BONGI NDABA KEEPING US ON THE EDGE
By: Sphilele Nxumalo
You may think taking up a pen and scribbling on a piece of paper is easy work and unrewarding – well, not if you’re dedicated and passionate like Generation’s co-producer and writer Bongi Ndaba.
Sometimes our talents reveal themselves later in life and they bloom before your eyes like a bud come springtime. Ndaba discovered that she has a talent for writing and being a story-teller in general after she received positive feedback for her first play staged at the Grahamstown Festival.
Even though she wanted to be an actress, writing was her other passion.
“I began writing in my tender years,” she said. “I would read my stories to my siblings and myself.”
Of course, some of us can confirm that when we were young we wanted to be doctors – it was much the same with Mrs Ndaba. Later on she developed love for drama and acting and enrolled at the former Natal Technikon, now Durban University of Technology, and worked at the Playhouse, where she had a play staged.
“It all fell into place. People loved my play; that encouraged me and even today I always write something. You never know what you may be assigned to so I always write something.”
Ndaba enjoyed her childhood with her friends and siblings but she would always go and write while the other children would be enjoying their free time.
“I used to play a lot but I wrote more than I played. I enjoyed playing, yes, but writing even more.” Words and books often take the mind away from the current reality and set it to its own world.
“I used to write without intention but now because I have made a living out of it I write with intention. These days it’s easier days to make writing your career.”
Her current projects are new television shows Shreds & Dreams and Mzansi Magic’s Saints & Sinners. A feature film is also in the works.
The film industry is challenging and Bongi confirmed it, relating to the challenges the industry is facing. “When we write our ideas are limited and we must chop them down, thus limiting your thinking and the way you’d wanted to make out your production.”
The highlight of her career so far was when she had an opportunity to work with Zakes Mda whose books she always read and admires.
You can expect more from Mrs. Ndaba- surprises and heated storylines on the local soap Generations. She plans to keep us glued to our screens.