ABUNDANCE THROUGH ADVERSITY: OPRAH’S MENTEE JOINS HPU
A Dream Come True!
There’s sunlight streaming through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows of Cottrell Hall’s International Concourse, where Mpumi Nobiva has set up shop to start her day.
With her laptop, phone and bag full of textbooks, she looks like other college students at High Point University with project deadlines. But talk to her, and layers of an unexpected story start to emerge.
Her South African accent is both beautiful and noticeable on this North Carolina campus. So are the conversations she has with friends who pass by when names like Oprah Winfrey or places like Washington, D.C. pop up.
And there’s her Starbucks order – the Oprah Cinnamon Chai Tea Latte.
It’s almost always the same, and it’s more than a caffeine boost. Proceeds from the drink help fund the school she graduated from in South Africa. It’s called the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, and it changed her life.
The school helped her rise from poverty and losing her mother to HIV/AIDS, to coming the United States for college and working toward her master’s degree in strategic communication at HPU. And it taught her how to share a painful past in a way that makes a difference.
“I’ve realized that no one else in this world has your journey and your story except you,” says Nobiva. “And even though it’s our currency, the thing we have that’s most valuable to share, some people are afraid to use it. But surely we went through our pain so that somebody else would not have to go through it.