Nambitha Ben-Mazwi gets candid
PHOTO: Nambitha Instagram page
and film star Nambitha Ben-Mazwi is fast becoming one of the leading actresses
in South African film. The star who is currently on etv show Broken Vows as
Lulama chatted to DRUM about her life and more.
What nickname did you have while growing up and
how did it come about?
members and people who I’ve known for a long time call me “Nampo” , I have no
idea how the name came about but I had those necklaces where you’d write your
nickname and Nampo was on it. My recent nickname is Nam or Namnam.
Having studied Business Sciences, how would you
say it relates with your current career as an actress?
Business Sciences came in handy because I use those skills to make my own
projections, setting up targets, strategizing and re-evaluating my progress.
you miss most about South Africa while staying in the U.S?
the people. Their warmth, friendliness, sense of caring and Ubuntu.
Europeans have boundaries whereas South Africans are usually very loud and
friendly people. I missed the food and the music too. Whenever I felt homesick,
I’d lock myself up and play TKZee and go crazy.
would best describe your personality and why?
summer salad with watermelon and cashew nuts. I’m all over the place so the
salad would best describe my bubbly, vivacious and colourful personality.
What is on
your bucket list?
legacy, starting my own empire and helping people especially young women.
What do you
think every woman should try atleast once in her lifetime?
should step out of their comfort zone and travel, doing that helps you to
depend on yourself and to also build your character.
your favourite colour and why?
To look at-
baby blue and white because they have a calming beach effect.
Green because it looks beautiful against my skin and because I’m a nature
in your closet do you wear the most?
the wig I use for work, I enjoy wearing my gowns. In summer I wear a satin gown
and nightdress that make me feel so sexy and in winter I wear my comfortable
cotton gown. I actually have a collection of all sorts of gowns.
your blood boil?
feet. I don’t want people showing me their feet and I don’t want any feet near
me. Apart from that, I’ve learnt not to allow things to get to me anymore.
you the greatest satisfaction?
obstacles and fears.
What do you
do in your free time?
I love to
hike, going for bottomless mimosas with friends and going to church twice on
Sundays to do my duties.
If you had
to have a superpower, what would it be?
To see into
your biggest fear?
It used to
be failure but I’ve gotten over that so my biggest fear would be not having
enough time to do the many things I want to do.
languages do you speak?
language isiXhosa, English and a bit of Afrikaans. I can follow the other South
productions have you been on?
season 2 on e.tv, Doubt on Mzansi Magic, Black Mirror on Netflix, Madiba and
currently Broken Vows also on e.tv.
did you enjoy playing most and why?
The role of
Nandi on Madiba because I had to step out of my comfort zone by being more real
and vulnerable. I also enjoyed having to be so authentic and natural looking in
my bantu nots and with no make- up on. I also got to experience something I’d
never experienced before.
What is the
best gift you’ve ever received?
kindness. I really enjoy that.
What is one
thing you wish you knew when you were younger?
I wish I
knew that adulating would be so hard! I really wish that life had a user
do you live by?
I live by a
scripture: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
What is the
best advice you’ve ever been given?
Are you in
a relationship, married or engaged?
will never know. You can dig as deep as you can but you will never know.