Q & A with Bathabile Dlamini, on the heels of her recent NAMA win.

Bathabile Dlamini is poised to be Zim’s next “It-girl”

After her big win for Outstanding Actress at the NAMAs for her performance in  uMbiko ka Madlenya, Bathabile “Miss-Bee, Honey-Bee” Dlamini took time out of her schedule for this exclusive interview, complete with exclusive never-seen-before high resolution pictures of her at the Award ceremony.
Q: So first of all congratulations on your win! How does it feel to be a NAMA winner?
A: Exciting, encouraging, motivating. It always feels great to be recognised for hard work.
Q: What impact has such an achievement had on you personally?
A: Well it has made me realise that there are people out there who appreciate what i do, and national adjudicators at that. It’s given me the drive to work harder.
Q: You won the award for your performance as Zinkabi in uMbiko ka Madlenya. How did you get the role?
A: I auditioned for it. My director advised me to audition when he found out about the production.
Q: And when you signed up for the role, did you imagine even for a second that you would nominated for a NAMA, let alone win one?
A: Not at all. It’s actually a funny story because my producer doubted my abilities before I auditioned.
Q: Well you showed him whose boss. What drew you to Zinkabi’s character?
A: I liked how passionate and ambitious Zinkabi was. I consider myself like that. She had drive and determinism. she was breaking the norm that only men could lead. In a way she was also fighting for gender equity, and that was inspiring.
Q: How did you get your start in Theatre?
A: High school. I was auditioning as a dancer, then my director must have seen something, that’s when I started in plays. I scooped best supporting actress for my first play, and then scooped best actress in every competition that followed.
Q: You clearly have a lot of fans after your win? Any advice for them?
A: They should work hard, chase their dreams and never doubt themselves. Their background, whatever it is, should not be a setback. What you’re facing, God is watching, and he knows you have the strength to overcome it.
Bathabile accepting her award.
Q: Is theatre something you see yourself doing forever?
A: It is, but it won’t be my first priority. School comes first, and then there’s my ultimate career goal of being on TV.
Q: Do you have any productions lined up?
A: I do, I have several of them lined up. But I don’t want to preempt anything.
Q: Any words you live by?
A: I am ordained for greater exploits. That’s my motto.
Q: Who is your greatest inspiration?
A: Gosh, there are so many because I’m interested in a lot of things. But in the entertainment industry, it’s definitely Beyonce. In life, my mother.
Q: Lastly, where do you see yourself in say, 5 years?
A: Successful. As someone established and doing well in the media and performing arts industries. An outstanding TV personality.

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