Zonke Mchunu (born 12 October 1992) is a South African actress, dancer and singer she is best known for her showcasing role on SABC 2’s soap opera Muvhango as Imani Nkosi she stars alongside MacDonald Ndou Gabriel Temudzani, Dingaan Mokebe, Maumela Mahuwa, Hangwani Ramakuwela and Liteboho Molise.
The 27-year-old actress was born in KwaZulu-Natal in a small village called Kwamaphumulo. After completing her matric, Zonke went to the Durban University of Technology to study drama and theater. But she didn’t start her studies in drama, she first went to Berea Tech to study Civil Engineering but she couldn’t finish because of financial challenges at home.
Growing up, Zonke Mchunu had no intents of becoming an actress, all she ever wanted to do was to dance. In an interview with Daily Sun, Zonke said it was impossible for her to dance because there were few opportunities in her village. She used to watch Jika Majika and Sarafina so that she could dance like them
The multi-talented star met Dr Duma ka Ndlovu, the Television Producer and Director of Muvhango and Uzalo, through Uzalo as she was one of the singers on Uzalo’s church choir. Before Uzalo’s primary in 2015, the SABC 1 drama and Dr Duma used to run workshops for newcomer actors and that’s how she met him at the workshops. He told her about the Imani role and encouraged her to audition for Muvhango. She got the Imani role after multiple screen-tests.
“I was part of the choir and my role lasted under 10 seconds but I was on television. It was the most overwhelming moment of my life,” she said.
10 Things You Should Know about Imani Nkosi
- Zonke Mchunu is 27-year-old actress from Maphumulo village in Stanger, KwaZulu-Natal
- Zonke’s full name is Siziwe Ntombizonke Mchunu
- She met Duma Ndlovu at the workshops
- She plays the role of Imani Nkosi on SABC 2 drama
- She joined Muvhango in 2015 as Imani Nkosi, Thandaza’s cousin from KZN
- She studied theatre and drama at the Durban University of Technology
- Zonke got her first acting job as an extra on Uzalo
- She was raised by her mother, her father passed away when she was 11-years-old
- Her mother worked as a cleaner at her former high school
- Zonke Mchunu is also a dancer