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Connie Chuime has been in the entertainment industry for 40 years

By Faeza
09 June 2017

THE year 2017 kicked off on a great note for seasoned actress Connie Chuime (64). With

only five months into the year, the actress has featured in an American film and also celebrated 40 years in the entertainment industry.


While many could only dream about acting in a Marvel Productions movie, Connie has ticked that goal off her bucket list. The actress recently landed a role in the upcoming international movie, Black Panther, where she stars alongside the renowned Lupita Nyongo, Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman and Michael B Jordan. “I auditioned for a role in the movie right here in South Africa. When I got to the auditions, I was the only woman there and I got the role,” says Connie. In January she flew to Atlanta, in the United States, for a week and shot a few scenes for the movie. She then went back in March for the entire month. “Working on a production of that magnitude was a wonderful experience. Everything they do is very professional,” says the actress. The movie is set to be on the big screen next year February.


Recently the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality celebrated the actress’ success of acting in an international film and her 40th anniversary in the entertainment industry by hosting a gala dinner. “I was very emotional during the celebration. It was a true honour to be appreciated by the metro. I thank them and hope they continue doing so for colleagues who achieve certain milestones,” says the award-winning actress. STAGE DEBUT While most of her fans know her as MaMokete from Rhythm City, the actress has appeared on a number of TV productions such as Home Affairs, Yizo Yizo 3, Soul City and Generations.

Connie, who initially worked as a teacher, got into the entertainment industry by chance 40 years ago. She saw an advert calling for people to audition for a production in 1977, and left teaching to pursue acting. Her first stage play was called Sola Sola. “At the time, I just wanted to quench the urge of performing on a stage. I did not know that I would be in this industry for so long,” says Connie.


The actress has been blessed with four children – Itumeleng (42), Willy (34), Nothando (22) and Nongelo (27). Nongelo and Nothando are currently trying their hand at entertainment and Connie is always there to support them. She also advises fans who want to join the industry to also go to school. “In the line of work that I am in, you are a permanent freelancer, so it is very important to have other sources of income in case you do not get any acting gigs for a certain period. If you are not passionate about acting and just looking for fame, don't go into this industry because it's tough,” says the Avbob ambassador.