It took the death of the father of her child for Nikiwe to realise that life was too short to be wasted.
She started drinking and smoking cigarettes when she was 15 years old. She also stole money from her family in order to pay for her lifestyle.
Unable to resist peer pressure, Boitumelo started drinking alcohol, dating many men and disrespecting her mother from the age of 16. She eventually dropped out of school in grade 11 and left home because she didn't want to be told how to live her life.