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