Actress, singer Amanda shines

2016-04-14 06:00
Amanda Mtambo is forging ahead with life regardless of challenges.  PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Amanda Mtambo is forging ahead with life regardless of challenges. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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It seems no amount of hardship could put a teenager from Lower Crossroads down as she keeps soldiering-on to achieve her dreams.

Amanda Mtambo, 18, wears a broad smile as she tells her story and her achievements are evident.

Mtambo was chosen to represent the country in the World Children’s Prize, which is an organisation fighting for the rights of children globally.

She has been in this international platform since 2013 and she is due to leave her post this year. when her term expires

Among other things that she prides herself with is the opportunity she was given by to be the news anchor for the day on June 16, Youth Day.

She is also an actress, and has performed in various shows at the Baxter Theatre and Arts Cape and she is a lead singer for her band, Makukhanye.

She lost her mother, Nokuthula to Tuberculosis (TB) in 2008. As if that was not enough, her sister, Sindi, 23, also succumbed to an illness last month- and on the day she was performing at the Artscape-leaving her the only child.

A Chris Hani Secondary School alumni, Mtambo is currently doing her first year studying towards an acting diploma with City Varsity’s School of Media and Creative Arts.

“Even thought I wish my mother was still alive, I am strong enough to accept my situation. There are children who do not have parents, but they still see the future. I have learnt that it will not help me to sit in the corner and cry...I have to go out there and dig for the opportunities that are available,” she said.

She said she was grateful to Pamela Sasa, who has since adopted her, for being there for her to ensure that she achieved her dreams of becoming a fully-fledged actress in the future.

“I am privileged to represent the country in the World Children’s Prize and for all my achievements. You learn that some children are made soldiers at a very young age in other countries. Others are raped and experience traumatic things,” Mtambo added.

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