Gcina Nkosi, born on 10 July 1971 (age – 52 years old), is a South African born actress. She is well known for playing Zinzile Ngema on Scandal etv. Gcina is from Umlazi, KwaZulu Natal province. She attended Zwelibanzi High school in KwaZulu Natal.
Real Name: Gcina Nkosi
Born: 10 July 1971 (52 years old)
Place of birth: Umlazi, Kwa-Zulu Natal
Acting name: Zinzile Ngena from Scandal etv
From: Umlazi, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Nationality: South African
Early life and personal life of Gcina Nkosi
Gcina Nkosi is 52 years old South African actress born on 10 July 1971. She was born in Umlazi in KwaZulu Natal and was raised by her mother and grandmother. Gcina is well known for her role on Scandal as Zinzile Ngema, a wife to Mlungisi Ngema. Gcina is the youngest of six children and her mom was a cleaner at a factory and a site steward. Her father was involved in politics and spent years in prison. He passed away shortly after being released from prison in 1987.
Education of Gcina
Gcina attended Zwelibanzi High school in KwaZulu Natal. After that she went further to Durban University of Technology (DUT) to study drama, she had to drop out because of money issues.
Gcina’s mother was intelligent and she wanted to acquire a university degree but her father denied. Her father believed that his wife (Gcina’s mother) was his property and wife, and that he must control her. As a result, Gcina was determined to make it in life so she went further with her education until University where she dropped out because she didn’t have funds to further her studies.
Even though she dropped out of University she didn’t give up on her dreams, she kept auditioning for acting roles until she finally got one. Gcina “Zinzile Ngema” started her acting career in 2009 on Scandal eTV South Africa. She has more than 10 years since she started acting on Scandal. Gcina is famously known for her role on Scandal as Mrs Zinzile Ngema, the wife to Mr Mlungisi Ngema. The couple has got a mutual respect for each other as they follow the Africa culture in their home. They encourage their three children to work hard at school and to have humility.
Gnina Nkosi relates with her role as Zinzile Ngema because the character she portrays reminds her of mother. Zinzile Ngema believes that women have a right to education but her husband Mlungisi Ngema is against women’s education because he is rooted in African traditions. This is why Gcina relates to Zinzile because her mother also faced with the same challenge with her husband.
Gcina Nkosi was stuck in Kwa-Zulu Natal during the Zuma riots
While people were looting and rioting in Kwa-Zulu Natal; Gcina Nkosi was on a holiday with her family. However, it wasn’t as sweet as she had hoped as people were burning everything and looting. Gcina said that she was scared this whole time and in frustration. In fact, she couldn’t return to work in Jo’burg as a result of the riots because there was no transport.
This was a set back and she had to wait for things to cool down. However, Gcina was also disappointed by the inefficiency of the government to put a halt to this. She however did not condone the violence and said it was very wrong but also that the government was clearly not on the people’s side. After the riot ended, Gcina returned to Jo’burg and resumed her work.