These two look so much alike even their mom gets them mixed up, so it’s no surprise fans of e.tv’s Imbewu: The Seed have a hard time believing there are two actresses playing the parts of Zakithi and Futhi.
Nokwanda and Nokubonga (34) don’t mind the occasional confusion and love working together. “We try to forget that we’re sisters and just do the work,” Nokubonga says.
While they look the same, the twins have very different personalities: Nokubonga is outgoing and Nokwanda is more reserved.
Not surprisingly, Nokubonga always wanted to be an actress. “It was just in me ever since I can remember,” she says.
But for Nokwanda, the bug bit a little later. “The passion was slower for me but I have always loved singing and performing for the family.”
The pair made their joint onscreen debut in Imbewu although they’ve performed together previously. In 2003 they took part in the play Madiba’s Magic Song at the Grahamstown Arts Festival.
For fun, the sisters sometimes trick people into believing they’re each other.
“But we’ve never done anything hectic. I’ve called myself Nokwanda too many times to get myself out of trouble – to a point I even believed I was her!” Nokubonga says, laughing.