- A young man, Citizen Mbatha, has received a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
- The 25-year-old was awarded a scholarship to study acting in America
- However, he is in desperate need of funds to realise the dream
Citizen Mbatha, a young aspiring actor, has been offered an opportunity to study acting abroad. In 2015, Mbatha, who turns 16 in September, received a partial scholarship at the New York Film Academy (NYFA) worth $7 000, which is about R99 000.
However, he could not afford the rest of the scholarship and could not go to America. Briefly.co.za gathered the NYFA insisted he re-audition and he was awarded the scholarship again this year in May.
This time, the academy bumped up the scholarship amount to $9 000 - which is about R127 000. However, Mbatha still needs to raise the remainder of the $20 000 (R283k) to realise his dream of attending the US academy.
In June, Minister Nathi Mthethwa allegedly responded to Mbatha's tweet, instructing the young aspiring actor to contact his spokesperson. However, Mbatha reveals his attempt to contact her has been futile.
So, he turned to the media to request Mzansi's assistance in realising his dream of becoming an actor.
If Mbatha manages to raise the funds, he will spend at least a year in the US.
"I am initially expected to spend a year and depending on my ability and academic excellence I'll have further opportunities to further my studies off of merit within the academy," he said.
Mbatha hails from a rural area called Stanela Area outside Vryheid in KwaZulu-Natal. When he was 11 his father passed away, leaving his "partially educated mother and illiterate grandmother" to raise him and his three younger siblings.
Hailing from a disadvantaged background has made his journey so much more difficult, Mbatha revealed. On top of that, Mbatha also has a condition called Optokinetic Nystagmus, which effects his ability to see.
However, despite all the challenges he faces, Mbatha, who was inspired by Denzel Washington, is adamant to chase his dreams:
"Coming from an economically deprived and underprivileged background, my dream is not only to get a lifetime opportunity to attend one of prestigious acting schools in the world and be equipped with sufficient tools to navigate my way into Hollywood.
"I also dream of inspiring the less fortunate, especially underprivileged and disabled kids through establishing an art and academic-oriented foundation that'll seek to pass a ladder down to the needy with great ambitions like myself and are willing to work really hard to succeed."
If you want to contact Mbatha, you can call him on 078 671 7677.
Take a look at his story below:
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