Nambitha Ben-Mazwi Biography|Age, Early Life, Education, Acting Career, Awards
Nambitha Ben-Mazwi, affectionately known as ‘Lady Nam,’ is a prominent award-winning international actress, entrepreneur, Global Citizen Ambassador, activist, and founder of the women’s empowerment movement, #SheSpeaksByLadyNam.
She was born on the 1st December 1988. As of 2023, she is 35 years old.
Born in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa, Nambitha Ben-Mazwi’s upbringing was deeply influenced by her parents’ emphasis on humility and hard work.
Her late uncle, Winston Ntshona, a fellow performer alongside theatre luminaries like Dr. John Kani, played a pivotal role in cultivating her passion for the arts.
Fondly referred to as Nampo by family and close friends, Lady Nam’s journey in the arts began when she joined the Eastern Cape Children’s Choir at the age of 12, affording her the opportunity to tour Europe. This early exposure led her to explore musicals, where her talents in both singing and acting shone.
Nambitha Ben-Mazwi attended Collegiate Girls High School before pursuing a Small Business Management Diploma at Russell Road College in Port Elizabeth in 2005.
She furthered her studies at the University of Cape Town, earning a Degree in Business Science in 2009, followed by an Honours degree in 2010.
Early Roles and International Ventures
Following her academic achievements, Nambitha Ben-Mazwi entered the world of acting, earning acclaim for her versatile performances. Her breakout role came as Unathi Mweli in the Mzansi Magic series Doubt, where she portrayed the sister of a man accused of a stripper’s murder.
Her journey took her to New York, where she played the character Tamara in the drama series Black Mirror, a role based on the UK show of the same name.
Notable Local Engagements
Returning to South Africa, Nambitha continued her career’s upward trajectory. She secured a wildcard entry in the reality competition Presenter Search on 3, which marked a significant achievement.
2021 saw her return to her love of hosting and TV presenting, on Super Sport TV, as the BrightRock players choice awards 2021 rugby host. Locally, she stole the heart of South Africans on the small screen, through her trending roles on The Queen, The Estate, Scandal, and Broken Vows
Nambitha Ben-Mazwi garnered international recognition by being handpicked by Beyoncé to feature in the groundbreaking musical album “Black Is King.” This project held deep significance for Nambitha, aligning with her advocacy for ‘dark skin magic’ and representation for marginalized individuals.
Nambitha’s dynamic career continued to evolve as she also undertook the CBS and Showtime remake of “King Shaka.” This international project reflected her global appeal and promises to make waves on a global scale.
Impressively, she has became the first South African to hold six Netflix International credits, solidifying her global presence.
Commitment to Empowerment
Beyond her acting prowess, Nambitha Ben-Mazwi champions women’s empowerment through her creation of the #SheSpeaksByLadyNam movement in 2018. This global initiative empowers women to discover their voices and pursue purpose in every facet of their lives. The movement has resonated strongly, conducting sold-out workshops nationwide and partnering with Global Citizen to amplify its impact.
Apart from being a global Citizen Ambassador, she also serves as a UN Equal Education Ambassador, and Brand SA part as Ambassador.
Advocacy and Ambassadorship
Nambitha’s commitment to empowerment extends to her roles as a Global Citizen Ambassador and a UN Equal Education Ambassador. Her advocacy efforts also encompass being a Brand SA Ambassador, showcasing her dedication to fostering positive change.
Awards and Recognition
Nambitha Ben-Mazwi’s outstanding contributions have garnered noteworthy recognition. She was nominated for Glamour Woman of the Year, received a business award from Accenture, and was recognized as “Actress of the Year” at the Global VN awards in 2022. Her accolades also include nominations for the YOU Spec Best Actress, Woman of Wonder award, Feather Award, and SA Style Award.