Thembe studied Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Kent. Alongside her studies, she was actively involved in local and international voluntary groups which introduced her to social enterprise and innovation.
Thembe's recent TEDx talk explored the challenges of communicating and overcoming mental health battles through spoken word, informed by her belief in the power of artistic expression in raising awareness of social issues. She recently pitched to a board of educators, advocating using spoken word poetry to help students understand literature in schools.
As a culture enthusiast, Thembe enjoys reading, music and travelling in her spare time.