Welcome Xilole Tshabalala, AFRIFF Goodwill Ambassador

Welcome Xilole Tshabalala, AFRIFF Goodwill Ambassador

“I’m very excited as an artiste and as a female filmmaker. Also, as an African, I am so happy about anything that brings Africa together and puts us on the world map. I’m overwhelmed with joy for being a part of the AFRIFF team,”

Born in Vrede in the Free State, the 37-year-old actress is best known for her role as Julia Motene in Generation. She also played alongside her mentor, Thembi Mtshali, in The Crucible at the Market Theatre. She enrolled at the National School of the Arts and graduated with the honour of best overall performer. She has worked on other television productions, including Justice for All, Scoop Schoombie, Isidingo, Secret in my Bosom and Soul City, among others.

Xolile, as she is simply called, has received a number of acting awards, including Duku Duku Viewers Choice award( 2003) and People Magazine Crystal Award for Best Soap Actress (2004), among others. She took a break from acting in 2005 to attend the New York Film School, honing her skill as a film producer and director.

She played the role of Sister Zama in the seventh season of the SABC1 drama series, Soul City (in 2006) and played a guest role in the fifth season of the American drama series, NCIS, in 2007.She starred as Mandi Mbalula, Mvelo’s (Yonda Thomas) father’s calculating accountant and second-in-command at Nobela Holdings in the SABC1 drama series, Fallen, in 2011.

She also starred as TT’s gorgeous wife Gugu, an ambitious player development executive who gives the casino’s high rollers whatever they want, but is unable to give TT the one thing he wants- a child- in the SABC3 drama, series High Rollers, in 2013.

“When Chioma Ude, the founder of AFRIFF, called me, I had no choice but to jump at the offer-perhaps, it is also because it’s woman power. Yes, the festival is being run by an amazing woman. So, I feel excited about an opportunity for me to share my experience and belief about the beauty of Africa. More importantly, I am excited because it will also offer the opportunity to show that AFRIFF has demonstrated that she can hold a film festival equal to internationally acclaimed festivals,” she said.

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