K Naomi has had a year filled with highs and lows, but we are confident she is breathing a lot easier after getting out of one of the biggest hurdles towards financial freedom for academics - tuition debt.
The presenter graduated in 2017 with a degree in Brand Building and Management and even back then, you could tell what it meant to her to reach the end of this academic journey. At the time, she dedicated her emotional graduation to her late mother (while also praising her supportive sister) who gave her the motivation to keep going.
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Hey I'm A Graduate! 👩🏽🎓💛✨ My Queen this one's for you! Two days before I lost my mom, she asked my sister to please make sure I study and have something to fall back on. 3 years of studying Full time and an extra year to repeat a module. 3years of sacrificing the things I enjoy and working on my career. 3 years that I can confidently say were my toughest years...having to adjust in so many ways. 3years that contributed to the woman I've become. Glad to say I'm a graduate and super proud of myself but more than anything I know my mom is definitely happy where she is! My sister made this possible, I actually don't know where I would be without her. So a big S/O to her actually...my pillar! Sooooo BLESSED damn! This is black girl magic!
While she might have finally been done with her studies, she certainly wasn’t done paying for them. In South Africa, the high price of education remains one of the biggest barriers for a lot of people and even those who can access it, often do so at a big cost. K Naomi is one (celebrities aren’t immune from high tuition, you know!). But on Saturday she breathed a huge sigh of relief as she tweeted that she had finally overcome her debt burden by paying off her student loan:
I’VE OFFICIALLY PAID OFF MY STUDENT LOAN!🙌🏽♥️💃🏽— K Naomi👑 (@KNaomi_N) December 1, 2018
Her mentions were filled with congratulations, while others shared their own struggles with tuition debt:
And I literally just started paying mine this month. I won’t lie, it looks like a really steep mountain to climb, but seeing your tweet just gave me hope— Just Nuubi (@JustNuubi) December 2, 2018
R25 789 TO GO. The day I finish paying am going to celebrate— Keriokers Modise (@keriokerskayza_) December 1, 2018
70k to go for me😢😢😢— Lebo Sebako (@Borndaque) December 1, 2018
These testimonies, including Naomi’s, are evidence of why the #FeesMustFall protests of recent years have been crucial to the future of South African students.
Main Image Credit: Instagram/@knaomin