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Here's how Nomzamo Mbatha owned 2020

21 December 2020 - 10:00 By deepika naidoo
2020 was putty in the hands of actress Nomzamo Mbatha
2020 was putty in the hands of actress Nomzamo Mbatha
Image: Nomzamo Mbatha/Instagram

In the midst of one tough year, actress Nomzamo Mbatha's achievements gave Mzansi something to be proud of.

From a township in KwaZulu-Natal to making a name for herself in Hollywood, Nomzamo showed young black girls and boys that their dreams can come true.

Ever since moving to LA at the end of 2019, Nomzamo has been flying the SA flag and Mzansi couldn't be more excited for our girl.

Here's how the actress made 2020 her year!

Coming 2 America

Ever since it was announced that Nomzamo would star in Eddie Murphy's Coming 2 America, set for release in March 2021, she has been the toast of SA.

And, rightfully so! 

In an interview with True Love magazine when the news was announced, Nomzamo said she had auditioned for several roles in the US last year, and received the call on her grandmother's birthday to say she had got the part in the film.

“It was a very surreal moment. When you have been holding onto a dream and hope, and it finally comes to pass, you don't react in the way it had played out in your head. That Sunday I moved around in a daze.”

Hosting Miss SA

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While Miss SA continued to break boundaries this year, Nomzamo also brought her A-game as host of the glitzy pageant.

The star stole the show with her absolutely fabulous outfit changes.

In a tweet about her monumental moment, the actress said that it was a dream to host the event.

“What a dream ... Had the time of my life hosting Miss SA 2020 A night I’ll never forget!” Nomzamo said.

Addressing the UN

Remarks by SA actress Nomzamo Mbatha, high level champion for gender equality and goodwill ambassador for the UNHCR, on the UN General Assembly's high-level meeting on the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing+25).

Nomzamo also used her platform and voice to empower others when she was invited to speak on gender inequality by UN president Volkan Bozkir at the organisation's 75th annual general assembly.

In her moving speech, Nomzamo said that there was still much work that needed to be done to eradicate gender inequality and that the Covid-19 pandemic has been catalyst for the violence that women face every day globally.

“The genocide that is gender-based violence that continues to plague not only SA women but women on the continent as a whole is an urgent crisis. With the world being in the thick and middle of a pandemic, it threatened a lot of important events to be cancelled. However, the agenda can never be postponed. Equal rights for all women and girls remains a human rights crisis,” said Nomzamo.