MOT Youth of the Month: Patricia Africa


My name is Patricia Africa and I am currently level 3 a student at College of Cape Town, Wynberg Campus doing a course in Hairdressing.

During my
first semester at College of Cape Town this year, I was introduced to MOT. My
experience with MOT has been amazing! Not only have I been selected as a Young
MOTivator but, I’ve learned that it is important to respect yourself first
because without respect you cannot respect someone else. I’ve also learned
through the MOT core values – Courage to Live, Courage to Care and Courage to
Say No that it’s important to make a positive impact in other people’s lives as
each person carries their own load – the backpack.

When I was
younger I never understood why I wasn’t perfect enough and I always allowed
others to speak and break me down. During my high school years, I was well known
as the fat kid and I was always called bad names. It hurt my feelings and made
me have a low self-esteem. I was constantly in the office during class as I
would fight with those calling me names. I never experience being a proper
student at school as I was always picked on for being the odd one out. I was
then introduced to modelling.

Being a
model allowed me to be my true self and to not allow what others say to define
me. I’ve learned that I need to put myself first in everything that I do. And
today I can proudly say that I am smiling happily and confidently in front of cameras!

With the
help of MOT, I have gained even more confidence in myself and learned not to
discriminate others, and to include all, despite their race and if they stand
out. I’ve learned that it’s not a bad thing to stand out because being
outstanding in your own way is perfect. Knowing yourself and what you are and
your purpose in life is better than what others want for your life.

MOT is the best programme. It changed my entire life. Thank you, MOT!