Mzansi Celebs Who Were Born In Other Parts Of Africa

Amanda Du Pont

Amanda Du Pont

33 year old Amanda du-Pont who is known for her villainous role of Nompumelelo ‘Lelo’ Mthiyane on SABC 1’s educational soapie, Skeem Saam is a Swazi-born, South African actress, model and television host.Amanda-du-Pont

Du-Pont is also known for her portrayal of Mamba on Isono which airs on BET_Africa, and Sharon in the SABC 3 comedy-drama Taryn & Sharon. She also starred in the Netflix’s thriller series Shadow alongside Palance Dladla.

Du Pont shocked her fans last year when she announced she was married to her fiance, Shawn Rodriques, after losing her grandmother whom she adored.

The actress took to Instagram and posted a long heartfelt message to her late grandmother: “I lost my gogo last night. If you know me well you’d know she was my fave. Everything in my body is aching and so painful but I’m happy you are resting and no longer in pain. She promised to wait until I was married before she passed. Over the last couple of years, she would hint that she was getting tired. I’m married granny and I’m ok, hope you are too. Maye ngitakukhumbula! Rest in Perfect Peace.”

Akin Omotoso

Nigerian born director and actor, Akin Omotoso who was born 1974 left him home country in 1992 when his father, Kole Omotoso received an academic appointment at the University of Cape Town.Akin Omotoso

Omotoso is also a writer, though his heart is in directing and acting, his father and his sister, Yewande Omotoso are also writers, whilst his mother who was born in Barbados passed away in 2003.

Omotoso is best remember for his role of Khaya Motene in the SABC1 soapie Generations, and SABC3’s canned soapie Isidingo and the e.tv sitcom Big Okes.

Charmaine Shamiso ‘Sha sha’ Mpambiro

Shamiso who is popularly known for her stage name “Sha Sha” was born on the 13th of July 1994 in Zimbabwe, Mutare.shasha

The musician who is hailed as “the queen of amapiano gained popularity for her collaborations with DJ Maphorisa and signed under Maphorisa’s music label in 2018. She has also collaborated with Kabza de Small, Don Laka and Mlindo The Vocalist. Sha Sha released her debut EP, Blossom in 2019was awarded Best New International Act at the 2020 BET Awards.

She gained popularity for her vocals on “Akulaleki” by Samthing Soweto and “Nge Thanda Wena” by Mlindo The Vocalist, and “We Mama” by Scorpion Kings.

Bonang Matheba: There are no short cuts to success

Bonang Matheba2Media personality and businesswoman Bonang Matheba recently took part in the third annual Procter and Gamble (P&G) and UN Women “We See Equal” Gender Equality Summit, which was held virtually for the first time this year.

Under the theme “Unsaid and Undone”, the summit brought together leading voices on gender equality to challenge the current discourse and commit to the actions needed for progress.

The “Being Bonang” star delivered a powerful talk at the summit around ‘The Power of Your Voice’.

Using her experiences, she shared insights around leveraging your voice in the advertising and media space to reach millions of people, challenge rigid gender roles and empower both men and women.

“By achieving my own entrepreneurial goals, I hope to inspire others to further change and shape the industry.

“And by focusing on philanthropy, I hope to pave the way for more people to create opportunities for women,’’ says Queen B.

Below are some of Bonang’s key points she shared at summit.I would like to see more women equipped with the right tools and knowledge to negotiate deals in the media space.

To see more women become media platform owners, rather than just content producers.

Those privileged to have a significant audience need to use their influence for good. ‘We can now reach millions with a single social media post. Let us be mindful of the narrative we put out there.’

We need diverse opinions to be able to excel in our watchdog role. To be fully representative of the country we live in.

In terms of diversity and gender parity, while we have made good progress. It is wonderful to see women, especially black women, taking ownership of their space.

Beyond being perceived as nurturers to our families – as important as this is – women are increasingly being portrayed as individuals with the capacity and talent to achieve.

At grassroots level, we must ensure all our children receive a good education that instils a strong sense of confidence. We need to actively encourage young women to see our industry as a viable career option.

We also need to introduce transformation programmes in media companies to afford more women the opportunity to be in positions of authority traditionally held by men.

Bonang also emphasised that young African women, especially, need to see that through hard work and education, it is possible to change one’s circumstances.

Her advice to young girls and women is that there are no short cuts.

To succeed you must be prepared to invest the time to equip yourself with the knowledge that enables you to become a master in your craft.

Media Personality Bonang Matheba Exposes Unhelpful Fan

Bonang Matheba. Picture: SuppliedBonang Matheba humorously engaged with a fan who did not help her when she lost one of her shoes at a local store and exposed him for his misdemeanor.Bonang took to Twitter on Thursday, 18 February 2021, to acknowledge a tweet from one of her fans, who praised her for her beauty after seeing her at a local store. The personal interaction between the pair reminded Bonang of the fact that the man did not offer to help her when she was looking for her shoe, instead, he proceeded with his purchase and left. She first thanked him for the compliment, before noting that a true gentleman would have helped her.Bonang MathebaFans questioned why anyone would pass up the opportunity to help Bonang, and began to ambush him on his timeline. One of the comments read, “Wait, he didn’t help you?”, to which she responded, “…Nope. He was with his two mates! They just looked at me, paid for their [things] and left.” The fan in question clarified that the only reason he had not helped her was because she was with another man and felt it would have been rude of him to impose.

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Gogo Manaka Ranaka shares cute video of her grandson as he turns 7 months

Manaka-Ranaka-daughter-and-her-sonMzansi actress Manaka Ranaka who is known for her incredible acting skills on SABC1’s TV drama series Generations: The Legacy is excited as her grandson is 7-month-old.

Taking to Instagram, the actress shared a cute video of the little one, rubbing his chocolate-decorated cake.

“Happy 7 months to my favourite GranSon,” she captioned the post.

Manaka celebrates her daughter who made her a mother and a grandmother.

In November, the actress opened up about how special her daughter is.

” We were so meant to be. 20 years of doing this life thing together, and I’ve never looked back since. I remember when women I worked for told me to abort you and I was like la hlanya, they fired me! Honestly, I didn’t care, coz I was so determined to keep you and enter the next chapter in my life and that was bieng a mom ( Lauren Hill’s song Zion kept me going when I felt that the world was against us). I was ready man, .as young as they said I was, I was ready for you, and its been quiet a journey baby,” Manaka penned down to her daughter last year.

Actress Kgomotso Ditshwene joins Isono as Sophie

isono2Kgomotso Ditshwene has been announced as the latest cast member to join BET Africa’s Isono, assuming the role of Sophie, a woman who arrives in town to give her baby up for adoption.

Kgomotso Ditshwene has debuted in BET Africa’s Isono. In a statement from BET Africa on Thursday, 18 February 2021, the channel confirmed that the actress assumes the role of Sophie, who previously helped raise Zakwe and was a close friend to his mother, Thandi.

After many years apart, Sophie and Zakwe are reunited when she brings her baby to House Of Grace for adoption. Upon her arrival, Mary is very keen to take Sophie’s baby in, as she is hopeful that a possible investment is on the horizon.

The statement elaborated on the character, explaining that whilst getting accustomed to her new life, Sophie starts to get frustrated with the arrangement she has with Zakwe, as she is not satisfied with the little that they are getting. She also expresses that having to survive on leftovers was not part of their plan. She advises Zakwe that she is willing to get a job, however, she is not happy with the options she has because they do not meet her standards.

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