Poised to be princess

Mpho has caught the at­ten­tion of a very in­flu­en­tial man in Thathe – Chief Azwin­dini!

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Mpho (Azwimm­bavhi Ramm­buda) is back in the king­dom of Thathe on Thurs­day 13 Oc­to­ber when the ex- girl­friend of lo­cal san­goma Mulim­isi (Hum­bu­lani Tsha­rani) helps her friend Ren­dani (In­no­cen­tia Makapila) heal af­ter her car crash in Septem­ber. That’s when Mpho meets Chief Azwin­dini (Gabriel Te­mudzani), who’s quite the ladies man…


Mpho and Azwin­dini get chatty on Fri-day 14 Oc­to­ber and says Azwimm­bavhi, “The chief is there when Mpho ac­com­pa­nies Ren­dani to the Royal House, where the two girls are go­ing to spend time while Ren­dani’s in­juries can heal. The ac­ci­dent left Ren­dani with whiplash and Thathe is the ideal place for her to rest and not be dis­tracted.” As for Chief Azwin­dini, he’s dis­tracted by Mpho’s beauty and he sees some-thing special about her. Per­haps some-thing special enough to make Mpho a po­ten­tial Royal wife…


The light flirt­ing continues on Mon­day 17 Oc­to­ber and says Azwi, “The chief looks for any ex­cuse to chat to Mpho.” But he’s go­ing to have to use all of his tricks to stay in con­tact with her – Muk­w­evho el­der Vho-Masindi (Regina Ne­sen­gani) no­tices the chem­istry be­tween Chief Azwin­dini and the young woman on Tues­day 18 Oc­to­ber. “The friend­li­ness [be­tween Azwin­dini and Mpho] wor­ries Vho-Masindi, so she de­cides to put a stop to it be­fore it goes any fur­ther,” adds Azwi.

On Wed­nes­day 19 Oc­to­ber, VhoMasindi drops hints to Mulim­isi that his ex- girl­friend Mpho has re­turned and that they should rekin­dle their re­la­tion­ship be­cause a beau­ti­ful girl like Mpho won’t stay avail­able for long. While play­ing match­maker for Mpho and Mulim­isi, Vho-Masindi is do­ing the op­po­site for Azwin­dini and Mpho, telling her chief to be wary of the young lady and warn­ing him to stay away from her.


Mpho’s beauty has cap­ti­vated Azwin­dini. But Azwin­dini is the head of the king­dom and he isn’t about to be told what to do by an old woman, even when it is an es­teemed el­der like Vho-Masindi. It’s not long be­fore the Thathe chief is com­pletely be­sot­ted with Mpho and while he’s flirt­ing with her on Thurs­day 20 Oc­to­ber, Azwimm­bavhi hints that “there are feel­ings be­tween the chief and Mpho, but at this stage, noth­ing is cer­tain”. The next day, Friday 21 Oc­to­ber, is a very good day for Azwin­dini be­cause he learns that Mpho isn’t just any Venda girl – she’s the daugh­ter of a neigh­bour­ing royal fam­ily.

“When he finds out about Mpho’s back­ground, the chief is de­lighted as that makes him want to spend more time with his new love in­ter­est,” says Azwi. Pity that Azwin­dini’s im­me­di­ate dreams of unit­ing the two royal houses ap­pears to have gone down the drain on Mon­day 24 Oc­to­ber – Mpho van­ishes into thin air [only for a short while, un­be­knownst to Azwin­dini], leav­ing the chief up­set and blam­ing him­self for scar­ing off his chances at a beau­ti­ful young wife.


It turns out the truth isn’t all that dif­fer­ent from fic­tion – Azwimm­bavhi re­ally is a Venda princess. But un­like a lot of other real-world roy­als, the 28-year- old isn’t a spoilt brat and she be­lieves in hard work. “I have al­ways had a pas­sion for mu­sic and drama,” she says. Play­ing Mpho since 2014 on Mu­vhango (1997- cur­rent) is her first big act­ing role – Azwimm­bavhi au­di­tioned in 2014 af­ter grad­u­at­ing with her Bach­e­lor Of Arts de­gree in Drama & Me­dia. “I hus­tled to get here. It wasn’t easy be­cause I au­di­tioned sev­eral times be­fore be­ing cast,” she adds. Be­sides act­ing, Azwimm­bavhi, who’s cur­rently sin­gle, is also a house mu­si­cian and a part-time model for cor­po­rate shows. But she does have time for her­self and her young daugh­ter, whom she had when she was in her third year of univer­sity. “When I’m not mak­ing time for fam­ily or my ca­reer, I’m watch­ing TV and one of the shows that I’m ob­sessed with right now, other than Mu­vhango, is Break­ing Bad (2008-2013).”

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