Zoleka Mandela is graduating from university after 17 years. Yup you heard right… 17 years!
Zoleka first enrolled at the University of South Arica ( UNISA) in 2001, but her addiction to drugs, sex and alcohol – forced her to put her academic ambitions on the backburner until now.
Zoleka Mandela didn’t take the most direct road to getting a college degree. Unlike many other students, the mother of four underwent a difficult journey and fast forward to today after 17 years, she now holds a BA in Psychology
The granddaughter of the late Iconic hero, Nelson Mandela celebrated her graduation on March 2018 with her family and close friends.
She walked on stage after her name was called with so much pride and confidence as she was ecstatic that she finally got to don a graduation hat and gown.
Watch video of her graduation day below:
08.03.2018 … Yesterday, on the day we all celebrated International Women's Day, my Bachelor's degree in Psychology was conferred to me – I finally graduated after 17yrs since I dropped out of university due to my alcohol, sex and drug addiction. This is for women like me who have survived years of physical and sexual abuse, Breast Cancer, the tragic loss of their child or children, women like me who abused alcohol, sex and drugs for decades … Women like me who are reminders of how our pasts need not determine our present or future. Women like me who continue to thrive beyond the unimaginable and use their lives to remind other women of their own ability to change the world around them. IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO REWRITE YOUR LIFE STORY – Zoleka Mandela. #ZolekaMandela #MrsBashala #NeverTooLateToRewriteYourLifeStory #WhenHopeWhispers #ZolekaMandelaFoundation #BreastCancerSurvivor #Author #Mother #Wife #TwoTimeBreastCancerSurvivor #Activist #RecoveringAddict #LifeAfterCancer #SurvivorOfSexualAbuse #SurvivorOfPhysicalAbuse #Alcoholism #DrugAddiction #SexAddiction #Addiction #GraduationDay #UnisaStudent #InternationalWomensDay2018