Nomzamo Mbatha

Nomzamo Nonzwakazi Mbatha (born 13 July 1990), is a South African actress, television personality, businesswoman and human rights activist.[1]

Nomzamo Nonzwakazi Mbatha
Nomzamo Nxumalo Mbatha

(1990-07-13) 13 July 1990 (age 30)
EducationBechet High School
Alma materUniversity of Cape Town
OccupationActress and UNHCR goodwill ambassador
Years active2012-present

Early lifeEdit

Nomzamo Mbatha was born on 13 July 1990 in KwaMashu Township,[1] approximately 21 kilometres (13 mi), by road, north-west of the city of Durban, in KwaZulu Natal Province[2] and is of Zulu ethnicity.

She attended Rippon Primary School in Durban and Bechet High School, where she obtained her High School Diploma. In 2018, she graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Commerce degree specializing in accounting.[1]


Mbatha auditioned for a television show in July 2012. She also started acting on Isibaya and also became the main character. The search, which was held at Cape Town, attracted over 600 contestants. She placed in the top 70 and later the top 10. She was one of the three top finalists. In 2014, the show in which Mbatha starred was converted into a daily Tell Me Sweet Something, and a television show Umlilo. That same year, she began hosting a reality travel show called "Holiday Swap", on South African Broadcasting Corporation.[1]

In 2015, she was selected to represent Neutrogena, being the first South African in that role.[3]

In 2021, she appeared in the film Coming 2 America.[4]

The previous year, Mbatha signed with talent management agency Creative Artists Agency.[4]

Other considerationsEdit

In 2018, Mbatha was recognized as one of the OkayAfrika 100 Women 2018 Honorees, by OkayAfrica Digital Media.[5]

In 2018, she spent time touring Kenyan refugee camps, in her role as UNHCR Ambassador.[6]

She received an Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress nomination for playing "Moratiwa" in Tell Me Sweet Something (2015).[7][8]

In January 2019, she was appointed a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.[9] In October 2019, she was inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society as one of its Honorary members.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

As of 2019, Mbatha resides in Los Angeles.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d CUT FM Radio (10 November 2018). "Nomzamo Mbatha Biography". Bloemfontein: 105.8 CUT FM Radio Station. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  2. ^ (13 January 2019). "Distance between Durban, eThekwini, Kwazulu Natal, ZAF and KwaMashu, eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, ZAF". Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  3. ^ Ayanda Molefe (23 June 2015). "Nomzamo Mbatha has every reason to smile as it's just been announced that she is the new face of Neutrogena". Elle Magazine South Africa. Archived from the original on 12 April 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  4. ^ a b Ramos, Dino-Ray (July 9, 2020). "CAA Signs 'Coming 2 America' Actress Nomzamo Mbatha". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 13, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ OkayAfrica (23 March 2018). "100 Women: Nomzamo Mbatha Wants Black Women to Know That They "Don't Have to Be Polite"". Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  6. ^ Sowetan Live (27 February 2018). "Nomzamo Mbatha gets hands on as UN refugee ambassador in Kenya". Sowetan Live south Africa. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  7. ^ Channel 24 (13 June 2016). "Nomzamo slays at the African Movie Academy Awards". Johannesburg: Channel 24 South Africa. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  8. ^ Daily Sun Reporter (2 June 2016). "Nomzamo Mbatha nominated for AMAA!". Daily Sun. Johannesburg. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  9. ^ Catherine Wachiaya (28 January 2019). "Nomzamo Mbatha becomes UNHCR's newest Goodwill Ambassador". UNHCR. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  10. ^ Nelly Mhlanga (23 October 2019). "Nomzamo Mbatha made an honorary member of the Golden Key Society". ZambiaNews365. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  11. ^ Liam Karabo Joyce (10 February 2020). "Nomzamo Mbatha speaks to us about LA life, Coming 2 America and giving back". IOL (Independent Online). Retrieved 24 March 2021.

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