ESTEEMED actor Nkokheli ‘Oros’ Mampofu (26), who is popularly known for the character he once played as Jama on Skeem Saam, is one versatile actor. He started in the
entertainment industry about three years ago and he says he has grown tremendously. He
describes himself as an explorer and adventurous person who likes to learn about people. Talking to Move!, the Eastern Cape-born star shares his journey
in his craft.
THE LUCKY SPECIAL
He has proved to many that he is good at what he does and he is here to stay. He became part of a national production where he played a leading actor for the first time in a movie called The Lucky Special that was recently screened. He says the film is about a cover
band of musicians that sing at a bar to pursue their love for music. He plays the character of Mandla, who is a lead singer in the band. The film is about his life. “Mandla is a young charismatic boy from a dusty town in southern Africa. He has always loved music, but because of the strong influence around him, he was forced to work as a miner,” he says.
“Due to working in the mine, he gets infected with TB and that makes the band suffer. However, when he finally recovers, the band is reunited and things work out for the best for them.” Oros says he has learnt a lot from the character he played and it has also helped him to grow as a person and an actor. “With playing Mandla, I got to learn a lot about
TB and how people should treat and look after themselves,” he says, adding, “It was more of a learning curve and people should look out for the film as it will be shown on SABC very soon.”
LOVE FOR HIS CRAFT
Oros says what he loves the most about his craft is the fact that he can explore human behaviour and he gets to experience different characters. He is now shooting for drama series Igazi on Mzansi Magic. He says he is also working on another drama series that he won’t say much about. He says for him to be where he is now, he is grateful for the support he gets from his family. “At home we were taught to always be there for each other and that is exactly what we do,” he says. “My elder sister is also an actress; she plays the
character of Zikhona on SABC1’s Ingozi. We support each other and always pray for each other’s dreams.” He says his dream is to become the best in his craft and to do things on a greater scale. “In my career, I want to inspire other up and coming actors. But mostly, to educate and to empower people into a space of growth. I want to help people gain their self-esteem and I will do that through my project called Running With Oros (RWO),” says the actor