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Hlubi Mboya-Arnold About Life, Business And Corona

Driven by a deep desire for self-mastery, Hlubi consistently seeks to produce rich and valuable ‘content’ that not only inspires others, but which also challenges her to step beyond the confines of her comfort zone. Her journey has had twists and turns, but the lessons learned weave an interesting tale of perseverance.

Born Hlubikazi Mboya on 2 March 1978, this petite beauty spent most of her childhood in Seattle in the US while her parents completed their Master’s and Doctorate degrees. Once back in South Africa, she matriculated from Rustenburg Girls’ High School in Cape Town and went on to study Third World Politics and World Labour Law at the University of Cape Town before discovering her theatrical talent. And while her star shone brightly on screen, her studies certainly didn’t go to waste.

“The subject matter of my studies and the fact that I am well-travelled from a young age, developed me as a creative, humanist and visionary. I continue to view life through the lenses of a civil rights and labour law undergraduate, while honing my art,” said Hlubi, adding that a big lesson she learnt early in life is that – just like most things – you have to put in extra effort and invest in something to get the desired results. “Time stands still for no one. And having the emotional intelligence about the present – it’s a good place to be.”

Where The Action Is

Hlubi Mboya became one of the most beloved actresses of our time. The South African public got to know and love her as HIV-positive, Nandipha Sithole, in the soap opera Isidingo. She was also one of the celebrity contestants on Strictly Come Dancing and portrayed roles on the small and big screen including The Docket, Jacob’s Cross, Rhythm City, A Small Town Called Descent, and international films Death Race: Inferno and Blood Drive to name a few. In 2016, she appeared in the film Dora’s Peace where she walked away with the SAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress. Hlubi acknowledges that the entertainment industry is her first love and original claim to fame.

“I love reading a script and being challenged by new roles showcasing the complex and beautiful kaleidoscope of the black woman in the global context. I will never shy away from doing so for many years to come. Auditions keep me abreast with the latest industry nuances and industry trends. I also love to constantly recreate and reinvent myself,” she says.

The biggest reinvention for Hlubi was when she left the set of Isidingo. “I was forced out of my comfort zone, which, by its very nature was uncomfortable to do,” recalls Hlubi. “But it was the best thing for me. The scripts didn’t come in hard and fast enough and I needed to be where the action was. Therefore, I changed my mindset about my future and included journeys of epic ventures.”

…her drive for equality, equity, liberation and intersexual feminism.

Hlubi’s other ventures were born out of her drive for equality, equity, liberation, and intersexual feminism.

A formidable activist and businesswoman

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