Article source: JOY! Magazine

Humble, sweet, and hardworking – Tumelo is a 26-year-old lady who was raised in a small town in South Africa and is now conquering the world, day by day. She is fun, God-fearing, and bubbly. Tumi is sometimes considered shy, but once you get to know her, she’s an extrovert. She is a full-time Account Manager, part-time model, content creator, and pageant owner/coach/mentor. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, travelling, shopping, and watching series. With over 10 years’ pageantry experience, work experience in radio, social media, and marketing, this has shaped her to be the woman she is today – boldly giving all glory to the Father!

Tumi Matela

Q. Tumi, when did you give your life to the Lord?
Growing up in a Christian home, I was raised to serve God (although the decision was not always my own). I grew up attending church, but had never made the personal decision to dedicate my life to Christ. My life changed dramatically in 2015 when I gave my heart to Jesus. I got saved and baptised, and my life has never been the same!

Q. You are not shy to share about your spiritual journey and how hope has carried you through your life. How have you stood firm when seasons may have seemed hopeless?
Honestly, it’s not an easy journey. There have been ups and downs. And I think Jesus understands that. It’s okay to feel down and out and have your doubts here and there. As soon as you’re done embracing your emotions, make sure you go down on your knees to pray and worship. During the tough times, worship Him and remind yourself of the things He has done for you, and how He has led you to be where you are. In a nutshell, worship and family have helped me stay firm in tough times.

“Embrace who you are, because you are wonderfully and fearfully made.”

Tumi Matela

Q You are passionate about inspiring others. Where does this passion come from?
I’ve seen what confidence, celebrating my uniqueness, and finding my voice has done for me! And I want the same feeling and experience to be shared with other ladies. It empowers you to go out there and do whatever your heart desires, and to be able to do it fearlessly. I love to help others and empower them to be all that they were created to be!

Q. So often in society we see women trying to be someone who they aren’t to please others. What advice do you have for young women to be authentic and to love their true selves?
Imagine if we lived in a world where we were all the same, how would it make our life’s experiences special? Being you makes you special, being you makes you stand out from the rest. You were created in this form for a reason, embrace it! As a beauty pageant model, the advice I would give to the ladies going forward is to go after whatever they want with drive, passion, and stamina. You must also have a serving heart, be easy to relate to, generous, and passionate about empowering other women and girls. I believe that identity is one of the biggest challenges that South African women face, especially with social media, to a large extent, dictating who we are supposed to be, but not who we really are. I would caution you to use social media carefully and to keep things in perspective. We can be quick to judge each other. I would encourage you to listen to each other instead. We as women must come together and really listen to each other, support each other, and embrace each other’s stories. That’s what creates power and that is how we will see change.

Q. You are currently an ambassador for BIC Soleil, what does this entail?
My purpose as a BIC Soleil ambassador is to empower young women to be the highest and truest versions of themselves, using this platform to reach more women, which I could not do on my own! And I love enjoying the amazing gifts and features we get from BIC, haha!

Tumi Matela

Q. Do you have any mentors?
I personally draw inspiration from the many different women around me, I feel each woman’s story shares an inspiration that we can draw from. For example, Bonang, Michelle Obama, Lerato Kganyago, my sister Nthabeleng Matela, Kefilwe Mabote, and many more. My journey with Rorisang Thandekiso, a beautiful media personality in South Africa who is not shy to speak about her journey of faith and her trust in God, has been enlightening for me. She has been helping me to see things from a different angle and to question how and why I do things in life, and this will only help me to grow. I was impressed and motivated by Rorisang to not water God down in my life, but to be my true self – even in the limelight.

“Praise Him through the good and bad times. Your life is a daily testimony.”

Tumi Matela

Q. Do you have any advice or words of wisdom to share with our readers?
PRAY, PRAY, PRAY, and never stop PRAYING! Praise Him through the good and bad times. Your life is a daily testimony – embrace it! As women, we should believe in ourselves because this gives us the ability to be powerful, to be fearless, and to create a force of women who can change the world and have real impact on our communities. Just embrace who you are, because you are wonderfully and fearfully made in the image of God, and that’s what will help you boost your confidence.

Q. How can our readers follow your journey?
I am on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! Follow me
@tumelomatela. For event bookings or for a guest speaker, you can email info@tumelomatela.co.za or call 083 385 8160.

Tumi Matela

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Date published: 26/08/2021

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