AMONGE SINXOTO: A YOUTH INFLUENCER WHO’S STIMULATING IMPORTANT CONVERSATIONS
The 20-year-young activist and speaker Amonge Sinxoto is also an entrepreneur, global teen leader of 2019 and co-founder of NPO Blackboard Africa.
After growing tired of how African voices were being portrayed, Amonge Sinxoto decided to take matters into her own hands. Realising the critical role the youth could play in changing narratives she set up a platform called Blackboard Africa to encourage new ways of looking at the world.
Her work has been shared with major global players including TED Talks, Breaking Down Borders Africa, Google, Michelle Obama’s Black Girls Rock and UNICEF’s Voices of Youth.
We spend a day with the inspiring youth to find out more about what inspires her social impact and where she finds her strength.
Q&A WITH AMONGE
What legacy would you like to leave behind?
“I’ve always believed it’s not about leaving a legacy, it’s about living a legacy. You can only leave a legacy if you adhere to the values you wish to leave behind. Leadership is a collaborative effort. Legacy is often only attributed to one person, what I want to live and to leave is a legacy of collective leadership.”
What 2 valuable lessons would you like to share with South Africa?
“We tend to forget that baby steps still move us forward. Don’t be concerned about the pace, but rather the direction. Secondly, stay in alignment with your assignment. Meaning follow your purpose and take no heed to anything that doesn’t align with that purpose.”
Do you have an encouraging quote for us?
“When I dream of success it doesn’t look like money. It looks like Impact.”
Are there any last comments you’d like to add?
“Fearlessly chase your Dreams!”