Diagnosed with HIV in 2013, Nozibele Qamngana Mayaba faced her hardest decision of maintaining her “good girl” image while hiding her secret from her staunch Christian family…
Six years after her diagnosis, she finally found the courage to publicly disclose her HIV status and use her own story to inspire, engage and educate others on issues relating to health and HIV.
With a YouTube channel with almost 50 000 subscribers and 1.9 million views; Nozibele has made it her mission to hold open conversations about her journey living with HIV.
With her husband, Sikhumbuzo Mayaba, they share their interesting (and at times funny) journey of living positively as an HIV mixed status couple. The channel was named by FeedSpot as one of the Top 15 HIV YouTube channels on the web, in 2020.
“I Am Still Me”
The unstoppable Nozibele has launched her book- I Am Still Me – and is fast becoming a best seller having sold over a 1300 copies since the launch in May 2020. The book is a combination of stories that have shaped the Nozibele we see today. Born as a result of an affair and raised by a single mother, who mopped the corridors of a TB hospital, she details the hardships of trying to navigate life as an “illegitimate” child.
Nozibele has received noteworthy accolades, like the Nelson Mandela Business Chamber Top 40 under 40 achiever recognition, a Businesswoman Association of South Africa Regional Achievers Award, a Fruits of Democracy Award winner (civil society), a Vision4Women “Beyond the Balance Sheet” award finalist and South African International Youth Committee Ambassador.
She is a development activist, often travelling the world – advocating for a holistic approach when it comes to people development, especially youth.
Through the vocational training programme, she has placed out of school youth in jobs. Through her work experience; she has created relationships with external partners to train candidates further and provide them with employment. In 2017 and 2018, she represented South Africa at the World Youth Conference in Belize and Egypt.
For more on her inspiring YouTube channel, see below: