Nokthula Ledwaba speaks on motherhood

She grew up with serious identity issues, but everything changed when her daughter was born.

By  | Nov 23, 2017, 10:56 PM

Nokuthula Ledwaba

Since playing the role of Tshidi on Etv's Rhythm City, Nokthula has been on a quest to make a name for herself in the industry. From starring in films such as Mary and Martha alongside Hillary Swank, to bagging a small role in The Long Walk to Freedom, Nokthula's quest for greatness only grew bigger.

Many speculations were made as to why she left Rhythm City after playing Tshidi for close to a decade. Well amongst other reasons, she left because she wanted to play more challenging roles. Roles that would put her acting skills to the test and roles that were out of her comfort zone. Another big reason that she left the show was because she fell pregnant.

One of her biggest fears prior to leaving the show was her fear of becoming her character in real life. The longer one plays a character, the higher the chances of the character becoming consuming you off screen as well. The personal journey she took to redefine herself as an actress wasn't an easy one, but it was one that needed to be taken.


In an Interview with DRUM magazine she opened up about why it’s important for her to be a good mother to her daughter, especially after she was abandoned by her mother as a child.

“I enjoy being a mother and I am privileged to have great support from my partner and family,” she said.

It hasn’t been an easy road for her to get to where she is today, especially when it comes to raising her own family. Her mother abandoned her and her siblings when they were children as a teenager she developed deep insecurities about her identity.

Nokthula Ledwaba daughter

“I felt the pain of rejection as a teenager. I was at a stage of my life when I started asking myself who I looked like and where my father was. At times I would get angry that my mother left us, she said.

All that made it difficult to connect with her daughter because she wasn't sure what she needed to do. But all that changed when her baby girl arrived. Although she has always kept in touch with her mom, their relationship wasn’t good but she had to learn to forgive her and establish a relationship with her. Sadly her mother passed away and now she is a mother with a different perspective about how to raise a child.

Nokthula Ledwaba daughter

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