Evey Mwatse with Mduduzi Mabaso

Zimbabwea��s next small screen star

Bruce Ndlovu
Following in the footsteps of small screen stalwarts like Ernest Ndlovu, Bulawayo girl Evangelista a�?Eveya�? Mwatse could be the next actress from the City of Kings to make a splash on the South African small screen after landing on role on a new SABC 1 sitcom.

Mwatse, a former presenter on local radio station, ZIFM, stars in the second season of Ithuba Lokugcina as Sibongile a�?Sbosha�? Ndlovu alongside The Heist star Phumeza Mdabe.

Mwatse is no newcomer to the small screen, having starred in local productions like Colours of Dreams and City of Dreams while she also had a role in iscover. Gringo Trouble Maker.

The Bulawayo girl is beginning to make a mark on the South African film scene, having already starred in SABC 1 drama Mutual Friends, while she is also reportedly working on another production that is set to air soon. The second season of Ithuba Lokugcina began airing on the South African broadcaster yesterday.

While she is steadily climbing the ladder in South Africa, Mwatse revealed in an interview with B-Metro this week that she owed her success to the City of Kings where she began horning her skills as an actress at a young age.

a�?I was born in Bulawayo and thata��s where I call home. That is where all this began even though I attended schools in Mutare, Harare and Bulawayo.a�?

a�?At an earlier age however I never had interest in acting really, but even though that was the case I would act in the Christmas plays when I was barely a teen. Even that time I always had an interest in TV and radio presenting,a�? she said.

Mwatse said that although her radio and TV presenting was her entry point in showbiz she had jumped at the opportunity to star on South African TV.

a�?I grabbed the opportunityA� with both hands and flourished, I fell in love with acting and it has since become a passion. My dreams came true way after I had started my TV and film career and I am grateful for it,a�? she said.

While Ithuba Lokugcina will only be Mwatsea��s second role south of the Limpopo, she said that although breaking into the South African film scene was not a walk in the park, she was happy with the steady progress that her career was making.

a�?I am happy with where I stand as I chase my dreams in South Africa and I have worked on two productions so far the latest one which starts airing on SABC 1 this month. The hustle is real and I am hoping I get the next gig soon. I am taking baby steps and so far ita��s promising,a�? she said.

The actress, who is a self confessed Electronic Dance Music (EDM) fan said that growing up in the City of Kings had given her streetwise edge that had helped when the cameras are of showbiz, which was not always glittery as it looked from outside.

a�?Growing up, I was a very naughty and adventurous child. In addition to that I was a tomboy too but acting changed me,a�? she said.

While she is now on her way towards stardom in South Africa, the Zimbabwean conceded that the road to success was not an easy one but she was going to finish her journey unscathed because of her positive outlook on life.

a�?I have a very great sense of honour and dona��t easily get disturbed by downs in my life. There are no short cuts really, I enjoy life to the fullest as ita��s a gift from God and every breath counts,a�? she said.