Tinah Mnumzana is a 55-year-old South African actress, poet and pastor best known for playing Mam’ Flora Moloi on 1Magic drama series The River. She became one of the most prominent actresses after starring as Florence in Isidingo and Constance in Scandal!. She also played a starring role as Silindile Mahlangu in the SABC1 political thriller television series Ihawu le Sizwe.
Full name: Tinah Arcia Mnumzana
Date of birth: October 6, 1967 (age – 54 years old)
Place of birth: Bloemfontein, Free State Province
Nationality: South African
Occupation: Actress, Poet, Pastor
TV Shows: The River, Generations, Scandal, Ihawu le Sizwe.
Marital status: Divorced
Children: 2 (Bokang and Nonkululeko)
Early life of Tinah Mnumzana
Tinah Mnumzana was born on October 6, 1967 in Bloemfontein, Free State Province in South Africa.
Education of Tinah Mnumzana
She attended Moemedi High school, a state secondary school in Bloemfontein. She furthered her studies in arts related studies at two accredited institutions, which are, Moving Into Dance Mophatong and Soyikwa Institute of African Theatre.
Acting career of Tinah Mnumzana
Tinah’s acting career began in theatres which was a transition from theatre plays she participated in during her acting training. Her theatre credits are long and they include working on productions with directors such as Martin Koboekae, Jerry Mofokeng, Joyce Levinson, Arthur Molepo, Walter Chakela, Gerben Kamper, Selaelo Maredi, Owen de Jager, Danny Moleko and Mcedisi Shabangu.
She also received awards and nominations for her theatre career. Her theatre awards include a nomination for an FNB Vita Award for Best Supporting Actor for Maru and wins for The Diary and Dance Kopano.
After establishing her acting career in theatre and acquiring enough experience, Tinah diverted into television acting career. She became prominent after playing the roles in numerous television serials which include playing Florence in Isidingo, Constance in Scandal! and Dikeledi in Gold Diggers.
She also played a starring role as Silindile Mahlangu in the SABC1 political thriller television series Ihawu le Sizwe. In January 2018 she began to play another starring role as Mam’ Flora Moloi on 1Magic drama series The River which plays re-runs in Mzansi Magic. She played Flora on The River from season one until the current season in 2022.
Her other television serials where she appeared in include Muvhango, Crossover, Natural Rhythms, Mtunzini.com, Nna Sajene Kokobela, Phamokate, Bophelo ke Semphego, Justice for All, Soul City, Dit Wat Stom Is, Erfsondes, Binneland, 7de Laan, Scandal!, Jozi-H, Noah’s Ark, Zero Tolerance, ER, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and Feast of the Uninvited. [ ¹]
Films where Tinah Arcia Mnumzana
Her career in films and television serials dates as far as 1994 when she appeared in Soul City. In 2003 she played as a healthy worker in Beat The Drum and 2004 she played Matron in Yesterday.
In 2016 she starred in Dora’s Peace as Dora’s mother. In the film, Dora, a Hillbrow prostitute shields a gifted young boy from the violent clutches of organized crime. In the process she may discover aspects of her own lost humanity. Her other films credits include Black Sails (film series), Machine Gun Preacher, Hatchet Hour, State of Violence and many others films. [ ²]
Personal life of Tinah Mnumzana
Tinah Mnumzana was married to her husband in 1992 after dating for quite a number of years. They were blessed with two children in their marriage, Bokang and Nonkululeko. In 1995, three years later after tying a knot, they divorced and went their separate ways.
In 2003, while working on Isidingo, Tinah bought a house in Xavier Reef, south of Johannesburg, for herself and her two kids. But her joy was short-lived as the house was soon repossessed in 2005 after failing to pay the bond. According to her it was a sign of her spiritual calling which she was told of since 1992 by pastors, that if she ignored she was going to lose certain things in life. She didn’t just lose her house but acting contracts started to dry up.
In May 2016, she finally accepted her calling and was ordained as a preacher. Jobs resumed after she was ordained as a preacher, including a role on the American adventure series Black Sails, in which she co-starred with Moshidi and Tony Kgoroge. Mnumzana has also been a rape victim, having been the subject of four sexual incidents since she was a toddler. [ ³]
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