Cape Town - Veteran actress Shoki Mmola reveals how she’s managed to juggle her calling and her career. Even though it doesn’t seem easy, Shoki says it’s a life she’s come to embrace.
The Skeem Saam actress who plays Celia, is delighted to be a practising sangoma despite her demanding job and recently being a single parent after parting ways with her allegedly abusive ex-husband, actor Sello Sebotsane.
Shoki reveals to Move! that she just graduated as a registered traditional healer – meaning she can now issue sick notes to those she consults.
“I’m practising full-time and I have qualified to give people sick notes. Anyone that comes to me I am registered as a traditional healer. It was quite an achievement,” she excitedly reveals.
She is the first to point out that her work as a sangoma has no working hours but assures that she manages just fine.
“I sacrifice sleep. When someone calls and needs you you have to work. Lack some sleep and take a lot vitamins,” she explains.
When asked about her celeb status and being a sangoma, Shoki admits she was worried that it would have a negative impact on her practice.
“I thought no one would take me seriously because now it’s becoming a celeb trend. I was born into this. It was given out of love and that I would do right by it,” she says.
The actress says she’s not a celebrity sangoma because she didn’t answer her calling out of it being a fashion trend.
The mother of two is reluctant to be called a single mom. “I’m not a single mom,” she sternly says. “I want my lovely daughters to look at me and see a great mom,” she adds.
Having to care for her daughters, a demanding acting career and always being on call as a sangoma, Shoki assures us that she does it all with the 24 hours we all have.