She's starting the year on a different journey.
In it, she joins celebrities like Gigi Lamayne, Boity Thulo, Baby Cele, Nandi Nyember and Dawn Thandeka King, who have all accepted a calling.
Media personality Zodwa Wabantu (36) shocked her followers when she shaved her head and started posting pictures wearing sangoma gear, in a lake.
In her latest picture, she is holding two horns and inside a river with traditional sangoma gear, captioned, “Nkosazana Yamanzi”.
She tells Drum she is embarking on a journey of spiritual awakening and is in the process of accepting amadlozi (her ancestors).
She knew she was different, and that her street smarts and emotional intelligence were “superior” but she did not once imagine that she would be called to be a sangoma.
“This is not something that I can say I knew about when I was a child,” she says.
“I started having dreams in September last year and they just kept getting serious towards December, I knew they were not normal. I got dreams and get a message to visit home and get something from a tree. I dreamt of beads, something not everyone dreams of, even sangomas would do a lot for them to get a direct message like that. I then consulted with the sangoma that I often see for cleansings and consultations, and he put everything into perspective for me,” Zodwa adds.
She is ready for the task given to her by her ancestors.
“I am currently in the process of accepting my ancestors. But I was advised not to rush myself. My calling is not necessary to go somewhere and thwasa but I should wait, everything will be revealed to me at the right time. But I went to Phahla emamzini (Pray in water), and my ancestor is Inkosaza ya yamanzi (Princess of the water),” she says.
Zodwa says since she started this journey, everything has made sense.
“Everything that I’ve gone through in my life now makes sense, even the fame,” she says.
“Everyone that is gifted with fame and or blessed beyond, is not alone. I am not talking about material things but people who foresee things, who can see through people and situations are guided by the universe,” she says.
“You have to have a clean life, mentally, spiritually and you will see things for what they are, the universe will communicate with you. I have seen everything. I see things for what they really are because of my ancestors.”
Zodwa says she does not have many industry friends because of her ancestors.
“They protect and guide me,” she says. “I also buy watches, earrings, and sunglasses but I lose everything because my ancestors don’t want them. They don’t want me to do make-up,” she adds.
“I just cut my hair. I woke up feeling frustrated and crazy while my life is in fact beautiful, but it was not about me but them directing me.”
Zodwa grew up poor and she now understands why.
“They (ancestors) decided that is how I will grow up and then they gave me Zodwa Wabantu, who is making money and has enough to buy what you need and live well and then reveal themselves to me. If things didn’t happen this way, I might not have been able to accept them,” she says.
“They did not take away from me. Sometimes they take cars and houses to show themselves. It’s now up to me to accept and do what I need to do. But I made it very clear to them that I love money and they must not touch it and they must not touch the man I am dating because I love sex,” she adds.
Zodwa recently met a man who told her about her bright future.
“It was not a coincidence. I was out and not working dunusa (dancing) and a guy who I don’t even know walked up to me and told me what is coming is even bigger than Zodwa Wabantu and I am ready.” The mom of one is currently busy shooting a new season of her reality show on Moja Love.
“I’m planning to reveal all the reality show coming up.” She is also in the process of buying land and getting her liquor license to open a car wash and eatery in Mpumalanga.
“There is a lot in store for me this year, people must watch.”