After years of being an actress who starred in various productions such as SABC 1’s Nomzamo and Mzansi Magic’s Isibaya, Ayanda Borotho has gone behind the scenes and has produced a new show called Nqobile on Mzansi Magic.
Starring seasoned actors such as Nqobile Khumalo, Lillian Dube, Kagiso Modupe, and Magic Hlatshwayo, amongst others, Borotho says the story is about the rise of a woman who has been disempowered.
“She’s in an abusive marriage but has a father-in-law who really believes in her," Borotho tells us.
"Her husband, on the other hand, doesn’t really believe in her but feels like she has always outshined him. When the father dies, he leaves everything behind for her - including the company - and what then ensues is the battle of power between the two regarding the company. She goes on to use the power she has in the business to negotiate her power in her relationship and in her personal life."
Borotho says it was inevitable for her to come up with a concept that liberates women and challenges society to reflect on the societal issues that we are facing now.
“I advocate on such issues on my social media platforms and even in my book, so I think that this is just an elevation of my purpose. God has given us a bigger and wider platform to access more people in terms of telling their stories,” she says.
“To be able to tell the story in a way that really digs deep around the nuances of GBV (gender-based violence) and the things that evoke a type of feeling that makes people relate to it is what was very important for me,” she added.
She tells TRUELOVE more about producing and her plans for the future.
Spreading a truthful message
Although she has been in the industry for years, Borotho says that she did come across some challenges as a producer.
“A personal challenge in terms of telling the story has been having to find the balance between drama, entertainment and truth. For me, the truth always has to override the drama and drama does not always have to be guns and such things, it can also just be telling the truth. So I’ve had to convince channel that this angle would also work,” she reveals.
Borotho continued to explain that the main message she hopes to spread with the show is that it is never too late to start over.
“As a people, we should always be reflective of where we are in our lives whether it is by choice or what other people are imposing. There’s always an opportunity to start again and sometimes we may feel like we’re in a dark place, but we’re actually in a season of planting. I hope people can see their situations as the glass being half full and not half empty,” she explains.
Producing vs acting
Borotho says that as an all-round storyteller, she enjoys being behind the camera as well as being in front of it.
“Being a talent is less stressful because all I’d have to do is to show up to work and deliver my lines as best as I can. However, as a producer, I now have the responsibility of making sure that all the puzzle pieces come together,” she says.
“But producing is just another form of storytelling for me. Being a producer can be challenging and overwhelming but this is a journey of growth which I appreciate. Being behind the lens has also given me an opportunity to tell the stories that I want to tell. I enjoy both roles and I definitely won’t stop acting just because I’m now a producer. There’s pros and cons to both roles, but for as long as I’m telling a story in the form of acting, producing or writing then I’m happy,” she adds.
Finding more opportunities in the second half of the year
As much as she looks forward to resting after being on Isibaya and now producing Nqobile, Borotho also says that she wants to expand her skills in the film industry.
“I don’t know what God is planning for me for the rest of 2021, but I would love to write more and to direct on a global scale. I look forward to seeing what other platforms we can tell our stories on. For me, it’s all about building on what we already have and taking it to a global stage,” she concludes.
Catch the gripping new drama, Nqobile on Mzansi Magic (DSTV Channel 161) and 1Magic (DSTV Channel 103) every Monday at 8pm.