LISTEN | Ayanda Borotho talks GBV, creating 'Nqobile' & having it all as woman

09 August 2021 - 10:00
By chrizelda kekana AND Chrizelda Kekana
Actor and author Ayanda Borotho has added the role of exec producer to her resume with 'Nqobile'.
Image: Charma Maluleka Actor and author Ayanda Borotho has added the role of exec producer to her resume with 'Nqobile'.

Author and actress Ayanda Borotho recently added executive producer to her resume as she and her team continue to tell the story of  gender-based violence (GBV) and other female-related topics.

“I don't know what I am doing,” Ayanda laughs before she explains to TshisaLIVE that she dove head first into producing Nqobile — a recently launched Mzansi Magic drama series that has sparked conversation about GBV and other female-related topics such as glass ceilings.

“I jumped in head first, dove into the very deep part of the ocean and I have to swim, so I'm swimming. I took the challenge, so now I am swimming. I also don't do mediocrity, so I just had to do to the best of my ability.”

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Nqobile is her first gig behind the camera as the executive producer and while she's learning on the job, she's also aiming to make a mark and do justice to the story of not just Nqobile but every woman in SA, Africa and the world.

Outspoken and passionate about women and living in a society committed to being better, Ayanda says the drama was just God's way of enlarging the platform from which she can express her purpose.

“The idea was not birthed as in the concept itself has always been around. Nqobile was birthed. This is purpose for me. If you see the things that I write and post about, then you understand that this is an extension of who I am and what I advocate for.

“This is an extension of my purpose and bringing light, solutions, introspection and challenging society to think about and see these things in a different way ... all God has done is give us a bigger and different platform to do it on.”

Ayanda said the responsibility of telling the story in such a way that it was clear and relatable, with just enough entertainment value to grip an audience, was important to her and her team.