South African media personality, Ntando Duma, has been consistently praised for how she has raised her three-year-old daughter, Sbahle. Aside from the toddler being well-spoken, she has also shown knowledge far beyond her years and is even capable of speaking five languages. In a Tweet yesterday, 12 November 2020, Ntando shared that her baby girl was learning her sixth language- Portuguese.
She stated, “Sbahle started learning Portuguese and sifile u “Obrigado Mae” after every compliment.” Whilst there were many tweets complimenting her parenting skills, one troll in particular mentioned that although she is capable of speaking in various languages, he has never heard her speaking in her mother tongue. He stated, “She's da black beautiful smart ship. Mara why haven't I heard Sba talking her mother tongue dou Triangular flag on post.”, Ntando didn’t have time for his nonsense and clapped back with, “Awudingi but ke FYI she speaks five different SA languages and started learning Portuguese from her nanny... does that make you happy Mr?”.
Sifting through her responses, Ntando was made aware of a beautiful compliment sent by Nozi Qamngana-Mayaba which stated, “You have probably heard this a million times. But let me say it again. I'm so inspired by how you're raising your daughter. So so inspired and proud. That little one is a genius and the support you continue to show her is incredible. You are doing so well man Mami.”
Taken aback by the kind words, Ntando responded with, “Sis Nozi. Thank you so much. I never ever get use to these incredibly overwhelming compliments I’m receiving on a daily cause I never expect them, as what I’m doing is MY responsibility as a mother but to know that someone else is positively impacted. It makes me so happy.”
Ntando recently showcased the genius that is her daughter in an Instagram post this past weekend. The two are now the ambassadors for the “Grow Great Campaign.” Ntando explained the purpose of the initiative by writing that:
“People often compliment Sbahle how smart she is, and ask how I did it. I was lucky that I started reading to Sbahle since I was pregnant. Babies who were read to as new-borns have a larger vocabulary, as well as more advanced mathematical skills, than other kids their age. It is never too early to start reading for your baby. Start today.”
And the video than provides receipts for the why it is important to do so. Sbahle did not only recognize the numbers, but could also name the objects she saw in the book. The video continues the conversation and marvel on how smart the little toddler is. One person that marvelled not only on the smarts of the little but the mothering skills by Ntando was Bridgette MasingaPicture credit: Instagram