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All you need to know about OPW presenter Nomsa Buthelezi

By Faeza
26 May 2017

SHE captured our attention with her role as Thandi on SABC1’s Abo Mzala and made us fall in love with her character, Slender on Mzani Magic’s Lockdown. Now Nomsa Buthelezi (34) is taking on a new challenge as the presenter of Mzansi Magic’s popular show, Our Perfect Wedding (OPW).

A LIFE-CHANGING OPPORTUNITY

Nomsa says she auditioned for the presenting job on OPW three times before she got it. She will be shooting 10 episodes of the show while the current host, Thembisa Mdoda, takes a break. “I received the news about getting the presenting gig for Our Perfect Wedding while I was sitting at home with my mother. When I got the call, I initially

thought that they wanted me to come through for another audition,” says the actress. But the call was to inform her that she had gotten the job. She adds that God was on her side when she got the job because her life has since changed for the better. According to Nomsa the hardest part for her while shooting OPW was wearing high heels. “I am not really a heels person, so during the first episode, I struggled a bit in them, but I finally got used to

them. I now rock heels effortlessly,” she says. When asked about the part she enjoyed the most during filming, she says the best part is being welcomed by the couples. “I was nervous when going to meet the couples because most of them were expecting Thembisa, but they welcomed me with open arms.”

WISHING TO BREAK THE MOULD

The TV star says after shooting OPW she is going to be shooting season three of Abo Mzala. Nomsa says some people in the industry have put her in a box and only consider her to play certain roles. She would like to be given the opportunity to play more serious roles. The actress and presenter has been blessed with two beautiful children, Olwethu (13) and Lindi (11). In 2013, she was left devastated by the sudden passing of her boyfriend, but has since picked up the pieces and has met someone new. “I can confirm that I am currently in a relationship with someone and I’m extremely happy. It is now

up to him to bring the cows to my parents and marry me,” adds the actress. Reflecting on her journey of mourning, she says people who are broken tend to forget their dreams and only feed on the negativity. She advises them to tap into their inner child because that is where they will remember all the beautiful things they have been dreaming to achieve.

“Young girls need to stop sharing half naked pictures and sex tapes on social media just to fit in. They must focus on loving themselves and accepting that they are different,” she says.

GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT

Nomsa has been a theatre actress for 15 years and ventured into television in 2007 after shooting a TV advert for Absa. She attributes her success to her mentor, actress Linda Sebenzo, who has always been there for her. “I also want to thank my parents for all their love and support. They used to give me R22 everyday to travel to auditions.” She is also grateful to the people from her hometown, Alexandra, for all their love and support.