Only 33, I feel that I have achieved most of what my peers aspire, said Mrs SA United Nation 2020
Full name: Lebogang Nakana
Likes: traveling, good food, quality time with family,
Modelling, exercising and taking care of myself.
Dislikes: waking up too early
Please tell us about yourself.
It has been my realisation through my journey and transformation that a woman’s strength is never depleted especially if it’s for a good course. My name is Lebogang Nakana. I’m 33 years old, happily married for 7 years and we have been blessed with a beautiful 4-year-old daughter. And I love God and believe in Life with Him. I have 3 siblings, one older sister and two younger sisters, and I have been very fortunate to still have both my parents alive. I was brought up in a Christian family, my parents are active ministers of the Word of God. Both my parents have really been a blessing and inspiration to me. I don’t know how many business ideas I’ve shared with them, and not once have they criticized the ideas that I came with, no matter how small the idea was but instead they would encourage me to do them, and those that never came to fruition they would remind me of them.
I grew up in Mmabatho/Mafikeng which is in the North West. I went to Connie Minchin Primary School then later went to Mmabatho High School where I completed my Matric. I have recently relocated to Rustenburg in the North West Province. I am a Senior Instrument Technician with a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering acquired from the Tshwane University of Technology.
I got my first job as a Trainee Technician in a cement plant in Pretoria where I got a top recognition award for having represented my plant on a National level. And being in a male dominated field, this surprised many and proved that the field of Electrical Engineering is not about gender but it’s all about consistency and hard work. More especially with the trade that I’m in which is regarded as a special/scarce skill and there women are very few and being a woman in that trade really puts the ball in my court and shows how very important my role is especially in our generation.
I have done a lot of voluntary work in the church ministry I’m a Setswana translator for a teenager’s devotional book which I have been doing for more than 5 years. In 2019 I decided to be involved in other charity organizations where I was working alongside Benoni Life Choices which is an NGO for pregnant and nursing moms, where I assisted in getting donations, food items and clothing items. With my technical and programming background I was also involved in the Tshala Foundation which is an NPO for teaching grade 4 – grade 7 learners how to build and program their own robot. The aim of Tshala foundation is to help encourage the less privileged children to have confidence in the field of engineering.
At only 33, I feel that I have achieved most of what my peers aspire for, but my journey will never be finished before I touch a million lives. My purpose is to continue making a difference in other people’s lives including the less privileged now and, in the years, to come. I want to live my own legacy.
Please share with us an experience that almost destroyed you, an experience that almost cost you your life, however you decided to go out there and Fetch Your Life
Choices can make or break one’s life. As a young matriculated and first time at varsity far from parents’ guidance, I had an opportunity to follow the masses by getting involved in all busy activities that run till late nights. I however told myself that will not be the life I choose, and I am grateful today when I look back at how some of my peers who heavily got involved turned out to be today.
How has this experience impacted your life?
Showed me that life is not only about reckless living without purpose and direction.
Do you think that had it not been for this experience you would have become the person you are?
I believe we get exposed to all manner of seasons to shape our tomorrow. I am glad most of my choices had a purpose and some level of aim towards a certain mark
What advise do you have for someone that has been through the same experience?
Our lives are about choices, whatever choice you make you will have to carry the consequences. Some life experiences prepare you for future opportunities which should make you make wiser choices
What does women Empowerment mean to you?
I believe we were all created for different purposes most of which involve recognition and seeking ways to empower and uplift others. And if those empowered use the same advantage to help those with lesser access than them to change their own situations, I can only imagine the ripple effect. That will be my dream come true. I enjoy motivating and helping a lot of women by helping to change their mindset and to believe in themselves. I fully believe that we oversee your destinies and that having the right mindset will attract all that you need and that is what I try to share with other women.
Tell us about your Skincare products
Lebo N Skincare products are products for both male and female which target all skin types, uneven and problematic skin. Our aim is to help target those issues to help give you great, beautiful and glowing skin. Even those with good skin can use our products to help maintain their great skin. A lot of people dealing with low self-esteem is caused by having bad skin conditions and with Lebo N Skincare we are trying to help eliminate that by creating products that will help minimise and eliminate those skin conditions and give them great skin and help bring their confidence back.
Our face care range has the following: pimple and acne soap, toner and face cream.
Our body care range has the following: shower gel and body lotion.
We use safe and effective skincare ingredients like Alpha Arbutin, Liquorice, Vitamin C, Kojic Acid, Glutathione, Glycerine and Essential oils.
For more info and enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
What inspired you to start skincare products?
As a child growing up, I used to suffer a lot with skin rashes on my face and that used to bother me a lot. My mom would take me to so many Drs and they’d give me so many ointments to apply on my face, but they never worked. So, this caused me to be more curious about the facial skin and I ended up reading more about skin conditions, skin products etc. And all this reading and made me to be more passionate and knowledgeable about skincare, skincare tips including skincare DIYs. I remember the person who I would try all these skincare tips on was my mom. And she’d always tell me that she saw the results, So I think that is what made me to believe that surely these were working. Starting my own skincare wasn’t in my mind yet but I knew I had a passion for skincare. Later as I grew up that’s when the thought and idea of starting my own skincare started but the only thing that was holding me back was the thought that it would not be possible, but my dream and passion was always there. Then late last year 2020 I then decided to become a brand affiliate and focus on skincare. I was very excited about that venture and thought that I was doing something close to what I was passionate about but that’s when I realised that I just needed to take that leap of faith and build my own skincare range which is what I did and all I can say is to God be the glory for making it all possible despite the minor challenges that I had to face.
What are some of your achievements?
My brand Lebo N Skincare
Winning the title Mrs SA United Nation 2020
What should we expect from you in 2021?
My focus this year is to build and grow my brand which in turn will also help inspire someone out there to believe in them self. And to also continue touching and inspiring lives.
What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
My aim is to help people reach their full potential and make things happen for themselves without having to rely on others for everything. There is a seed of greatness in each and every one of us and it is up to each individual to realise that potential by challenging themselves a little more.
Facebook: lebogang nakana
Name of the Photographer and other credits: Tinashe Kanyoli