‘Play very far from her’ – DiepCity's Ringo warns men to lay off his Khelina

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DiepCity actor, Obed Baloyi
DiepCity actor, Obed Baloyi

He's one half of the most popular couple on SA TV right now.

His name is on everyone's lips and he's the poster boy for 'what not to do' when it comes to getting into a new relationship. But now he's got one goal in mind, to win his dear Khelina's heart. 

And nothing will stand in his way. DiepCity’s Ringo, fondly known as Ringtone, has clearly marked his territory with Khelina. She is his, even with their ups and downs.

It's been interesting playing the hopelessly in love Ringo, actor Obed Baloyi tells us. 

So much so that Ringo has taken over the actor's life and he's had to answer for how he's first treated Khelina. But it's all fun. 

“I want to warn majita (men) to play very far from her,” he says jokingly while in character.

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DiepCity actor, Obed Baloyi plays the character of Ringo.

The Soweto actor says this exciting new TV couple has certainly grabbed viewers attention.

He has been on the Mzansi Magic telenovela for months now, an opportunity he doesn’t take for granted.

“This came at a right time. It is a blessing to have a job right now,” he tells us.

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Obed comes from a community theatre background where they told real life stories through acting.

"I love DiepCity because it offers a story that narrates real life, in a shack with people from the township," he says.

He's always been a performer. Even though he wasn't sure that he would spend all his life acting, there were some clues along the way while growing up in Diepkloof. 

"I used to sell vegetables as a boy and I would go house to house selling. People would tease and laugh at how I said certain words when I went to their houses. They would actually ask me to repeat over and over again," he laughs.

Even in his high school days he was the class clown, he confesses.


"During riots in the 80s, I remember going to school and there were soldiers in the street. I picked up a wig while going to school and soldiers called me to see if I was okay mentally, then they started laughing and told me to go to school. When I got inside the school yard, I got a standing ovation from schoolmates," Obed says.

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When he looks back at his journey, he can't help but be proud of what he has been able to achieve. He's a self-taught performer who would put together a show in his head and run with it.

He owes some of it to Ga Mchangani, a popular community play that made him a household name among artists in Market Theatre n 1997.

"A child would pay R2 to see the show until it reached Market Theatre level where it won accolades. It was then I became proud and more serious about my gift. That moment was really my breakthrough."

A few things have kept him going over the years, Obed shares.

"Being original, hope and persevering. God gave me this talent so I trust prayer and I work hard.

"I am honest with myself even when there are new actors and new styles of acting but I believe in what I do."

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