Diagnosed with HIV in 2013, Nozibele faced her
hardest decision of maintaining her “good girl” image while
hiding her secret from her staunch Christian family. Six years after her diagnosis, she finally found the courage to publicly disclose her HIV status and use her own story to inspire, engage and educate others on issues relating to health and HIV.
With a YouTube channel with over 80 000 subscribers and +3 million views; Nozibele has made it her mission to hold open conversations about her journey living with HIV. Her YouTube channel was named by Feedspot as one of the Top 15 HIV YouTube channels on the web.
The unstoppable Nozibele has launched her book- I Am Still Me - and is fast becoming a best seller having sold over 2000 copies since the launch in April 2020.
Nozibele has received noteworthy accolades, like the Nelson Mandela Business Chamber Top 40 under 40 achiever recognition, a Businesswoman Association of South Africa Regional Achievers Award, a Fruits of Democracy Award winner (civil society), a Vision4Women "Beyond the Balance Sheet" award finalist and South African International Youth Committee Ambassador.
She is a development activist, often travelling the world - advocating for a holistic approach when it comes to people development, especially youth. Through the vocational training program, she has placed out of school youth in jobs. Through her work experience; she has created relationships with external partners to train candidates further and provide them with employment. In 2017 and 2018, she represented South Africa at the World Youth Conference in Belize and Egypt.
Nozibele holds a National Diploma in Marketing, Bachelor of Technology in Marketing and a BA Honours Degree in Development studies.
With her husband, Sikhumbuzo Mayaba, they openly share their interesting, and at times funny, journey being in an HIV mixed status marriage.
YouTube Channel link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8fgMkv7tBqbwdyOzEXqdOQ/featured
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