UMSINGA’S GOLDEN GIRL AIMS FOR THE BIG SCREEN
By Winston Sibanda
Umsinga’s 19 year old Nomali Dlamini has learnt to tackle life one dance at a time, as she puts bread on the table for a family of nine.
Born in the rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal and growing up without a father has made her a tough girl.
According to Dlamini, her mother depended on government grants to raise her along with seven cousins who are orphans. She said her father never showed any interest in the family and she has accepted that.
She said her background has taught her a lot about life and motivated her to strive for a better future.
Dlamini said, “my teachers are like my parents. They always show me the way when I m lost. They always remind me to know where I come from and where I am going.”
Her dream is to make it in the Arts industry. Dlamini has already featured in Isibaya, one of South Africa’s most watched soapies.
She is a holder of different cultural certificates and awards, including the uMsinga Poetry Competition winner.
At the age of 19, the family looks up to her as her mother’s health is deteriorating. She has made her mark in the uMsinga municipality as she is now a regular cultural performer for their functions.
She is a big fan of traditional dance and poetry and this has in turn put a little money in her pocket.
However, the community doesn’t understand her dream.
“UMsinga is a rural place and most people think a girl should finish school and get married,” said Dlamini.
She said an educated woman is referred to as “isfebe” (a prostitute) since she sits with different men at meetings.
“I will only get married when I have put my family in order, regardless of what people say. I would rather grow old at home than to leave my family in this poverty- besides I don’t want my children to grow up the way I did.” Said Nomali
As a believer, Dlamini is proud of her heritage. She joined Indoni in 2012 and she was among the top 12 girls to represent the Zulu nation at the pageant.
She acknowledged Indoni for its teachings on self-pride as she proudly says, “I participate in the reed dance”.
Board Member of Indoni, Dr Thembinkosi Biyela, described Dlamini as a talented girl who has the potential to make it in life, and he wished there was more he could do to assist children in similar situations.
He said, “It is our wish as Indoni to help such kids to reach their dreams but we are still looking for sponsors to support the initiative.”
After a week-long stay in Durban, Dlamini said it hurts her to think about going back home not carrying anything. She had come in search of a place to study Drama and Performance studies at DUT but to no avail.
She said she will not lose hope- she will try again next year. She hopes to get NSFAS assistance since she passed her matric well, and she is less privileged.
Recently, she auditioned for an upcoming new television show, and has high hopes for a call-back. It was promising. Her goal is to make it to the big screen.
She said, “If I can make it out of this poverty, so can every girl out there.”