Meet Noma

2022 Friendship Games Ambassador from South Africa

July 24, 2022

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My name is Nomacebo, but you know, it’s a little difficult for some people to pronounce it properly, so my friends call me Noma. I live with my grandmother in Umlazi, and it does get tough to be honest, but things like PeacePlayers keep me going and I’ve made it so far that I’m the Head Deputy Program at my school (a type of student supervisor). Where I live, you can get exposed to lots of different talents, lots of dancers, lots of music artists, such as myself. I’m also a musician — hip hop all the way. I rap and I go by the name N. Code. But I’m always indoors, because it’s not that safe, to be honest, and there’s a lot of gun violence.

Q: What's the one thing that you'd want people to know about you?

That I am a hip hop artist.

Q: Do you have a special talent that most people don't know about?

I’m a dancer. Not a lot of people know that about me, and I’m also good in poetry. And I can draw - I draw anime.

Q: Who's your hero? Why?

It’s my mother. My mother has sacrificed so much for me. She’s been with me through it all, and she’s so patient with me. She bends over backwards just to help me and to get me through whatever I’m going through, to calm me down and find solutions to my problems, and get through life. She is my pillar when I am weak and my muse when I am in search of inspiration, and she's my best friend!!

Q: What do you think are the most important attributes of a leader?

Good listening skills, that’s number one for me. And being open minded. Being keen on understanding other people’s views, other people’s needs and how they feel about certain things. And having the ability to solve those problems and put it together for everyone so that it benefits everyone. That has worked for me.

Q: What are you most looking forward to about Friendship Games?

I’m looking forward to the cuisine and most importantly, the PeacePlayers family from other sites that I’m going to meet.

Q: Will it be your first time on an airplane? In another country? If so, what are you looking forward to about visiting another country? How do you feel about traveling abroad without your family?

Yes, it’s my first time. I’m most looking forward to the food! And the change of scenery, to see how other people are living, the things they do on a daily basis, and all their cultures and the things they find important, you know? Special things about their country. To be honest, I’m not scared at all. I’m so excited. You know, I love my family and all, but sometimes you gotta say BYE!

Q: Is there anything you're nervous or unsure about going to the Friendship Games?

There’s nothing I’m nervous about, to be honest. I’m so excited. I can’t wait, I really can’t wait.

Q: Why do you think PeacePlayers wants to bring together 130 young people from around the world?

I've witnessed this - it can break a whole lot of barriers between the youth, between us. Barriers of language, barriers of race, and all of the stereotypes that have been a part of our lives for so long. Like, I’ve witnessed this with PeacePlayers. So, that’s the aim – change and betterment.

Q: If you could do anything you wanted when you grew up, what would it be/what's your biggest dream for the future - for yourself, for your family, for your community?

I so definitely want to travel… to the USA, Tokyo – yes, I want to go to Japan, China… Europe, all of that. And also, getting a degree in engineering, furthering my studies.

Q: What's it like in your city/town/neighborhood? How would you describe it to someone who's never been there?

There are a lot of talented people who are driven and ambitious.

Q: If you could time travel for one hour, where would you go? What would you do?

I’d travel to the future and see how things are, so I’ll know what to and what not to do now.

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