Nomzamo Nonzwakazi Nxumalo Mbatha, commonly referred to as Nomzamo Mbatha, is a prominent South African celebrity. Currently, this gorgeous Mzansi icon holds many titles, including being an actress, TV personality, model, accountant, human rights activist, and an entrepreneur. But who is Nomzamo Mbatha? Why did she leave Isibaya? Here is all you need to know about her.
Nomzamo first came to the limelight in 2012 when she emerged as one of the three finalists in the 2012 MTV Base VJ Search. She is best known for her role in the Isibaya soap opera, a position she quit on March 2nd, 2020. With over 2.5 million followers on her Instagram page, it is evident that she is one of the top female personalities in South Africa.
- Date of birth: July 13th, 1990
- Age: 29 years as of March 4th, 2020
- Gender: Female
- Marital status: single
- Nationality: South African
- Career: actress, model, accountant, human rights activist, entrepreneur
- Famous for: Being one of OkayAfrica 100 Women 2018 Honorees, a finalist of the MTV Base VJ Search, acting roles, and being a UNHCR ambassador
- Instagram: @nomzamo_m
- Twitter: @NomzamoMbatha
Early life and education
The beautiful TV queen was born on July 13th, 1990, in KwaMashu, Durban. She was brought up in KwaMashu Township that is situated 21 kilometers Northwest of Durban in South Africa. Nomzamo Mbatha mother, Manakutu Mbata, is a teacher. Her late father is Skuta Nxumalo. Ever since she was a small kid, she used to model at beauty pageants even though her late father was not enthusiastic about that.
She was enrolled at Sihlezi Primary School and later attended Bechet High School. She joined the University of Cape Town, where she pursued a degree in Bachelor of Commerce with an accounting specialization. She completed her higher education studies and graduated in 2018.
Who are Nomzamo Mbatha siblings?
Her older sister died in 2009. Nomzamo Mbatha had a younger sister known as Carla, but she committed suicide in December 2014. Wendy, who is known for District 9, is the only living sister she has. She has a brother known as Zamani Mbatha. Nomzamo Mbatha brother is an excellent actor on Mzansi’s popular soap opera, Isithembiso. It seems like acting talent runs in the family.
Ms. Mbatha boyfriend
Nomzamo Mbatha and Maps Maponyane, a media personality, dated back in the days. The two parted ways in 2018 after it was allegedly reported that Maponyane cheated on her with several women, including Nadia Jaftha, a Cape Town blogger. In January 2019, Nomzamo was seen in the company of cricketer Kagiso Rabada, and as always, media blogs began speculating that the two could be romantically involved. However, the two were just seated next to each other in a yacht in Cape Town. She is single at the moment.
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She is best known in Mzansi for her Thandeka role on Isibaya. Her career journey, however, did not start here. As mentioned earlier, she is a jack of many trades. Even though she was one of the finalists of the MTV Base VJ Search, she did not win, but it is here that she became well known in the public domain.
In 2015, her acting profession led her to play in two soap operas, namely "Tell Me Sweet Something" and "Umlilo." To add, she landed a gig in the same year to host a reality travel show dubbed "Holiday Swap" that was aired on South African Broadcasting Corporation. Other films that she has acted include The Jakes Are Missing (2015) and All About Love (2017).
Because of her exceptional talent in acting, she has brushed shoulders with some of the best-known celebrities in Hollywood, including Taraji P Henson, who plays the role of ‘Cookie Lyon’ on Empire, Terrence J, Tiffany Haddish, and Ryan Destiny.
Besides her acting career, this icon is also a brand ambassador for various products. For instance, she was the first-ever South African to become the face of Neutrogena products in 2015. In 2019, Ms. Mbatha was chosen to be a Goodwill Ambassador at the United Nations Refugee Agency.
Additionally, the bubbly beauty also works in partnership with other successful brands such as L’Oreal Paris, AUDI, PUMA and McDonalds.
The death of Thandeka character on Isibaya
Nomzamo, who played Thandeka on Isibaya, is one of the most loved actresses in the country. Her last appearance on the show was on March 2nd, 2020, after being killed by Menzi Ngubane, who plays the role of Judas. The beauty was one of the founding cast members and has been on the show for seven seasons.
She will now play a role in the movie Coming to America 2 alongside Eddie Murphy. The film will be released on December 18th, 2020 in the United States. She took to Twitter to tell fans about her departure from Isibaya and to show gratitude for her growth.
Reactions from fans for leaving Isibaya
Her decision to leave Mzansi’s Isibaya made fans react differently. Here are some responses from fans on twitter.
Some wished her well in her future endeavors.
The news saddened people who loved her Thandeka character. Lovers of Isibaya felt that she has died for real now that she will no longer make appearances on the popular show.
Others expressed their gratitude for entertaining them and being an inspiration to many.
Ms. Mbatha's notable achievements
The actress has been recognized severally for her work, and her accomplishments are outlined below.
- DRUM Darling Award for Rising Star (2013)
- Feather Awards for Hot Chick of the Year (2013)
- One of the Okay Africa 100 Women 2018 Honorees conducted by Okay Africa Digital Media
- Listed by Forbes Africa as one of the “30 under 30 creatives” in June 2018. She was also featured on the cover of this issue.
- Landed an activism issue cover at Cosmopolitan due to the fantastic work she was doing at UNHCR.
- SASTAs, Best Actress Nomination (2019)
- Philanthropy Award from EAfrica! (2019)
Nomzamo Mbatha dresses
The actress is also a fashion diva. She has great taste when it comes to dressing. The following are some of her gorgeous dresses.
She glows in this orange dress.
This is a dress yet to be released by the H&M Sandton City store. It will be made available on March 26th, 2020.
Black looks great on her.
Traditional dresses are also among her favorites.
Nomzamo Mbatha hairstyles
The gorgeous actress rocks in different hairstyles. Any style looks perfect on her.
She looks stunning with short hair.
She also rocks with the Beyoncé hairstyle.
Braids make her look great as well.
She knows the best hairstyles.
This style makes her look like Whitney Houston.
Nomzamo Mbatha net worth
She earns her living from acting, modeling, being an entrepreneur, activism, among others. She had an estimated net worth of between $1 million and $5 million in 2019. Her net worth in 2020 is going to increase now that she is in Hollywood. However, information on the Nomzamo Mbatha house is not available.
Nomzamo Mbatha is indeed one of the greatest actresses in South Africa. We wish her well as she continues to fly Mzansi’s flag high in the global acting industry.