Masoja Josiah Msiza (Uzalo Actor Nkunzi )


Buhleni – Telenovela actors and actresses, as well as musicians of every genre descended on Eswatini last weekend to add colour and flair at this year’s Buganu ceremony. SABC1 soapie Uzalo’s Nkunzi seemed to draw the crowds like bees to flowers with his macho image, which people could easily relate with his character on the South African telenovela. Nkunzi, born Masoja Josiah Msiza, is also a poet and musician. While he is not new on our shores, having visited numerous times, the crowds just did not seem to get enough of him. Born in 1964 in Kwa-Thema (Ekhuruleni), Gauteng in 1964, the 54 year-old Msiza is a hit with both young and old. He began his career as a poet and later became a stage and television actor, musician and storyteller. Msiza is also known for his role as
Bhodlimpi on the Mzansi Magic soap opera isiBaya and as well as for his recurring role as Welcome on the e.tv drama series Umlilo. He has appeared in numerous television series, including Jozi Streets, Mtunzini.com, Scandal!, Isidingo, A Place Called Home, Sokhulu & Partners, Shreds and Dreams, Intersexions, Rhythm City, iNkaba, Zabalaza,
Ya Lla and Mfolozi Street. His film credits include A Million Colours, Zama Zama, The Saints and Kalushi. Theatre credits include Voice from Kilimanjaro, Antigone, amaWashas Asegoli, Once Were Free and Biko: Where the Soul Resides. Msiza also wrote and performed promo poems for Ukhozi FM and for Bafana Bafana during the 2004 AFCON tournament in Tunisia. In 2016, he landed his first starring role in television in the e.tv telenovela Ring of Lies, playing the role of Mandla. He is the brains behind the Lentswe Poetry Project spots on SABC2 and has published two collections of poetry entitled The Voice of Hope and Avalon. Msiza shared the limelight with Skeem Saam actress Dieketseng Mnisi, whose character is loved for being a cheeky, strict and hard-headed mother on the SABC1 soapie. She proved that in real life she is quite the opposite as she met and greeted a number of her adoring fans. An internet profile of the 57-year-old describes her as a sassy go-getter who refuses to let age stop her from living a life full of excitement and colour. In a recent interview with Move!, she spoke about not giving
up on love and herself, the jewel that is her family and reaping the rewards of her labour after more than 30 years in the industry. Mnisi is a mother of two and is married to Jabulani Nkosi who played ‘Chirwali’ on SABC1 iconic comedy, Emzini We Zinsizwa. They were married for 22 years until they divorced in 2005. “It was not easy going through the divorce but by the grace of God I survived. I would say, during that time, my relationship with God became stronger,” she says. Chirwali and Mnisi’s first born son is aged 34 and their daughter aged 31.

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