Nambitha Ben-Mazwi, a multi-award winning actress, is now joining the CBS and Showtime families in her role as Queen Bhibhi on the international dream team cast, King Shaka.
The star had an incredible 2022, becoming the first South African to have six Netflix International credits. She also won two awards recently, the Feathers Hot Chick of the Year Award and the SA Style Award for Most Stylish Performing Artist in Film/TV.
“This @featherssa award goes out to every person who has ever felt unseen before. I said this before, every girl who sees themselves in me, WE ARE HOT CHICKS!!! Thank you to the LGBTQ+ community for always seeing me, and for the unwavering support & love.
“My craft of storytelling has always been a beacon for advocacy for me, and the honour of telling YOUR story with sincerity and truth is my act of service. Here’s to more representation in storytelling! Thank you Jesus for always using me. I see your works,” she wrote.
The actress was also nominated for Actress of the Year at the VN Global Media and Entertainment Awards, which she won.
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Reacting after her victory, she wrote, “Guuuuys, we did it, we won another award!!! We can now add “Actress of the Year” to the titles I’ve been blessed with this past month.
“And that is all thanks to YOU and my clan that is my family. Thank you for all your support, votes, and my agency MLA for honing my career.”
Ben-Mazwi will play Queen Bhibhi kaSompisi Ntuli, Shaka’s father, Chief Senzangakhona’s head wife.
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The story is based on true events and was created by writers Olu Odebunmi and Tolu Awosika, Propagate, Fuqua Films, and CBS Studios.
Production began in September 2022 in the historic South African province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and will be completed in South Africa for a Showtime debut in 2023.
Ben-Mazwi said, “I am particularly excited about this production, not only because we are getting an opportunity to tell our own stories to the world, but the team behind it is a stellar one and Showtime is pulling out all the ranks on this one.
“Charles Babalola who leads as Shaka is an impeccable storyteller whom I got the opportunity to play across at our test shoot in June in LA.
That truly was a rewarding part of the auditioning process when CBS flew me out for the final callbacks, performing for the executive team of King Shaka.”
Odebunmi and Awosika, Antoine Fuqua, Bridget Carpenter, Propagate’s Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, and Rodney Ferrell executive produce King Shaka.
Executive producers include Seith Mann, who is directing the pilot, and Spencer Medof. Fuqua Films is produced through Scott Greenberg and Michael Callas.
We can’t wait to see how Ben-Mazwi will truly live and tell Bhibhi’s story, based on her outstanding performance in her previous hit series, Savage Beauty.
She is still one of the best leading ladies on the continent, and we are thrilled to see her international success continue.