The former Generations actress returns to TV screens after her awards didn't take place
Winnie Ntshaba makes a TV comeback
FORMER Generations actress, Winnie Ntshaba, has returned to screens after the Royalty Soapie Awards didn't take place again this year. The founder of the awards, Winnie, planned to bring back the awards this year after a two year break, however, her plans did not materialise.
FAILED ROYALTY SOAPIE AWARDS
The actress is the brains behind the Royalty Soapie Awards. The awards made their way into the mainstream in 2014, and they ran for two years before being stopped for a ‘refinery break’. Winnie opened up about the awards, saying that the awards would be returning bigger and better. Speaking to Move!, Winnie says that they struggled to get sponsors on board.
“Most of our funders come from government entities; we were affected by issues such as #FeesMustFall. They felt that they could not fund a one-night event when they’re faced with a crisis in the education sector. That to me made sense because I understood where they were coming from,” she says.The star and her team grew the brand and came up with the Royalty Soapie Foundation. Winnie shares that the programme managed to pull in sponsors.
PULLING A NO-SHOW
Everything was set, and all the preparations were done. The nominees and the hosts were revealed, and the date was set. Khabonina Qubeka, Abdul Khoza and Thuli Thabethe were amongst many other talented nominees. The awards were initially scheduled for 16 June, but then changed to 11 August. However, the awards were a no-show.
“Due to the FIFA World Cup in June and in July, an executive decision was made by the directors, to postpone the Royalty Soapie Awards. This decision was reached to allow the South African audience to engage in the excitement and euphoria of this spectacular worldwide event,” organisers said in a statement.
But August came and passed, and the awards never happened.
WINNIE'S TV COMEBACK
Before being fired from Generations, with the other 15 actors, the actress had been playing the famous Khethiwe Ngcobo for 10 years. Winnie shares that she found it difficult to find gigs, saying she still has to go for auditions.
She has returned to screens on Mzansi Magic’s drama, The Herd, where she played a lead role alongside Sello Maake Ka-Ncube, Sihle Ndaba and other talented actors.
On the show, the actress played a witch. In a recent radio interview, the actress shared that even though she prayed for a meaty role, she was never ready to play a witch. She says she even had to consult her pastor before taking on the role. “I know that there are no jokes in the spirit world. The minute you tap into darkness and call on the sources of darkness, it manifests. God doesn’t believe in jokes, whatever you say manifests,” she says, adding that she prayed before tapping into her character.