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Kelebogile Lebo Ramokgopa (Rakhudu) is a marketing academic and life coach who was born in Lebowakgomo in Limpopo Province, South Africa. She is a mother, daughter, sister and friend to a loving tribe of people. Kelebogile is a lover of life and as career driven as she is, she is a free spirit at heart who is committed to lifelong learning and continuously improving herself and those around her.

Lebo shared with when she discovered her gift of life coaching. She has always loved working with people and was blessed to be in a job, which allows her to work with people. She then decided to become a life coach at the age of 32, after going through a traumatic and life-changing event in her life, as part of her healing journey. Lebo said we face traumas and in the midst of the storm, we realize that we are not alone in this and that; many other people also face similar traumatic events. It is through that epiphany, she felt if she can heal and restore herself, which is work in progress and a never-ending process. She could also work with assisting other people.

Her love and passion for working with people and helping to develop people has led her to understanding her gift for coaching as well as aligning with it. Life coaching is a very personal process which requires one to be authentic in their approach to life, as you are not only dealing with yourself, but you are dealing with people’s very intricate and personal journeys. Lebo loves seeing people grow and develop to being the best version of themselves, and she’s humbled to always be invited to work with people, because it’s a trust factor. For Lebo to have reached this point, she had to really be true to herself and work on herself, so that she is able to coach from an authentic and real point of view.

Lebo loves this quote by Shakti Gawain which gives insight to where her passion and love for coaching stems from:

“My primary relationship is with myself- all others are mirrors of it. As I learn to love myself, I automatically receive the love and appreciation that I desire from others. If I am committed to myself and to living my truth, I will attract others with equal commitment. My willingness to be intimate with my own deep feelings creates the space for intimacy with another.”-Shakti Gawain

Lebo shares her life changing moment with us, that one moment that completely changed everything for the better. We call it the U-TURN moment in her life.

Motherhood completely changed my life for the better. It is an important milestone, as it has really helped shape my purpose and me, an individual. I will never forget the day I found out that I was pregnant with my daughter, and the emotions, which came with the revelation. The pregnancy journey was also a very interesting one, which I will always be grateful for because it has really taught me so much about myself and my tribe. The day I birthed her into this world was also life changing, and it is a moment I will never take for granted.

I am enjoying the milestones that come with being a mother, the lessons, moments and reflections. I am always challenged to become a better version of myself, because I always say, there is a special little girl, who is watching me. I love the fact that my daughter is very outspoken, is not afraid to voice out her concerns, and reprimand me where she feels I am not doing right. I love how she is appreciative of the little things and has such an empathetic, fierce soul in her.

I never anticipated to become a mother in my twenties, as I was so career driven and was focused on building myself and smashing my goals, but God had other plans, and the plans were beautiful ones. My daughter is by God’s design. She is God’s love personified. I look at her each and every day and give praise to God for His existence. I still cannot believe that I conceived and birthed such a beautiful human being. Trust me, seven (7) years later, I am still in awe. I cannot wait to add on to my nest.

This song by Yahzarah – Love Come Save the Day – is a perfect description of my pregnancy and journey as a mother.

Lebo’s words of wisdom to uplift us as Africans in this pandemic we are facing.

We need to embrace out identities as Africans, as well as the diversity that we embody. In the midst of the times, which we are currently living in, a lot is being revealed to us, there are some harsh realities, inequalities and realizations. In the midst of all of these revelations, we as African’s need to stand together and become more united, instead of fighting against each other and validating narratives which have been created about us. It starts with being kind to yourself, and living your truth, then spreading that kindness to other people around you.

It doesn’t take anything away from you to tell a person that they are awesome, that they are doing well and that you are proud of them. We need more positive energy, affirmations and kindness in the world right now. We need to bring back humanity, positivity and the spirit of wellness in ourselves and to each other.

Let’s use this pandemic as an opportunity to restore faith in ourselves and into each other, which has been eroded over the years.

Let’s also use this pandemic as an opportunity to create awareness on mental health. Mental health is also a very important issue for me, especially as a black woman, who understands the stigma which comes with mental health issues in our communities. I speak to a lot of my closest friends and family about it because this pandemic has brought upon so much anxiety, fears and uncertainty which trigger depression, suicide and also abuse. We need to normalize that these are conditions which affect all of us, and suffering from these  doesn’t make you an abnormal person. We are human after all right?

It is important to really bring these conversations to our circles, and to normalize these conversations, for the sake of our survival and for the sake of humanity.

Let’s be real to ourselves and to each other. Let’s bask in our potential and our gifts which we can use to touch people’s lives and empower others.

This song by one of my favourite bands, The Brand New Heavies affirms my belief in people and their potential.

You’re the future, and you’ve come for what is yours

The hidden treasure, locked behind the hidden doors

And the promise of a day that’s shiny new

Only a dreamer, could afford this point of view

But you’re a driver, not a passenger in life

And if you’re ready, you won’t have to try cause

You are the Universe

And there ain’t nothin’ you can’t do

If you conceive it, you can achieve it

That’s why, I believe in you, yes I do

You’re a winner, so do what you came here for

The secret weapon, isn’t secret anymore

You’re a driver, never passenger in life

And when you’re ready, you won’t have to try cause

You are the Universe

And there ain’t nothin’ you can’t do

If you conceive it, you can achieve it

That’s why, I believe in you, yes I do

You are the Universe

And there ain’t nothin’ you can’t be

If you conceive it, you can achieve it

That’s why, I believe in you, and I believe in me

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