It was inevitable, she says. She's been working in front of the camera for a while and has been itching to contribute to what goes on behind the scenes.
She then decided to take the plunge and become a producer.
Former Isibaya actress Ayanda Borotho has already put her expanding skill set to good use as executive producer of the new Mzansi Magic show, Nqobile.
She has been in the entertainment industry for years, while on Isibaya and the move to behind the camera was the next logical step, she says.
“My path was always going to lead me here, it was inevitable. Producing itself is not the hardest part. I think the hard part is the challenges that are brought with working with people. When I was on Isibaya was an employee and now here I am the employer and so the dynamics are different. It is no longer about playing your part and finding where you fit in the puzzle, it is about being responsible for the entire puzzle,” she says.
This has been a time for personal growth for her because it has allowed another side of her to come to the fore.
“I have always seen myself as multidimensional and I do not want to be boxed as a storyteller. I think telling this story is important because there are many Nqobile’s out there, women are constantly having to fight for their space. So, this falls into line with my purpose and ministry.
“Here we wanted to unpack the dynamics of a strong woman who finds herself being oppressed. Don’t get me wrong, I am not inherently against patriarchy, I am just against toxic patriarchy because it can be positive. We see positive patriarchy being shown by George (played by Magic Hlatshwayo) and we will see how toxic matriarchy can be detrimental in Sarah (played by Nomsa Nene) as the story unfolds. Someone once said nothing messes up a child like an absent father and a dominant mother.”
Ayanda wants to create stories that encourage introspection and conversations about how, as a people, communities can change when everyone decides to do better.
“It is all about choices. A lot of us are broken children walking around in adult bodies. It is up to us to choose to heal so that we can be better for ourselves, each other and our community,” she says.
Nqobile airs on Mzansi Magic on Mondays and Ayanda says the response from the public from the first episode has be phenomenal.
“The response has been so positive, and we are grateful. We knew that the first episode would be triggering for some people, but we deliberately did it this way because we wanted to set the tone. We believe that we cannot heal what we do not reveal because these are things that happen behind closed doors."
Nqobile is the ill-treated makoti of the Nkosi family dynasty who manages to outsmart her entitled, abusive husband and take over his empire. She transforms it into a women-led e-hailing service, and with newfound grit, indirectly declares war against her spouse.
The star studded cast includes Nqobile 'Nunu' Khumalo as Nqobile Nkosi, Kagiso Modupe, Magic Hlatshwayo, Nomsa Nene, Lele Ledwaba, Lilian Dube, Abdul Khoza, Nhlanhla Mdlalose, and Ayanda Bandla.