Five minutes with Hlubi Mboya

By Drum Digital
17 September 2014

We caught up with the dynamic actress, activist and self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie in Soweto, where she donated multilingual books to a child care centre.

Actress and activist Hlubi Mboya - best known for her role as Nandipha Sithole on SABC 3 drama series Isidingo- is equally as popular for her work with organisations centred around giving back.

She spent her day at the Ebenezer Child Development Programme in Dobsonville, Soweto, where she read to the centre's kids and shared multilingual books with them.

Together with Nal'ibali - a programme geared at encouraging children to read for enjoyment - Hlubi shared in her love for storytelling with the excited toddlers.

We caught up with the beauty as she caught her breath, between reading and making sure each child got a hug, kiss and "Love you!" from the petite Hlubi.

Hlubi takes a picture with Kopano, who also received a book. Hlubi takes a picture with Kopano, who also received a book.

  • How was your day at Ebenezer today?

"Today's been so emotional for me. I burst into tears when the children recited a bible verse earlier and had to leave the room," she says of her day at Ebenezer.

"It's in these small communities that we don't hear too much about where teachers are working on small miracles everyday that some of our greatest leaders of tomorrow will come from," she beams.

No stranger to giving back, Hlubi is often on the road doing work for communities many have forgotten. "I choose what speaks to me, I work on projects that have a voice. This was a no-brainer for me because, like these children, I love storytelling. I live storytelling."

worldfoodprogramme Hlubi working with the World Food Programme on the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.

  • Since leaving Isidingo, we've seen you take on unexpected roles. Has this been challenging?

"It's been exhiliratng, breaking that mold, and there is so much more to come. I've enjoyed stretching my potential and look forward to doing more of that. Trust me, I've only just scratched the surface!"

  • What's next for Hlubi?

"I'm working on a theatre production for 2015 and will be working with a director with whom I've worked recently, whose work was widely enjoyed eMzansi (laughs)."

Hmmm, was that a hint at Donovan Marsh of iNumber Number and Spud? We can only hope so!

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