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Brighton Ngoma talks about his difficult upbringing and losing his mom

By Faeza
30 September 2016

Actor Brighton Ngoma (30), who plays the role of businessman Quinton on e.tv’s Scandal!, actually has quite a humorous personality. When speaking to Move!, Brighton shows a side that his fans would not associate with his character.

“I’m a fantastic, funny, smart and complex young man who is full of life,” he says, adding

that he did not let his difficult upbringing to bring him down or stop him from pursuing his dreams with determination.

LOSING A PARENT

Brighton reveals to Move! that he never knew his biological father and that he lost his mother at the age of 17.

“I was born in Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga, but I grew up in Johannesburg. My mother and father met at a hospital where my father was a doctor and my mother was a nurse,” he reveals.

He tells us that his father failed his responsibility and left them. “Like most fathers, mine chickened out. I never actually knew him. I think he left when I was around the

age of 5.”

He says losing a parent at a young age is difficult. “You’re forced to grow up and determine your place in the world, but at the same time you lose a sense of innocence. You become your own parent, often not knowing how to receive or give love,” he reflects.

HIS OWN FAMILY

The handsome actor says while growing up, he never had the opportunity of having a closeknit family. “I allowed everyone who became close to me to be my family and I remain loyal to those people. Now I have a loving support group in my friends and family,” he says.

Although he never lived with his mother for long, the popular actor understands the importance of family and having a steady life partner.

“I have been with my girlfriend for eight years and I think that’s long enough to marry her.

Starting a family very soon is also part of the plan,” he shares.

HIS ACTING CAREER

“I grew up around theatre actors. It was always going to be a matter of time before I showcased my own talent. I was fortunate enough to have been given an opportunity

as an untrained actor on Scandal!,” he says, adding that it took a while for him to get used to cameras, acting opposite industry greats and memorising scripts.

He adds that he has a lot in common with his character.

“Quinton’s life story is loosely based on my own; aside from being a

CEO, businessman, having millions of rands, a wife and a son.”