Award winning actress, Filmmaker, Activist,
Known for her dynamic, confident and effervescent spirit, Nomzamo Mbatha is a beautifully-smart and driven young woman, who is influential not only with young women, but the older generation as well. She has basked in a career that has been eventful, exciting and sublime, with many incredible moments of leaning, engaging and breaking boundaries. A girl born from the dusty streets of KwaMashu, Durban, once dreaming of living in the airport, to now travelling the globe on a mission…
In a short period of time, her journey has taken her from an unknown MTV Africa’s talent search contestant, to one of Africa’s most sought-after stars. Her influence and mass appeal have led to several ambassador appointments by renowned brands. As a further testament to her mass appeal, she is a sought-after Speaker, who is a symbol of life affirmation for the voiceless and underprivileged, and thus she was asked by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees to be its ambassador and advocate of change, for its LUQULUQU socio-economic programme which aims to challenge and change how the narrative of the African refugee is perceived. Through collaborative efforts, Nomzamo has managed to raise funds and continues to do so for refugees across the continent.
Nomzamo’s work as a television and film actress, has been lauded, celebrated and awarded on many platforms across the continent and internationally. The world experienced her talent when her moving and powerful tribute monologue, at the memorial service of the late-great Winne Mandela was picked up by global news networks.
She’s been on several UNHCR missions at refugee camps, being the first high profile celebrity to visit the volatile South Sudan, Maban Camp, where she delivered a powerful address to local-government representatives under the title of “What Do You Take in that split-second decision?” In June she took part in a TEDx first-ever talk in a refugee camp, in Kakuma, Kenya. The title of her well-received speech being “Surgeons of Humanity”.
Nomzamo is a committed and tireless supporter of those suffering from depression and anxiety, as she has lost loved ones to the disease and she too has had to overcome to be where she is in life, through her foundation, Lighthouse Foundation and her company, GroundSix , she works with her corporate endorsers to improve access to education and business opportunities for the youth, where for the past three years, she’s been organizing and producing her annual Youth Connect Summit that is designed to bridge the unemployment disparities among young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Her selfless and tireless work has led Ludwig’s Roses to bestow her with her own rose, called The Nomzamo Rose – making her the fourth South African to receive this honor alongside Nobel Laureates, Dr Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu and anti-apartheid freedom fighters and political stalwarts, Albertina Sisulu and Walter Sisulu.