Photo Credit: @miss_lira/Instagram

LIRA’s journey post-stroke has been miles away from easy, but the South African icon has come such a long, beautiful way. Recently, LIRA reflected on how the journey began with a little list of gold.


South Africa (23 August 2023) — South African icon LIRA (Leraoto Molapo) hasn’t been on an easy journey over the past year and a bit following the unthinkable—a stroke while on tour in Germany. However, LIRA’s positivity has guided her from strength to strength, and recently she celebrated a big milestone in documenting a little list that started her recovery.

For the musician who lost the ability to speak, read and write due to Aphasia in March 2022, her voice still rings strong albeit in a way she never expected.

Recently, LIRA took to social media to reflect on how the journey began as well as how far she’s come by sharing a little list of treasured words; the words she could say.

She began curating the list at the end of April 2022.

“I would keep adding to the list whenever I learnt a new word. By end of May I could say so many words I didn’t bother with adding to the list. I am reminded of how hard I had to work,” she shared before adding that she’s proud of herself. 

Aptly, the first word on her list after her name is ‘love’.

One year after her stroke (March 2023) LIRA gave a speech that left people chopping onions.

“In the year that I’ve needed to learn how to speak – I’ve enjoyed listening and the silence. I’ve learnt to be happier. I’ve learnt to enjoy the simple things. Life is a gift and I hope to celebrate the gift of life for many years,” she shared. 

As for her recent milestone reflection, LIRA added:

“After 16 months—I’m speaking about my stroke recovery journey to audiences, I’m able to read and write this post. I’m so blessed.”

LIRA’s story is one of determination to overcome instead of sinking with the circumstances, and she continues to inspire people everywhere with and without her words.

Sources: LIRA
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Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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