Gugu Gumede, who was born in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, always knew she wanted to be an actress. It wasn’t easy persuading her mother, however. Her mother wished for her to pursue a career in law. She eventually caved in and let Gugu study the course of her dreams.
In 1997, South African newspapers (including Johannesburg’s The Star and Cape Town’s Cape Argus) reported on sightings of a “giant reptile” monster in the Mzintlava River near Mount Ayliff in South Africa. Villagers in the area claimed that the creature was 20 meters (67 feet) long, had the head of a horse, the lower body of a fish, short legs, and the neck of a snake, and that it shined with a green light at night. During the period between January and April 1997, as many as nine deaths had been attributed to the Mamlambo. According to police, the victims had been in the water a while and had the soft parts of their heads and neck eaten by crabs; local villagers, on the other hand, claimed that these mutilations had been caused by the Mamlambo’s habit of eating faces and brains. For this reason, the Mamlambo is often referred to as “the Brain Sucker”. As Felicity Wood points out in The Extraordinary Khotso (2007), “the mamlambo tends to be associated with Western forms of prosperity, like money, so the fact that she is often depicted as a Western mermaid. She has arisen in part from a sense of disconnection to a traditional, communal way of life, inequalities and imbalances in the social order, and the lure of Western materialism. Like the Mami Wata, she is a dangerous, seductive figure, offering wealth and power but able to bring about terrifying ruin”.
Years have passed, and she clearly does not regret her decision to pursue a career in acting.
While other celebrities might hide their age, the actress has no qualms with revealing hers to the public. Gugu Gumede, who was born in 1992, is now 29 years old. In December, she will turn 30.
Gugu Gumede is doing decently as an actress. Who have been curious about her resources have been making guesses on what her net worth might be. But there’s no exact sum out there. That notwithstanding, she’s among the millionaire figure in the entertainment industry.
Contrary to what many out there believe, at the time of writing this, Gugu Gumede has no husband. She has not ruled out settling own with a man, though, nor has she ruled out having children in the future.
In March 2020, however, a celebrity hairstylist had shared a picture of the two of them together, claiming that she’s his wife and that they have been married for four years. The post had a laughing emoji, so it’s hard to tell he was in earnest.