- Bongi Ndaba is an actress, playwright and the head scriptwriter for SA soapie #Uzalo
- She is also known for her leading role as Thembeka Nkosi, in 'Izingane zoBaba'
- Ndaba is well-respected in the SA film industry
In a recent interview with East Coast Radio, the lovely lady had plenty to say.
Born in the rural areas of the Eastern Cape, Ndaba says she always had a passion for writing. She grew up with her grandmother and they moved to Margate, where they are based now.
A gift of life
Ndaba said she always used to write, it was a passion which she believes stemmed from the culture in her family. Her dad loved reading and even has a library in his home. So reading and writing were a part of everyday life.
This talented lady started her professional career on a completely different path. She started studying Computer Science at Durban University of Technology (DUT) and was happy with this until a cousin told her about auditions.
She had always been involved in community theatre and so this direction was a given for her. She interviewed at the Playhouse in Durban and was accepted there for a year based on her talent. She then went on to study drama at DUT and then the University of KZN.
She commented that she has always preferred theatre acting to screenplay acting.
Her move from theatre to TV came when she auditioned for a position as a junior scriptwriter for #Generations.
Theatre is imagination
Ndaba says TV and film are technical mediums whereas Theatre is live and real as is imagination.
She made waves when she was the head writer for #Isidingo when she wrote racism into the show. She says this was because she is a very conscientious writer.
Personal issues in her life are often reflected in her writing. She navigates the minefield of controversial issues in the way she writes about them and she commented that feedback on #Uzalo has been so positive, despite the controversial content.
Briefly.co.za can’t wait to see what’s next for this talented SA lady.
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