Thuthuka Mthembu who is well known for her role on Uzalo as Nonkanyiso has scored for her self a degree in television, writing and directing from Afda.
According to Sunday world, Nonka from Uzalo whose real name is Thuthuka Mthembu has been studying for this degree through the difficult times of the pandemic of Covid19. Thuthuka said that the pandemic itself taught her that education is very valuable these days.
Nonka started her studies in 2017 but had abandoned them in order to pursue her dream of acting. But she later realized, during the covid19 pandemic, that her studies were more important than acting. She noticed that acting was not as glamorous as she thought. If it wasn’t of the pandemic, Nonka would’ve not returned to her studies, but thanks be to the pandemic that made her realise that acting was not solid without a degree on the side.
“Aspiring actors should always seek to better their talents. They also need to remain teachable. Some of their best teachers are the people they work with on set, even though they may not actively school you, it’s important to take note of how they prepare themselves for a scene.” she said.
Thuthuka Mthembu Instagram post announcing her new acquired degree reads
“I feel so incredibly empowered. Like there is nothing I cannot do. Which essentially is true, this degree affirms it!
Being at afda has encouraged me to go head to head with some of my challenges, and live to tell the tale.
It’s been an incredible journey, I am so much better because of it!”
It has been challenging for Nonka to return to school
The 22 years old said that returning to school during the pandemic was difficult and challenging since there was a lot of adjustments that were made pertaining how school work is done.
“It definitely forces you to develop time management skills, as well as planning ahead, You have to be extremely aware of time, handling time well means no aspect of your life has to steal time from the other,” she said detailing the challenges associated with the pandemic and schooling.
Thuthuka Mthembu said she is now looking forward to have her own television project as a producer, in the mean while she will be entertaining her fans with her continuous appearance on Uzalo as Nonka.