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Up close and personal with Boikie Pholo

By Faeza
13 October 2016

ACTOR Boikie Pholo (76), who is best known for playing Raitlhwana in the 1990s television sitcom Lesilo Rula, says he was born to be an entertainer. Although he is a qualified teacher, it wasn’t long before he pursued his dream of becoming an actor. He has appeared in a number of television shows, and says he does not plan to leave the entertainment industry anytime soon.

BEING A TEACHER

Born in a small town of Orkney in the North West, Boikie says he grew up like any other child. He was always determined to succeed, and never wanted to disappoint his parents.

“I was well taken care of as a child and my daily motto was to make it in whatever I wanted to do. I was eager and hungry for success, but also wanted to be a responsible person who would one day take good care of his family,” he says.

CAREER PATH

After high school, Boikie went to Batswana College in Joburg, where he qualified as a teacher. “In 1977, I taught at Boitumelo Primary School at Joubertina in Klerksdorp. I loved teaching, but that was not something that I wanted to do for the rest of my

life,” he says. Boikie says he always knew that he could be a successful actor. “I was passionate about becoming an actor, that’s why I worked part-time at a small production company,” he says.

THE FIRST GIG

Being a teacher was never enough for him as he wanted to explore and experience the

entertainment industry, so it did not take long for him to leave his teaching career. “My wife was really upset with me when I decided to quit my job as a teacher,” he says.

“At that time, the industry was very quiet and I went for about two to three months without work. The first gig that I got was in a radio drama called Mabopane in 1986. I even got nominated for A veteran in the entertainment industry, Boikie Pholo shares with Vincent Phahlane how becoming an actor has always been part of him