Buhle Ngaba is an actress, storyteller and activist. She is the author of ‘The Girl Without a Sound’, a book that shatters glass ceilings by challenging the conventional fairytales of white princesses, with flowing hair and blue eyes. It seeks to restore confidence and empower young black females, by encouraging them to voice their opinions, and to understand how beautiful they are, both inside and out. Her book injects much-needed diversity into children’s literature.
Buhle is also the founder of KaMatla NPO, a non-profit organisation, which was created to teach and inspire young, black South Africans to write in a way that empowers them, in a world where they are so often dismissed.
Buhle studied Acting and Contemporary Performance at Rhodes University, as well as Processes of Performance at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. Her time in the theatre earned her a leading role in John Kani’s play ‘Missing at the Baxter’, directed by Janice Honeyman, and saw her nominated for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for both the Fleur du Cap and Naledi Theatre Awards. Her first play ‘The Swan Song’ earned her two Kanna Theatre Awards, for ‘Best Uitkampeater Production’ and ‘Best Upcoming Artist’.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I wanted to be an actress.
Who has your greatest role model been?
What’s the best piece of advice that you’ve received?
“Those who say it can’t be done are usually interrupted by those who are doing it”. This is a James Baldwin quote that someone once shared with me.
What change would you like to see for womankind in the future?
I would like to see female children given equal opportunities for education, and to be given a fair chance at building a new world.
What makes you proud to be a South African woman?
What makes me proud to be a South African woman is our resilience and insistence on surviving just about anything. That said, there are some things that we shouldn’t have to do to survive. I wrote something in my graphic short ‘Blood Labyrinth’ about how “all the streets are a funeral procession for women”. I think that sums it up.
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