Harare – Tarisai Chikocho, aka Madam Boss, made a name for herself by doing comic skits for social media platforms. Now she is on the SABC1 telenovela Ubethina, where she stars as Aminata, as well as getting a role in Nollywood.
Not bad for someone who had no formal acting training and who only went in front of a camera as an adult.
“I am over the moon,” she enthused in an interview last week. “Just last month I went for the audition and I didn’t think I would make it because it was really difficult I tell you. Being in front of a professional camera is different from the skits I have been doing using my phone and posting on social; media.”
Madam Boss grew up as an orphan in a rural area, and though she loved comedy and acting, she never had an opportunity to get into those fields as a girl.
“I grew up going back and forth between the rural areas and Harare. The journey to whom I am now, considering how I grew up, baffles even me. My childhood was painful and tough. My mom passed on when I was (11-years-old). I was brokenhearted. My mother had been sick for some time. I was orphaned at a very tender age, and to come from that background and be the Madam Boss that everybody knows now – it can only be God.
“When this whole comedy thing started, I never thought my videos would go viral; I never thought it would get to this point. Everything happened so fast. But, yeah, growing up I was that jovial person despite the challenges I faced and I knew that one day I was going to make people laugh. Little did I know that it was going to be this big,” she said.
Madam Boss recently made her debut in the world’s third biggest movie industry, Nigeria’s Nollywood.“Me in Nollywood? No, I never thought I would see that day. When I was in South Africa for my sitcom role audition, a famous Nollywood director gave my office a call and asked if I could come to Nigeria for a TV series called The Offspring and two other projects. The film industry is not as easy as doing skits. I was used to doing skits … It’s not easy but I am managing. I am so excited to see myself rubbing shoulders with big names like Tonto Dikeh, Mercy Johnson, and many others. It’s a dream that came true!”