Mpoomy Ledwaba is a 29-year-old South African content creator, digital entrepreneur, model, and international speaker born on January 23rd, 1994. Her net worth is estimated between $250,000 and $500,000.
After dropping out of the University of Johannesburg, Mpoomy Ledwaba courageously embarked on an entrepreneurship journey. She eventually made her first million at the age of 27, thanks to her successful efforts as a YouTube content creator and digital entrepreneur. She has now diversified her income sources by expanding her company, Mpoomy Ledwaba Creatives, to incorporate podcasts, public speaking, and corporate gigs.
How Old is Mpoomy Ledwaba?
Mpoomy Ledwaba is 29 years old in 2023. Born on January 23rd, 1994, her birthplace is Middleburg in Mpumalanga. And her Zodiac sign is Aquarius.
Having taken the decision to become self-made in her teen years, Ledwaba, after years of struggles, achieved success in her business career and was recognized as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in April 2023 when she was 29 years old.
Mpoomy Ledwaba’s Family Background
Nompumelelo Ledwaba grew up in a close-knit Christian family and spent her childhood in Middleburg, Mpumalanga. Her mother was from a family of educators and worked as a teacher before switching floors to become a businesswoman. Then, her father came from a humble home and worked hard to support his family. He owned many businesses, including a cleaning business and a company that manufactured various cleaning products.
Mpoomy was raised by her parents, along with her four siblings. Tragically, she reportedly lost her older sister to an accident a day after she moved out of their home and was guilt-ridden for not holding her back from making the move. She also has a younger sister named Nontobeko, and they share a very strong bond.
On how she has mastered balancing her professional life with her family life, Mpoomy cites her mom as her role model. She said she could nurture five teenagers and manage her businesses successfully.
Did Mpoomy Ledwaba Drop Out of School?
Yes, Mpoomy Ledwaba quit her studies for a BComm degree in Accounting in her third year at the University of Johannesburg. After matriculating in the year 2012, she entered UJ and wanted to study accounting to make money. However, she was invited to be part of a CSI initiative by Investec in her third year. It was a busy year for Mpoomy as it was her first experience in the corporate environment.
While she had classes to attend, she worked from 4 PM to 12 AM or from 12 AM to 8 AM. She quit her job when she realized she didn’t fit in the corporate environment and was bored and frustrated. The renowned content creator dropped out of the university in the same year. She made the decision in the exam hall while writing her finance exam.
It happened that when the examiner asked the students to read the exam questions, she was busy planning a business in the exam hall. And when it was time to answer the questions, Mpoomy couldn’t write anything, having not read through the exam questions. Hence, she stood up and left the room and never returned. Though she was urged by her parents to go back to school, she insisted that she was done with her studies and wanted to be an entrepreneur.
What Does Mpoomy Ledwaba Do for a Living?
Mpoomy Ledwaba is a multi-faceted woman who works as a model, singer, content creator, international speaker, wellness coach, and digital entrepreneur. She first launched her business career as a teenager and followed in her father’s footsteps by opening a cleaning business. Her first business venture, however, failed after she had to clean for her clients following the resignation of her staff in the December holidays.
Unfortunately, Mpoomy couldn’t deliver a satisfactory service, and she decided to leave the business. Though she has become a household name in diverse industries, her road to entrepreneurship was lonely, cold, and devastating.
At age 5, Mpoomy Ledwaba, her father, and four siblings joined the church choir. She has an exceptional knack for singing and was a vocal member of her local church for years. She grew up and started singing professionally and was allegedly a backup vocalist for A-list music artists such as Dr. Tumi, VaShawn Mitchell, and Donnie McClurkin.
Though the 29-year-old does not work as a backup singer any longer, she has continued to show off her singing prowess on a YouTube channel called Free 2 Wrshp, where she alongside her musician husband, Brenden Praise, lead viewers on powerful worship sessions.
After her decision to drop out of school, Mpoomy Ledwaba’s father cut her off financially. She struggled to raise money for her business and had no experience to be hired for a job. Even though everyone around her thought she made a mistake by quitting school, Nompumelelo had faith in her instinct, which pushed her to make the choice. She eventually joined a modeling agency, and her first job paid her well.
She landed a billboard and a TV commercial advert for which she earned R22,000 ($1,546). She subsequently left modeling and invested the money in a cleaning business that flopped. Nevertheless, since becoming a prominent figure, thanks to her diverse work in the media, she has been a brand ambassador for several companies.
With a massive following on social media platforms, she has been endorsing several products and has worked for brands like Nivea, Clarins, and Colgate.
While navigating through the hurdles of starting up a business, Ledwaba was optimistic that her dream to open a nail salon business would be actualized someday. She, however, struggled to raise money for her study in the field. After her lobola in 2017, her husband gave her R15,000 to enroll in a six-month Diploma course to become a nail technician.
Afterward, she put fliers on her car, advertising her new Nails on Wheels business, and offered home services. The business grew rapidly over time, and Mpoomy was making R1,000 ($70) a day. Thus, she had to rent a business space and rebrand it to Aneno Nail & Coffee Bar. She had about six employees, and during the lockdown, she tried to keep her workers and was paying them while no business was going on at the salon.
Consequently, her nail business got into serious debt. Nonetheless, she tried revamping it after giving birth to her second child, but it was a disaster. She eventually sold her beauty salon in 2022.
Mpoomy Ledwaba started posting content on Instagram after getting married to her celebrity husband, and her IG following skyrocketed. She leveraged the opportunity and started posting about her marriage, life journey, and businesses. This attracted more followers to her page, and later on, her husband suggested she open a YouTube channel to maximize her creativity talent.
She complied and launched her self-named channel in early 2018. Interestingly, she got 1,000 subscribers on the first day, and five years later, the channel grew and attracted more than 240K subscribers. Amazingly, in January 2022, Mpoomy Ledwaba was listed among the 26 YouTube Black Voices Creator Class of the year. In 2020, the YouTube Black Voices Fund was created to support black content creators and artists so they can thrive on the social media platform.
Mpoomy made the list alongside other South African content creators, including Gugulethu Nyatshumba, Stephanie and Hungani Ndlovu, Michelle Expert, and Mlungisi Nkosi.
With the aim to gain recognition as a brand in the creative industry, Mpoomy Ledwaba launched Mpoomy Ledwaba Creatives. She has since grown the company into a lucrative digital marketing business. Not only is she involved in public speaking, but she also supports brands and had corporate gigs of speaking to the marketing teams of many organizations.
Mpoomy was inspired to focus on personal well-being after her friend, Sibu Mabena, gave her a gift―a book entitled “The 5 AM Club” by Robyn Sharma. The book encouraged women to meditate, exercise, and read to restore their focus in life. It helped Mpoomy Ledwaba become much more productive, and thus, she became the unofficial ambassador of the book. She started encouraging women to read and hosted her first live event to promote her book club, The 5 AM Club, and it was sold out.
Subsequently, she established a platform for raising awareness around mental health and launched a podcast called Wisdom and Wellness in 2020. It airs on her YouTube channel and has reached more than 250K viewers. The podcast also streams on many digital platforms and is ranked as Apple’s second most popular podcast. As a result, Mpoomy and her husband were recognized with the DStv Content Creator Award in September 2022.
The couple took home the Podcast of the Year Award at the DStv Content Creator inaugural award show. Recently, Wisdom and Wellness has gained traction as it focuses on rational well-being, spiritual wellness, emotional wellness, relational wellness, financial wellness, and physical wellness.
How Much is Mpoomy Ledwaba’s Net Worth?
Mpoomy Ledwaba’s net worth is estimated between $250,000 and $500,000. She made her first million in rand at the age of 27, and her YouTube channel is reportedly worth $10,000. She also has been carrying out lucrative services through her digital marketing company, Mpoomy Ledwaba Creatives.
A testament to her wealth, Mpoomy Ledwaba bought a new house with her husband in June 2021. The couple acquired their dream home and celebrated the huge milestone in a social media post. Additionally, the award-winning content creator secured an office space for her business, Wisdom and Wellness, in January 2023.
Mpoomy Ledwaba and Her Husband Got Married at the Age of 22
Ledwaba started dating her now husband, Brenden Praise, in her teen years. Finally, they decided to seal their love with a nuptial bond in January 2017 when they were both 22 years of age. Though they weren’t financially well-off at the time, the love birds managed to pull off a wedding with only R10,000. They tied the knot a month after their engagement, and their love story has been an inspiration to many couples.
In March 2021, the pair decided to celebrate their love with a colorful traditional wedding. They were happy they had the wedding of their dreams finally. Oftentimes, Mpoomy and her hubby gush about each other on social media. They have been each other’s support system for many years.
Celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary on January 15th, 2022, Mpoomy Ledwaba reminisced about her wedding day in an IG post. She revealed that after spending on lobola, a wedding, and a new apartment in January, they had no money left, so they didn’t know what they would eat after the wedding. Nonetheless, they held onto their faith, and their love for each other held them through the rough times.
The couple are now grateful for how everything has turned out. In recent years, they have been on many romantic vacations, making up for the honeymoon they didn’t have after their wedding. It’s undeniable that Brenden and Mpoomy are madly in love and are not shy to show it off publicly. In October 2020, the award-winning podcaster disclosed that her husband gifted her a new car, a Mercedez Benz van.
Why is Mpoomy Ledwaba’s Husband Famous?
Mpoomy Ledwaba’s husband, Brenden Praise, is a singer, songwriter, and producer who rose to fame as a runner-up in the ninth season of Idols SA. He was awarded R10,000 worth of fashion vouchers from Truworths. He has since gone ahead to establish himself in the music industry. In 2018, the 29-year-old was featured by Black Motion in the platinum-selling single, ‘Joy Joy’.
In the following year, he released his debut studio album, ‘Feel So Good’ and a single, ‘Journey to Cairo’ in 2020. He subsequently dropped another album titled, ‘Mhlalamhlala’, and it was nominated for the South African Music Award for Best Contemporary Faith Album in 2023. He further co-hosts Our Love Journey Podcast with his wife on YouTube.
How Many Children Does Mpoomy Ledwaba Have?
Mpoomy Ledwaba shares two children named Nuri Lethabo Ledwaba and Zani Lehumo Ledwaba with her husband, Brenden Praise. In June 2018, the couple revealed they were expecting their first child in a video they shared on their YouTube channel. Their baby girl arrived in December 2018, and Brenden described her birth as a blessing.
Then, on June 29, 2020, Mpoomy and her husband welcomed their second child―a son named Zani Lehumo Ledwaba. While his first name means ‘a Gift from God’ in Hebrew, his second name, Lehumo, translates to ‘Abundance’ in Sepedi. Presently, Mpoomy Ledwaba’s daughter is 5 years old, and her son’s age is 3 years.
The cute couple are doting parents who are very protective of their children. In February 2020, Mpoomy slammed people calling her daughter ‘makoti’ when trying to compliment her on social media. While she finds it creepy for adults to be calling kids makoti or mkhwenyane, she made it clear that she is not raising Nuri to be just a wife but to be way more than that.