A physically disabled Zimbabwean woman, Sinikiwe Kademaunga has announced that she is expecting her first child with her partner.
Kademaunga, 26, who was born without hands, knees and feet, took to Instagram to share photos of her burgeoning baby bump.
“Hey guys. I cant believe i am going to be a whole mom, a whole mom guys. How great is God. 2020 was such a difficult year but God gave me a comforter, a blessing, a bestfriend and my pride. I know this child is going to be nothing but a blessing to us (dad and I) and generations to come. I cant wait to hold, kiss, touch, feel, smell you. I am so grateful.
Now i can post my full body pics in peace.” she wrote.
Kademaunga, who is currently making waves as a motivational speaker, said life was not easy for her while growing up.
“When I was born it was very hard for my family to accept that I was born with a disability because at that time when a child was born with a disability, it was considered to be a curse from God,” she said.
Kademauga manages to do her own and others’ makeup and hair without hands using just her arms, which end at the elbow. She said once she decided to love, accept and be kind to herself the rest followed.
“I want to say to all people living with disabilities believe in yourself. You are magic. You are exceptional and wonderful with whatever disability that you have. You are just beautiful in your own way. Believe in yourself, don’t let the world define you, or tear you down. Whatever dream that you have, somebody out there needs you, go out there fly high.” she said.
Kademaunga, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from University of Cape Town, in 2020, launched her company SK, that specialises in motivational speaking and personal development.
Kademaunga said she understands reasons that drive people living with disabilities onto the streets to beg for alms.
“For us people living with disability, it is hard out there to compete with able bodied people. Looking for jobs and other opportunities. But I want to say to those people (living with disabilities), keep on working hard, it’s not the end of the world because you are living with disability and never look down upon yourself.”
Kademaunga, who calls herself “The Confidence Coach” said she has no regrets in life.
“Everything that has happened in my life, I take it as a learning opportunity. I take it as a learning curve that has led me to be the person I am now,” she said.
In 2016, she received recognition for her courage to confront her disability at Zimbabwe’s International Women’s Awards.