COVER STORY:

Uzalo’s star talks to Em­pow­ered Youth about her love for tele­vi­sion, fam­ily and her fu­ture plans.

Empowered Youth Magazine - - CONTENTS - By Happy Rikhotso

When Owethu Zulu made her de­but on South Africa’s most watched soap, Uzalo on SABC 1, the love she re­ceived from the view­ers was yon­der amaz­ing.

HOP­ING TO IN­SPIRE:

The New-Cas­tle born young star took the act­ing in­dus­try by storm as she first ap­peared on Uzalo as Kh­wezi. A young girl liv­ing with her fa­ther, Si­mon (Siphiwe Nx­u­malo) and lov­ing grand­mother,

Gogo Mthethwa (Koketso Semoko). “Work­ing along­side such leg­end has really at­tained a vast de­vi­a­tion in my self-con­fi­dence and I am very thank­ful for that,” she states. With the drama’s in­ten­tion to tackle the chal­lenges fac­ing peo­ple with al­binism in Mzansi. Owethu’s role as Kh­wezi touched mil­lions and were left with zilch, but au­then­tic­ity be­hind al­binism. Owethu tells Em­pow­ered Youth that she is very thank­ful for the op­por­tu­nity granted to her to carry on the char­ac­ter. “Know­ing my role has in­spired and taught many peo­ple about al­binism makes me gain enough courage to keep open­ing peo­ple’s eyes to the sad killing of peo­ple liv­ing with al­binism,” she says. Talk­ing from her ex­pe­ri­ence with Uzalo, she says she learned that if we come to­gether as one, we can create such a vast dif­fer­ence to ev­ery al­bino who can­not sur­vive a full life that God has meant for all mankind.

SUP­PORT FROM FAM­ILY:

The 12-year-old lives in the North of Jo­han­nes­burg with her de­voted mother, aunt and sib­lings. “My sib­lings and I have the strong­est bond. We love and laugh more than we fight. They give me so much joy,” she shares. Asked about how her fam­ily sup­ports her in mak­ing sure she does not feel dif­fer­ent, Owethu tells Em­pow­ered Youth; “I do not think my fam­ily even has to sup­port me be­cause I really for­get that I am an al­bino even. It is only when I look at my­self in the mir­ror that I re­mem­ber I am ac­tu­ally lighter than ev­ery­one, but it is like a minute,” she says.

READY TO TAKE THE IN­DUS­TRY BY STORM:

Al­though Owethu’s dream was to be a doc­tor, she ad­mits to not be­ing in­ter­ested in be­ing a doc­tor any­more. “I am con­fi­dent that would not make me happy any­more as I keep lik­ing dif­fer­ent things at dif­fer­ent times. For now, I am just fo­cus­ing on act­ing as a pro­fes­sion,” she tells Em­pow­ered Youth. The de­ter­mined Owethu shares that she would too love to ven­ture into Tele­vi­sion pre­sent­ing.

A SMART YOUNG GIRL:

Speak­ing to Em­pow­ered Youth about her role as Kh­wezi, she points out that Kh­wezi’s per­sona is sim­i­lar to Owethu as she is shy, smart and very ded­i­cated to ed­u­ca­tion just like Kh­wezi. She is cur­rently read­ing “A di­ary of a wimpy kid” se­ries. “I still need to read two more books to com­plete the whole col­lec­tion,” she says. Not lim­it­ing her in­ter­est, Owethu is de­ter­mined to go for her dreams and aim­ing to achieve more.

Owethu Zulu is truly hon­oured to have worked along­side the leg­endary Koketso Semoko and Sphiwe Nx­u­malo.

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