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4 Mzansi Soapie Actresses Who Became Directors

It seems like every other year in Mzansi, an actress-turned-director is born. The truth behind the lens is; that these actresses have taken years of discipline and training to craft their directing skills into perfection and a leap of faith from being yelled “cut” to yelling “cut” and “that’s a wrap” in an industry that’s male-dominated.

Here are 4 talented actresses-turned-directors:

Mabatho Montsho

If Montsho ever told us that she was ever fearful about getting into the director’s chair, we wouldn’t believe her. The actress and fashion designer’s transition into a full-fledged director seemed so natural for Mantsho who is one of the first-ever female directors of our generation. She opened doors for so many women who’d dreamt of being filmmakers and draws her inspiration from art and fashion. Her breakout roles included; Thembi Phakade on Rhythm City in 2007, Jacob’s wife (Lerato) in Jacob’s Cross on MNET, and Mr. Bones 2. She’s directed shows like ETV’s Scandal and SABC 1’s sitcom; Thuli no Thulani and so many more.

Nozipho Nkelemba

To a lot of people it seems like Nkelemba only did one role; Charlotte (Stone Khuze’s girlfriend) on Rhythm City and then ‘poof’ disappeared from our screens to do what she really loves; directing. But Nkelemba has done numerous novellas, soapies, movies and she’s still at it. She’s currently directing Mzansi’s number one show; Gomora under Seriti films, previously directed The Herd also under Seriti Films, and was a casting director on eKasi+ drama series Hustle as well as SABC 2’s Keeping Score. She’s taken on three roles on SABC 2; 90 Plein Street, Heartlines, and When We Were Black and featured in films such as The Forgotten Kingdom. Nkelemba is a resilient, thoughtful, and gifted filmmaker who draws inspiration from her family.

Stephanie Zwane

TV Presenter-Actress-Writer-Director; Zwane is known for her presenting days on ETV’s CRAZE and for her role of Eddie Khumalo’s daughter on ETV’s number one show; Scandal. Zwane is a commercial genius in the industry who’s directed adverts for MTN 8, Again! PSA , Playgirl and Playboy-VIP and so many more, under Bomb Productions. She’s all about women empowerment and directs films for women by women. She’s directed Baby Mama’s along with her BFF and award-winning actress; Salamina Mosese which was well received.

Chiedza Mhende

Mhende made her directorial debut this year on the very same show that made her popular; Generations The Legacy where she played male and female. The Zimbabwean born actress is also a voiceover artist for Siyaya and Al Jazeera’s global health series “Lifelines”. Mhende is a community activist who always makes time to give back, expect a lot of tear-jerking, and touching films about hunger, GBV, and romantic films from her in the future.

– IHarare