Since it was introduced to viewers in 2015, Uzalo has swiftly grown to earn a spot as one of Mzansi’s most-watched soapies.
While the writers and creators of the show have done justice to it and are to be applauded for their ingenuity in the remarkable storyline and plot twists that have kept viewers glued to SABC1 every weekday starting at 20:30, the actors and actresses who bring the characters to life are also doing a very commendable job.
One of the characters from the show that grew on viewers is Cocoa. Cocoa from Uzalo is a beautiful woman who is introduced on the show as Nyawo’s pretend girlfriend. She is street smart and loves money.
But how much do you know about Cocoa from Uzalo in real life? How close is her real-life personality to the one she plays on TV and has she had other roles on screen? Here is everything you need to know about her.
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Cocoa from Uzalo’s real name, age, and background
Cocoa from Uzalo’s real name is Nomalanga Shabane. She was born on 30th November 1993 and is currently 28 years old.
The talented actress was born in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. She is multi-lingual and is fluent in Zulu, IsiXhosa, and English.
Details about her parents, siblings, and family history have not been provided by the actress who leads quite a private life when she is not on screen.
Nomalanga Shabane’s education
Along with her incredible acting skills and exquisite looks, Cocoa from Uzalo also has a sharp mind and is one of the most educated talents on the show.
She studied at Glenhaven Secondary School before proceeding to the University of South Africa (UNISA) where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education.
Other acting roles
Before she became Cocoa from Uzalo, Nomalanga Shabane also had other roles in several short films.
In 2019, she was cast in a short film called The Letter Reader which won several awards including a Golden Horn accolade for Best Short Film, the Schnitt Worldwide Short Film Festival Best Short South Africa, as well a YouTube short film competition called “I am Africa.”
Later in the same year, the beautiful actress also appeared in a rom-com called Love Lives Here as Nobuhle Mthembu.
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Is Cocoa from Uzalo married in real life?
It is unclear whether Cocoa from Uzalo is married in real life and whether or not she has children as she is quite private in real life and lets very little about her personal life slip into the public’s eye.
Nomalanga Shabane’s social media
Nomalanga Shabane keeps a very low profile on social media. She has a private Instagram account with over 9000 followers. Here are her social media handles:
Facebook: Nomalange Shabane
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