Idols SA winner Yanga Sobetwa is getting her head back into the books as she starts her matric year.
But the 17-year-old star isn’t going back to formal school – instead Yanga, from Delft, will be home-schooled so she can keep on singing and building her budding music career.
The teen posted pictures of her going to school on Instagram yesterday, wearing a blue and white striped top with books in her arms and a backpack on her back.
Following her win on Idols last year, Yanga, who became an instant millionaire after winning the R1 million prize, insisted she would be finishing her school career on a high note.
The meisie with the golden voice is planning to open a music academy for underprivileged youngsters in poverty-stricken Delft.
Speaking to the Daily Voice on Thursday, she said her family’s “got her back”.
“Sjoe! It’s been an exciting rollercoaster of emotions in the last year. But going back to school and having this great support for my matric year is awesome.”
Yanga says she hopes completing her matric will serve as an inspiration to others.
“Grade 12 is a crucial part of a teenager’s life, that’s one of the stages you need the most support for. I feel humbled and appreciate that I have that extra push,” she says.
“I might not be back in the mainstream school I was at last year but I am doing it via home schooling which still works for me.”
The Covered in Scars hitmaker’s subjects include English, Afrikaans, pure maths, accounting, economics and music.
Citing security reasons, Yanga would not reveal where she is being home-schooled and by whom.
Asked if she will miss the company of other teens at school, and how she plans on balancing schoolwork with her singing, Yanga said: “I’m taking it one day at a time, I won’t overwhelm myself about it.
“I’m not really a social butterfly, so I won’t have any loss in that regard. I live with my family so that’s going to be easy maintaining time with them, and music is a part of me so that won’t be difficult; it’s something that’s been part of my life for always.”
Her manager, Kim Coppen, says: “On behalf of Think Entertainment and Yanga’s music team, we are incredibly proud of her determination.
“This year is going to be a busy one for Yanga, as she strives to release her debut album, as well as complete her schooling, and we are in full support of her endeavours. Yanga plans to study entertainment law next year.”
– Daily Voice