This week on Stars Revealed, we interviewed a young & beautiful lady who goes by the name of Aone Gogontle Ditirwa. She is a Medical student in China, a fashion columnist, a blogger, youtuber and an entrepreneur.
The interview enabled us to know her better, how she managed to get where she is today and what she hopes to see young people in Botswana doing in the future.
Q. Tell us more about yourself?
Hello, my name is Aone ‘Yonie’ Ditirwa. I am currently a third year student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery. I was born and bred in Botswana but currently based in Dalian, China for my studies.
Q. What can you tell us about your achievements throughout this journey?
Well, I am a part time fashion columnist under a local bilingual lifestyle magazine. I also run a personal style blog known as TheFashionPoet Blog. The blog name was derived from my love for fashion and creative writing. Initially, it was mainly used to publish poems about the fashion industry and how style needs to be sentimental. However, it later grew or rather developed into a style blog.
I am also a newly established fashion entrepreneur, the sole owner of R’alocha Luxury Shoes and I will be debuting my first collection in Botswana and worldwide this coming summer! Besides that I love creative writing, reading,singing, traveling and exploring various faucets of art!
Q. What are your strategies to reaching your goals/objectives?
I am adamant in that passion is a pre-requisite for success. What you do has to spark a flame in you. My aspirations are closely linked to my talents and thus the zeal to give what I do my all, comes naturally.
My mantra is “Pray hard, work hard, and wait your turn” and it is fair to say these 3 easy steps have placed me on a fast route to realizing my goals. My faith is my anchor, and I am fully aware that nothing worthy comes easy. On a last note i have learnt that timing is key. Sometimes we have to wait in order to get the best!
Q. What vision do you have for your community and young people in general?
One of the concepts I never fail to impart with the young people I encounter is for them to fulfill their potential no matter the sacrifices. As a medical student, I have been fed several times with the idea that a devoted medical doctor is all I can ever be given the demands within the profession. However, I am determined to be an exception and an inspiration to career men and women who feel they can’t do it all.
The greatest tragedy is knowing you are capable of greatness but never having the courage to bridge the gap between where you are and where you are MEANT to be.
5. Who is your mentor and why?
My mentor is definitely my mother. She epitomizes strength. She is literally my biggest fan. Sometimes we sit and imagine scenarios of success together, pretending to give victory speeches etc. She has taught me that every single one of my dreams is within reach and that is what keeps me going despite circumstances.
I am glad you asked! It would be selfish of me not to share my current read- 15 INVALUABLE LAWS OF GROWTH by John C Maxwell. Truly life changing! He explains that Growth needs to be INTENTIONAL and shares ways in which we can practical overcome barriers of growth.
Maya Angelou’s words
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style.” have always resonated with me. Iv always promised myself to live and leave a legacy, to impact lives without expectation, to love, to laugh and to slay while I’m at it.
Thank you for the interview Aone. We wish you the best in your future endeavours! ☄🌍