My message is clear, stay encouraged and follow your dreams...

Motivational & keynote speaker, celebrated author, multiple awards winner, and youngest African author to be amongst the top 10 youngest writers in the world.

My message is clear, stay encouraged and follow your dreams...

Motivational & keynote speaker, celebrated author, multiple awards winner, and youngest African author to be amongst the top 10 youngest writers in the world.

My message is clear, stay encouraged and follow your dreams...

Motivational & keynote speaker, celebrated author, multiple awards winner, and youngest African author to be amongst the top 10 youngest writers in the world.

Biography of 9-year-old Michelle Nkamankeng

Michelle was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 23rd of December 2008. She is the third child in a family of four siblings–Sheena, Shawn, Michelle and Marion. Her parents are Paul and Lolo Nkamankeng.

Michelle started her educational life in 2010 at the pre-primary school of Sacred Heart College in Observatory, Johannesburg. At age 4, Michelle was already showing a great interest in reading. And at age 5, she began reading more and more books, each thicker than the next. 

It was at this age 6 that she developed a keen interest in writing, which led to her writing her first 2 books (in secret mostly); Waiting For the Waves and The Little Girl Who Believes in Herself. At the age of 7 years (Grade 2) she wrote two additional books–The Little Mouse and The Golden Ring. Although her first book was completed on 31st of March 2015, it was only published in September 2016. Her 2nd book “The Little Girl Who Believes in Herself” was published in May 2018.

Her other books are yet to be published. She is currently writing her eighth book.

Michelle has a very caring, passionate, outgoing and independent personality. She never gives up easily and never lets anything stand in her way. Aside from her excellent academic performance, she also loves ballet, swimming, music, travelling, playing with her friends and siblings, and giving inspirational talks. She enjoys caring for children who are less privileged than herself. 

The Michelle Nkamankeng Foundation

As a child and youth activist, her passion lies in empowering others through education, literacy and beyond. And so, the Michelle Nkamankeng Foundation was founded in November 2016 after her touching visit to the Alexander Township in Johannesburg in September 2016. Through her foundation, she has been able to give inspirational talks to pupils in many schools, nationwide.

Awards & Achievements

Michelle is the inaugural winner of the 2016 Girl of Promise Mbokodo Award and 1 of 5 UNICEF’s 2016 global selected writers on tiny stories for children. Besides her many other awards, she is also the winner of the inaugural 2018 Gauteng Premier Women’s Excellence Award for the Girl Child category.

 She was also one of the few VIP guests who represented the SA children at the 2018 Youth Summit hosted in the SA Parliament by the Nelson Mandela Children Fund.

As recognition of her brilliant participation at this event at parliament, she was appointed as one of the advisers of the newly launched Efeng Bacha Youth Advisory Board. She also received a special award from Charlotte Maxeke Institute, Women of First, and Bring Her Up Awards.

Michelle Nkamankeng is also the image of the Child of Hope Statue by UNICEF South Africa in celebration of International Children Day 2017 on Mandela Square.

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