RISING STAR | Actress Sikelelwa Vuyeleni on her new role on Mzansi Magic’s new drama Vula Vala

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Local actress Sikelelwa Vuyeleni, stars in Mzansi Magic soccer drama, Vula Vala.
Local actress Sikelelwa Vuyeleni, stars in Mzansi Magic soccer drama, Vula Vala.
Siphokazi Khumalo Mthembu

Sikelelwa Vuyeleni is no stranger to TV. She's made appearances on Mzansi Magic, Moja Love and e.tv. 

The 22-year-old final year film student has always had a passion for the arts.

She got her first professional role on the e.tv drama, Traffic 1, and she's been working ever since.

She has acted on Mzansi Magic shows such as Isikizi, Umalume, Ukuphila Kabili and Ingozi yothando.

Sikelelwa also starred in Moja Love’s first Telenovela Hope where she played one of the lead actors on the show.

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“Starring in Moja Love’s Hope opened up more doors, and I enjoyed it because the channel itself was new and things were fresh and being apart of it showed me that I could do some much within the industry,” she tells DRUM.

Sikelelwa is now apart of a star-studded cast on Mzansi Magic’s new soccer drama ‘Vula Vala’ with legendary actors such as Tina Jaxa, Sello Maake Ka-Ncube, and Darlington Michaels. The series will premiere on Sunday 4 October.

In the drama series she plays Sello Maake Ka-Ncube's daughter.

“I play a 23-year-old girl called Owami Kwena, whose father is a soccer mogul who owns a soccer club. The character I play is very artistic, she is a visual artist and a photographer. I'm basically low-key playing myself,” she jokes.

“Owami is not interested in soccer or any of her family’s dealing but as the story unfolds, she grows an interest in soccer, for her own personal reasons. I like her,” she shares.

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“I am still in disbelief that I have had the opportunity to work along side Tina Jaxa and very closely with Sello Maake Ka-Ncube. They have made the set feel like home, they do not make you feel like you are dealing with icons and legends. They have taken us with warm hearts and warm arms, and they make us like we belong. Its been humbling to be alongside such greats.”

"I have a future in acting, I enjoy it, it makes me happy. I don’t think there is anything I would rather do"

She says her character is very close to home and that she is excited for people to see this series as it will be airing on prime time where many people will get to see her in action every Sunday.

“I know that being a part of this drama series will definitely shake up my career and my position in the industry. It will launch me into the acting space and people will eventually recognize my work.”

Sikelewa says that she is afraid of fame and being in the spotlight. Becoming famous has not been her focus.

“I want to be known for the quality of work I produce; I don’t want to be popular or famous. I know the fame comes with the job, people on set have been asking me if I am ready for fame. I don’t think I understand how much my life is about to change.”

She has dreams of growing in the acting industry and even directing a few productions herself.

“I would like to see myself on more South African productions, I have also realized that I want to launch myself firmly behind the scenes. There is so much life behind the scenes that people don’t see, people see actors not knowing the magicians that contribute to making TV shows what they are.”

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