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People of Joburg – meet Nambitha Ben-Mazwi

April 13, 2018, Author: Hello Joburg

Nambitha Ben-Mazwi  (or Lady Nam as she is affectionately called) is a local and international actress as well as
an MC, Radio and TV presenter.

Born from humble beginnings in Port Elizabeth, Nambitha found her passion for The Arts by having prominent roles in numerous productions and has spent several years in America working in media – and even was landed a guest spot on the prime time live talk-show called Viewpoint hosted by John Fugelsang where she was able to talk about the future of South Africa, and the legacy of Nelson Mandela.

Returning home 2013 has not slowed Nambitha down, in fact – quite the opposite! From her first Hollywood production, the Netflix TV hit remake of “Black Mirror” to a role in the international BET production of “Madiba”. Locally she starred in the Mzansi Magic crime drama series “Doubt”, which landed her the coveted YOU Spectacular favourite actress nomination.

In June 2016, she announced her return to presenting by joining SABC 3’s, The Weekend Edition as the travel insert presenter and last year she landed her biggest role yet in the brand new eTV prime-time telenovela, Broken Vows.

We find out more…

How did you wind up in this industry?

Growing up I’ve always took part in musicals, plays etc. and during UCT I had my own drive time radio show and MC’ed for MTN at the World Cup. After graduating with a Business Science Honours at UCT I went straight to corporate and it took the realization that not partaking in the Arts anymore made me unhappy and unfulfilled. So I quite corporate, went to New York and worked as a Comedy Club host and never looked back.

What inspires you?

My purpose and what I know I am called to do – which is to leave a lasting global legacy and make a difference using my craft as a performer and using my platform as a public figure. As far as WHO inspires me: My legacy leaving grandmother who has a street named after her and my strong hard-working mother. My veteran Tony award winning uncle Winston Ntshona with regards to how I approach my craft as an actress and how he used his craft as a form of global protest during the apartheid regime.

Books or movies and why?

Books – my escape.
Movies – I am an actress I study movies!

If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

OPRAH!!!

Fave South African food?

My mom’s cooking!

Best holiday destination so far?

Egypt has been my favourite thus far.

Instagram or Instastories?

Instastories

What’s next for you – where can your fans see you next?

More projects such as outreach work that’s my core passion. But always the tellie.

For more info or for booking Lady Nam contact Jess here…

Hello Joburg was first published in April 1980 as a monthly restaurant and entertainment magazine. Over the years we have developed a network of patriotic Joburgers that love nothing more than sharing their experiences in this beautiful city!

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