discover her love for the arts, poetry, literature, and activism.
Not only is she a stellar writer, but she is also a feminist who is passionate about gender equality and sexual reproductive health rights. In 2014, she represented South Africa at the UNAIDS conference in Switzerland where she addressed sexual health concerns with global stakeholders.
Nova has been part of a few campaigns like the Zazi - Know Your Strength, which is a sexual health awareness campaign that’s rolled out in higher education institutions. She truly believes in social activism and she is #DoneWithSilence when it comes to women’s rights and their sexual health rights being violated.
When asked what she would tell her younger self, she said: “Thank you so much girl, for not being too hard on yourself when things didn’t go as planned, because, in everything you did, you sure gave your all with love and passion.”
These are the words that she lives by: “Stay low and keep firing”.
These words always remind her to stay focused, to keep doing her best and never give up!
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