Episode 067

Dr. Nothabo Ncube

Allow Your Light to Shine

May 19, 2019

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Episode Overview

“At the core of each and every woman in this room (and men too), we’re all yearning to be seen for who we truly are.”

– Dr. Nothabo Ncube

You may recognize Dr. Nothabo Ncube as a previous guest on NDINI.  We featured an interview with this inspiring International Speaker and Coach in Episode 39.   She shared her remarkable story of making this promise at 14 years old as she stood at her mother’s graveside – “I will fulfill my ambition. I will try by all means, and I will strive to be a doctor, mama.” This promise ultimately became the guiding light for her journey to becoming a doctor.

In 2006, Nothabo and her family moved to Canada. They settled Regent Park, which provided accommodation for low-income families.  Dr. Thabo recounts how life was incredibly challenging, and how she often wishes her mother was still alive. Given her circumstances and surroundings, Dr. Thabo could have easily been led astray.  But she was committed to honoring her promise. With financial assistance from Pathways to Education, which is an organization that provides educational financial assistance for low-income youth, Dr. Thabo was able to get an undergraduate degree from one of Canada’s top universities.  

“When you have an intention, the universe will meet you right where you are and support the unfolding of your story and your journey.”

– Dr. Nothabo Ncube.

Dr. Thabo was accepted into medical school, but with no additional funding available to her, she saw her dream of becoming a doctor rapidly start to fade.  A chance opportunity to attend a taping of Oprah Winfrey’s ‘Life Class’ was what Dr. Thabo needed to reinvigorate her in her quest to go to medical school. Not long after, Dr. Thabo was gifted $10,000 by a hairdresser she barely knew, but who was inspired by hearing Dr. Thabo’s story.  

“I’ve never understood why I’ve been guided in this way, but maybe it was so that one day I’ll be using my voice to remind other people that they have what it takes to rise.”

– Dr. Nothabo Ncube

Dr. Thabo fulfilled the promise to her mother to become a doctor, but she has since found what she believes is her bigger purpose and calling.  She is now a motivational speaker and coach empowering people through her story and experiences.

“When you allow the light to shine, you unconsciously give permission for other women to do the same.”

– Dr. Nothabo Ncube

what you’ll learn in this episode

  • How a promise at her mother’s graveside defined the trajectory of Dr. Thabo’s life
  • Why she believes that losing her mother at just 14 years old was a ‘gift’
  • What Dr. Thabo says we are all yearning for
  • The great gift she received from attending Oprah’s Life Class
  • Why Dr. Thabo believes it is her obligation to share her story


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