By: Pamela Mkhize
The World Changer- Malibongwe Xaba
Malibongwe Xaba is an ordinary young man with an extraordinary vision from Lindelani Township in Durban. He is an energetic, inspirational speaker, and author of All things are Possible and Born to leave a legacy. Xaba, who has worked with young people from all over the world has really proven that “All things are possible’”.
Being a One Young World Ambassador has given him lifetime opportunities to share an international stage with the likes of Mary Robinson (Ireland first Women president), Kofi Annan and Sir Bob Geldof in Dublin, Ireland.
Has public speaking/motivational speaking always been your passion?
I wanted to be a computer engineer but due to lack of funds I didn’t manage to take that path. Motivational speaking started at church, The Salvation Army where I would get opportunities to preach and that was when I realized my gift. I have looked back since 2006.
What inspires you?
To see someone succeed is what inspires me. I may not be millionaire but I am creating millionaires.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Ambitious, Dreamer, Go-getter.
Greatest achievements for the year 2015
Being nominated for Young South African of the year and Named as Mail and Guardian top 200 young South African. Biggest one has to be me speaking at Viewpoint High School in Los Angeles in the United State of America.
Do you have bigger plans for 2016?
Traveling around South Africa impacting Young people on a campaign called Building Dreams across South Africa in 90 days…
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Changing the world
Words of wisdom to other young people?
Don’t judge yourself because of your current situation…
Surround yourself with people intent on building you up. Let go of anyone who wants to tear you down. You are worth so much more than that. Now is the time to lean on your friends and family and find strength and inspiration in all of those who hold you up, as they will not allow you to fall down. Now is the time to empower yourself and realize how strong you are! Bear in mind that just because I am from a disadvantage community doesn’t mean I am disadvantaged.