When she is not learning her lines for a stage production or film, Ethiopian-born actress Pamela Nomvete is showing young people the showbiz ropes at her youth incubation social media enterprise. The Sibongile Bax Dale centre, which she runs from Braamfontein in Johannesburg, has now given birth to the Rise Up and Walk International Youth Arts Festival, which takes place this month.
It features work written, directed and performed by young artists. Nomvete, who has found her passion offstage as a mentor, coached some of the young talent included in the festival programme.
Many South Africans will recognise Nomvete as one of local television’s most memorable villains following her role on SABC1 soapie Generations, where, for six years after moving to South Africa in 1994, she played the character of Ntsiki Lukhele, a woman we loved to hate.
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Image – Pamela Nomvete