Today is the 60th birthday of a well-known South African writer, lyricist, composer, director, theatre producer and actor, Mbongeni Ngema.
He is best known as the writer of the internationally acclaimed and award-winning musical, SARAFINA.
His play ‘Sarafina’ was nominated for five Tony Awards.
Mbongeni has a played a magnificent role in scouting and nurturing acting talent in South Africa.
The likes of Leleti Khumalo, Sindi Dlathu, and many more, are undoubtedly some of his fine products.
As people thought he was old to act, just last year, he landed his first starring role in television in the e.tv telenovela Gold Diggers, where he plays the lead character of Patrick Gumede, an ageing and ill miner who has two wives and all the headaches that go with them.
A lot can be written about this legendary.
Happy Birthday Mbongeni