Nandi Weziwe Hildebrand was born in Rockville, Maryland. She is half African (Zulu) and half Caucasian. When she was 2 months old, Nandi moved to South Africa to live with her grandparents, her childhood was surrounded by family, love and nature. Nandi returned from South Africa when she was 7 years old and attended 2nd grade at a private school in Southern California. In 2011 Nandi moved with her parents to live in Vietnam, a country she also considers home. Her family traveled extensively all over Asia and lived in many different countries.
It is in Vietnam that Nandi knew she wanted to do something different, and this was reinforced even more as she moved around and became exposed to different people and cultures. This exposure from all the traveling gave Nandi a global perspective and shaped her into who she is today. When her family returned to California she was a different person than she was years earlier. Nandi believes that every person has a story that makes them who they are. As for her, her passion comes from her life stories. For as long as Nandi remembers she’s always been a misfit, lone wolf, outsider, and different. Because of this she’s learnt to be resilient by turning her experiences into creative fuel.
Fortunately Nandi is raised by parents who celebrate uniqueness and are opposed to intolerance and injustice, and this how Nandi was introduced into activism at an earlier age. Nandi thinks her strength comes when she embraces fearful situations, and not let them control her. She says it is accepting what is and forging ahead as best we can with what we’ve got. It means knowing intuitively when to be the bigger person and not engage with people who are not being reasonable. Nandi does not think we need to be superman or superwoman to be considered a strong person, but be willing to walk an authentic path in our lives knowing that we are capable of anything, that we are all powerful beyond measure and that no matter what happens to us in life, we will always at the end of the day, be okay.