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Congratulationa to Uzalo actress Thuthuka Mthembu, who stars as Nonkanyiso on one of the loved soapie, has scored herself a degree in television, writing, and directing from Afda.

The 22-year-old actress said it was hard to get through her studies in a Covid-19-ravaged year, but the pandemic and its effects on the industry opened her eyes and she realised that education is valuable.

“Returning to school in the year of the pandemic was really a challenge and called for a huge adjustment in terms of how we should do schoolwork,” said Mthembu.

“It definitely forces you to develop time management skills, as well as planning ahead. You have to be extremely aware of time, handling your time well means no aspect of your life has to steal time from the other.”

Mthembu started her studies in 2017 and she abandoned them to pursue her passion for acting, but soon identified she needed to finish what she had started, as acting was not as glamorous as she first assumed. She said she was hesitant to set her foot back in the lectureroom even with the advice from family and friends, she was to make a return, believing that her career was solid. However, living in the time of Covid-19 made her appreciate education.

“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.”

Mthemu said fans can still expect to see her on the screen though she is now toying with the idea of releasing her own television project as a producer. She joins other Afda alumni, who include Amanda du Pont, who obtained her BA in Live Performance from the famed institution.

Other famous people who studied at Afda include Thapelo Mokoena, Vuyo Dabula, Eric Macheru and Khanya Mkangisa, among many other top entertainers in the competitive industry.

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