At home with Tumi Morake

By Drum Digital
15 June 2012

Her conventional house with its standard suburban picket fence comes a bit of a surprise given that she’s one of South Africa’s funniest, wackiest women.

But besides her crazy antics on stage and screen Tumi Osei-Tutu, better known as Tumi Morake, is a committed, loving wife and a mother of two.

The award-winning comedian, actress and writer says getting married three years ago was one of the best things that’s ever happened to her. She had fantasized about the white picket-fence existence complete with two-and-a-half kids and the mandatory marital Gomma Gommas.

It didn’t pan out exactly the way she imagined but the bubbly star couldn’t be happier. “I’ve got a green picket fence instead,” the 30-year-old quips when we meet in her Kensington house, in the east of Joburg.

“It’ll be two and a half kids with the dog that we’re going to get. That’s such a symbol of suburban existence, isn’t it?”mshe jokes. “And we didn’t exactly buy the mandatory Gomma Gommas but our leather couches are as Gomma Gommary as it gets.”

Tucked somewhere off the N3 highway close to Eastgate Mall, the house is a little haven for Tumi, her writer and actor husband Mpho Osei-Tutu (30), their children Bonsu (3) and Lesedi (8 weeks) and their helper Mabela.

The lived-in, Tuscan-themed house with its tranquil surroundings is a world away from the modest apartment in Yeoville where the couple lived before.


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