From humble beginnings, 24-year-old Natasha Siku has risen to become a force to reckon with. She is not afraid to challenge and has, on many occasions, defied the odds. She took up Table Tennis and managed to penetrate the tough United States Circuit, WRITES DAVE BAAITSE.
Natasha Siku has used her own story and developed as a motivational speaker. Her abilities as a power speaker have opened countless doors for her and she is following her dreams and fulfilling her purpose in life.
She recently returned from Mexico where she did a spell lecturing, networking and sharing life’s experiences. Now, she is in Sweden doing what she does best and this comes after visits to the New York Stock Exchange –a place she never dreamt she would grace. Seven years ago, it was all a dream that started on the streets of Taung, Tlokweng and on the tennis courts of Notwane. Her humble dream was to play college tennis in America. Of course, it was challenging, almost impossible, given the odds were against her in a country where tennis is expensive and hardly a national sport.
She sincerely believes that she has managed through the grace of God. The God fearing woman got her first invitation to speak at the beginning of this year, and that is when she visited Mexico, a rare opportunity for a girl, who had but a dream. Today, Siku is proud because she did not despair when she did not secure a sponsorship to live her dreams back in the day, instead she soldiered on and was able to get it outside the country and eventually settling in the US. She later founded her foundation ‘Opportunities Without Borders;’ an organisation that aims to bridge the gap in post- Secondary opportunities for youth in Botswana and those in the US and other parts of the world.
She has since been giving motivational talks, sharing her experiences of the tennis court and as a successful college tennis player in America. The Maun born lass is one of a few who have made it without government support. She has shared her story with students in Botswana during her visit in 2015. She was recently in Sweden carrying out her mission. “Leave great footprints wherever you go and be remembered for the change you initiated”, she told the crowd in Sweden.
Siku confesses that she used to be afraid of what other people thought, how they would react to her decisions and she had a tremendous fear of failure. “Once I learned to get over my fears, my life changed. I now drive harder towards my fears and have become fearless. Don't let fear hold you back, it's a made up of emotion that causes people to become paralyzed. When you learn to face your fears, you'll be able to achieve anything you want in this life,” she said.
While she said she had had many doors closed to her face, and gotten used to rejection, she admits that she always had the urge to go on despite the circumstances. Her persistence, she conceded, led her to where she is today; she had arrived at a stage where she was numb to rejection. She compares her life to a beautiful butterfly which emerged from a caterpillar which was rejected by everyone, now being appreciated by everyone. She is now even more determined to continue working hard and looking for more opportunities.
Siku has been nominated at the Botswana Youth Awards 2017 under the category Botswana Youth Tackling Global Issues (BYTG). The awards will be held under the theme ‘The possible dream, embracing tomorrow’. The award is given to a young Motswana who has made a positive impact to their communities.
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On Saturday 29 October 2022 (11:00- 15:00) Bash Connektor will be presenting their 1st TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch which will be hosted by Basadi’Bash’Masimolole. Tatso. A Setswana word. Taste .Tatso / ta-tso/. verb.
The Brunch will be held at Myhomecafe by Mogobane Dam and tickets are selling at P650 per person. Only 50 tickets available and sold through pre-booking. The value of the offering will be a brunch meal + bottomless mimosas + connekting conversations that matter with leading women in corporate and entrepreneurship. This is an inspirational / empowerment connekting session for Women.
Bash Connektor is a Marketing Company with a twist founded in March 2022 by Basadi Bash Masimolole who has 15 years plus Marketing Experience. The INTENT of Bash Connektor is to Link People, Experiences, and Brands. The K instead of C is INTENTIONAL. We are all about contributing towards AMPLIFYING brand and country messages through curating experiential offerings and connekting conversations that matter, said Basadi Masimolole.
With a sponsor or funding, Basadi Masimolole’s ultimate goal is to have visual podcasts and empowerment connektor sessions at villages as part of cultural tourism and contributing towards the Botswana Government’s Rural Areas Development Program (RADP).
Individuals interested in purchasing the limited number tickets or Brands interested in participating on the TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch through sponsorships/ brand placement opportunities can reach Basadi’Bash’Masimolole on +267 7140 6660 / email@example.com / Bash Connektor Facebook page.