By Colleta Dewa
Johannesburg – South African entertainer Zodwa Rebecca Libram, aka Zodwa Wabantu, has gone back to school.
Last weekend she posted pictures of her first day of Acting classes at Star Quality Performing College on Instagram.
Rewind to 2018 and recall a tense exchange on social media with a fan who asked Zodwa to go to school.
“When are you going back to school Zodwa? Even Julius Malema went back to school, he’s a graduate and he registered to do his Masters at Wits. There is hope for everyone if you believe in yourself,” said the fan.
“I’m so sorry; I will never go back to school. I’m okay counting my R800,000 wishing to reach a million soon,” Zodwa responded.
But it seems the socialite thought long and hard about the advice and this year she has enrolled for acting and performing classes.
“1st Day at School. School Bag Student Zodwa Wabantu @starquality management. 1st Day at Class got my Books,” she wrote on Instagram alongside pictures of her holding a school bag and books.
She has previously spoken about the importance of education in the context of her struggles to make a mark in South Africa’s entertainment sector.
“I left home when I was 16 and until today, no matter how hard life was out there, I never packed up and went back home. Back then I just hustled. You are never too old to learn. I’m an entertainer. People have seen only one side of me. I’m ready to show the second chapter of my life. I’ve forever loved to be involved in acting, but for people to take me seriously in the new career I need to obtain a qualification for it,” said Zodwa.
The provocative dancer has in the past posted a video of herself kneeling, asking her son, Vuyo, to take education seriously.
“Other people call it luck; others say its God… I know that I could have been one of the broke, unemployed people in this country but luckily I’m not. I’ve managed to build a house and buy my car and take my child to school, which is amazing for me.”
She also said, “I always emphasised to my son that he must not worry about what people say about me and the sh*t I do, he must just focus on school. I want him to be successful and even if he ends up not needing to use school, he must have education as back up.
“I expect him to do well, just like any parent. My son, he’s a lovely kid and I know that he will do better. That is all I ever want from him, to be the best that he can be.”