2020: The Year of Nomzamo Mbatha

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Windhoek – Nomzamo Mbatha is on a roll.

Soon after signing a management deal with one of the world’s biggest talent agencies, Creative Artists Agency, she proceeded to address the Beijing+25 Conference of the United Nations.

And a few days after that, the South African actress has been named host of the Miss South Africa 2020 pageant.

That’s not all. Next the world will get to see her on the big screen in “Coming to America 2” alongside Hollywood heavyweight Eddie Murphy.

The UN is marking 25 years since the landmark Beijing Women’s Conference.

The organisation invited Mbatha – in her capacity as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - after the Turkish President of the General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir, asked her to give her thoughts on women’s rights.

In an impassioned address at the conference, which was themed “Accelerating the realisation of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”.

Mbatha – who lit up living rooms across Africa in her role in popular South African soapie “Isibaya” - said gender inequality was the world’s biggest human right challenge today.

“The genocide that is gender-based violence that continues to plague not only South African women but women on the continent as a whole, is an urgent crisis," Mbatha said.

She has previously addressed world leaders, delivering another moving speech at the 2017 Africa Dialogue following a tour of a refugee camp in Malawi.

The 30-year-old Durban-born actress - who has a BCom in Accounting from the University of Cape Town – was last week unveiled as the replacement of two-time host Bonang Matheba of Miss South Africa, will this year be held in Cape Town on October 24.

The pageant will be broadcast on M-Net and Mzansi Magic and will also be streamed live online.

Mbatha told South African media that she had always been a huge fan of the pageant.

“What the pageant has done in being a reflection of beauty, depth and power, not only for South African women but women all over the world, is something I truly admire.”

The CEO of the Miss South Afica Organisation, Stephanie Weil, said getting Mbatha to host the pageant was a :coup”.

“We are passionate about celebrating young women and believe that Nomzamo, with all she has achieved, is a perfect fit to host the pageant and an inspiration for all,” she added.

After moving to Los Angeles last year to advance her acting career, Mbatha quickly made her mark and will star in the sequel to Eddie Murphy’s 1988 Hollywood hit, “Coming to America”.

In “Coming to America 2”, Mbatha will also star alongside Leslie Jones and Wesley Snipes. The movie is scheduled for release on December 18, 2020.

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