Zinhle Ngwenya, an actress who was born in Zimbabwe and is relatively new to the small screen, has revealed the key to her success and discussed how she has been able to land top roles internationally despite being relatively new to the industry.
Ngwenya made her big screen acting debut in a cameo role on the South African soap opera House of Zwide. This role was her first major television role. Zinhle Ngwenya continues to land top roles in international projects despite the fact that she has only a small amount of experience performing in front of the camera.
The actress is originally from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, but now calls Joburg her home. She has stated that she is a sangoma in real life, and that she seeks out roles that are consistent with her vocation. She is under the impression that her ancestors and amadlozi are the ones providing her with these roles so that she can exhibit her abilities to the rest of the world.
Zinhle Ngwenya said:
On set, I play the role of a prophet, sangoma, or doctor, despite the fact that in real life I am a sangoma. Amadlozi are the ones who are giving me the leading roles!
She claimed that she had an epiphany about her vocation when she was a teenager. Zinhle Ngwenya claims that she went through initiation and that her ancestors forced her to follow their calling by making her life a living hell when she tried to ignore it.
The successful Zimbabwean actress has a history of landing roles that are autobiographical in nature. On the upcoming show that is currently being filmed, the nurse and nurse practitioner Ngwenya is going to play the part of Doctor Mthethwa. In addition, she plays the role of Mama Chichi, a sangoma, in the Nollywood film Cry of a Black Woman.
Zinhle Ngwenya said:
I am currently playing the role of Zobe on Netflix. We are still in the production phase, so we are unable to disclose the name of the new series just yet. I’m Mama Chichi, and I play the role of a sangoma in the upcoming Nollywood film titled Cry of a Black Woman, which also stars the Nigerian actor Mike Ezuruonye. It is a starring position.
The actress claimed that she counsels and treats patients in her home as well as working in the intensive care units of a number of hospitals.
LETS GET TO UNDERSTAND WHAT ARE ANCESTORS:
Ancestors from Africa continue to provide contemporary Africans with a collective and individual sense of self-affirmation, identity, and unrestricted belonging. It is no wonder that the legendary Zulu poet Mazisi Kunene is recognized not only for his epic work Shaka the Great, but also for his other magnificent poetry collection titled Ancestors and the Sacred Mountain.
The role of the ancestors plays a significant one in many works of African literature, including the well-known novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, Ola Rotimi’s The Gods Are Not to Blame, and AC Jordan’s The Wrath of the Ancestors, to name just a few. Visits to areas of Africa such as Gorée in Senegal and Elmina in Ghana, which were the most severe centers of the transatlantic slave trade, are without a doubt a way of evoking the world of African ancestors, albeit through traumatic memory and remembering. This is because these are the places where the transatlantic slave trade was at its most severe.
It is fitting that the island of Gorée, which is located directly across from Dakar on the coast of Senegal, has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visiting Gorée, which was once the largest port for the trade of slaves in the world, is a step in the right direction toward ensuring that such an inhumane event “never again” happens, as the legendary Nelson Mandela taught all of us.
To this day, kingdoms such as those of the Ashanti in Ghana and the Zulu remain key touchstones in the history of Africans and their reverence for their ancestral forebears. Ancestors are unabashedly and deeply evoked in the music of the great griots of Mali, Fela Kuti’s rebellious Afrobeat sounds, the soukous sounds of the Congo, and the migration songs of Southern Africa. How could anyone forget the timeless tune “Stimela” by South African musician Hugh Masekela?
Despite the fact that many Africans converted to religions that are not native to Africa a few centuries ago, Africans continue to place a significant amount of respect and honor on their ancestors. Ancestors continue to hold a significant place in most Africans’ lives, despite the rise of Christianity and Islam as the continent’s two most prominent religions.
This is not due to the fact that Africans are the offspring of a less powerful deity. The growth of the African people can be attributed, in part, to the fact that they, too, have powerful ancestral protectors who have kept both them and their spirits defiant throughout the ages. One cannot even conceive of Africa or the people who live there if they do not have any ancestors who originated from Africa.
It is not an exaggeration that African ancestors have stubbornly kept Africa and the African Diaspora a potent force in the world. Africans are increasingly asserting their place in the global community. The assertion that people of African descent are not the offspring of bastard trees is emphatically and unequivocally supported by their ancestors. They help the African child learn at an early age that they should not play carelessly with fire or water. They contribute to the development of a sense of responsibility toward something that is larger and more meaningful than one’s material wealth.
The majority of Africans experience a sense of disorientation and are frequently compelled to perform a variety of rituals in order to appease their ancestors when they lack an indebtedness and a humble submission to the will and guidance of their ancestors. Any African who genuinely places a high value on striking a healthy balance in their life, who is afraid of angering their ancestors, and who makes it a priority to always respect them
Celebrating a past that is significant to them and holds a place of affection for them is what it means for Africans to recognize the existence of their ancestors. They are elevating the significance of the power derived from their indigenous spirituality and their deep connection to the land, which they may or may not still possess.
Each family member is generally told about their ancestors through the oral tradition—another aspect of the African experience that matters a great deal. During the traditional ceremonies in which Africans kill animals, they talk to their ancestors. In the course of this conversation, the head of the family will frequently recite the names of the family’s ancestors in a lineage that goes back several generations.
This calling of the ancestors helps pass on important knowledge as well as rituals and values that are specific to the family without the need for any writing or recording of the information. When a child is told about their ancestors, it is typically done so by adults who are concerned about the lineage of their family and who have faith in the eternal recurrence of spiritual life’s cycles.
Ancestors instill in Africans a sense of pride and purpose, as well as an appreciation for life in all of its incarnations, both in the past and in the present and the future. Ancestors are forever alive in the African world and cosmological view of life. The African people believe that their ancestors connect them to their loved ones, bless their fertility celebrations, and step in to restore order, happiness, and health when it is threatened by polluting elements and spiritual obstructions.
When life’s storms threaten to engulf them and even wipe them out, Africans pray to their ancestors for protection and guidance. For most Africans, holistic metaphysical balance is impossible without the evocation of ancestors. One of the most fundamental aspects of African identity is the belief in one’s ancestors. It has been like that since the beginning. And let it be so forever. From Cape to Cairo. From Morocco to Madagascar. Adieu, ancestors who came from Africa!