Isono actress Zola Nombona on how being a mom made her fearless

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Isono actress, Zola Nombona.
Isono actress, Zola Nombona.
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For months she's had her son with her every day. She's watched every little milestone and has enjoyed seeing him develop step by step. 

She and Cebelihle were essentially joined at the hip. Now she's had to adjust to being back on set after taking time off to give birth and enjoy her maternity leave. 

Actress Zola Nombona had to get used to being without her son when she was cast for the role of Zoleka on the BET telenovela, Isono.

“I am so obsessed with my son, I could put him in my bag,” she tells Drum.


The actress, who turned 30 in March, says motherhood has given her a spirit of boldness and it has strengthened her faith in God even more.

“The superpower I got from being a mother is the energy of fearlessness.

“After housing a human and birthing a child, there is a super strength that comes in. Like, if I can go through that then the world must try me. There is just a boldness I have now,” she says.

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Motherhood is a beautiful transformative journey, she believes.

However, Zola says she has been intentional in how she wanted to go about it.


Apart from having to adjust her work schedule, nothing major has changed in her life because she has a specific approach to it.

“This is how I wired my life: the child is coming into my life, so I don’t have to change my whole life and create expectations.

“As new mothers we need not forget about ourselves," she adds.

She admits that she does not have the formula. "I don’t think anyone does. Each child is unique and I am learning the balance every day," Zola says.

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Playing Zoleka on Isono was a breather she needed. "I aim to fulfil the fire inside of me," she tells us. 

Zoleka is an absolute switch from her previous character on Lockdown where she was a troubled prisoner.


Her new character is a high powered modern woman. She is at the top of her field as head of production at a sports channel. Zoleka dates Makwande and falls in love with him, she also helps him get the sports analyst job where she works.

But it turns out that mixing business and pleasure might not be such a good idea. 

"We will have to wait and she how it will work out," she laughs.

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Zola would love to dip her hands in many jars. Anything that has to do with creating, writing, producing and everything entertainment, she is keen to take on.

Although this wish has not happened yet, she says she is holding on to the wonderful promise that the Bible gives.

"That God has a plan. For me, it is a faith thing. I am always in a state of expectation and receiving. Even when I don’t know what it is but I know that God has placed something. It keeps me happy to know there is something coming," she adds.  

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