SABC1’s telenovela, Uzalo, came back to our screens on the 15th of June after a month-long break. One character who has managed to stay relevant and have both young and old captivated is Nonka (real name Thuthuka Mthembu).
The 22-year-old joined Uzalo in 2016 and has since been a fan favorite through her acting skills. These are some of the things you probably did not know about Nonka from Uzalo whose real name is Thuthuka Mthembu.
Johannesburg born actress, Thuthuka Mthembu’s, big break into the entertainment industry came when she landed her role in South Africa’s most-watched drama, “Uzalo” in December 2018. The 22-year-old actress said she originally had no intention of being an actress, but now that she is, she is “living her dream”.
Mthembu looks up to industry giants like Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay, and more locally, Dawn Thandeka King. She says to survive in the industry you need to remain teachable.
“There will always be criticism with anything you do. There will always be haters too. You just need to allow yourself to take in constructive criticism and rise to any challenge,” she said.
In the next five (5) years to come, Thuthuka Mthembu aims to have played more roles. The young talented actress wants to own a production company, producing, writing, and directing.
She speaks two (2) languages including English and Zulu. Thuthuka role models include Oprah, Ava Duvernay, Beyonce, Nomzamo Mbatha, Bonang Matheba, and Black Coffee.
Regarding her character on Uzalo which is polygamous. Despite warning signs, Nonka (Thuthuka Mthembu) blindly agrees to get into a polygamous marriage with Sibonelo (Wiseman Ncube).
“But fairytale weddings do not exist in the world of Uzalo”, warns Nonka whose character is still reeling from Sibonelo’s recent proposal. he asked Nonka ar well as his other girlfriend Siphelile ( Nomthandazo Tee Xaba) to marry him at the same time because he wants two wives.
Thuthuka grew up being taken care of by her single mother.
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