At 44, Celeste Ntuli has established her brand as a South African comedienne and actress who is popularly known for her role in IsiBaya. After high school in Empangeni, a young Celeste moved to Durban where she attended the Durban University of Technology and obtained a degree in entertainment technology. She started her career as a comedienne in 2005, performing her first gig in a church. Four years later, she came out as a finalist on the comedy competition ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ season two on SABC1.
In 2010, she started her career in comedy professionally and has gone ahead to become the first comedian to record a one-woman show on DVD. She has performed in renowned comedy shows like ‘Blacks Only Comedy Showcase’, the first-ever Zulu stand-up comedy show at the Durban Playhouse, and SA Comic’s Choice Awards. From comedy, she has also ventured into acting and has been featured in movies and TV shows like 10 Days In Sun City, IsiBaya, Trippin with Skhumba, Lockdown, and Looking for Love.
Born 25th of August 1978, Celeste Ntuli Is Single and Childless
In Africa, immediately a girl crosses the age of 30 and is still single, all members of her family and the public at large would start wondering why she has not been able to get married. While most parents would pile lots of pressure on the lady, others would go as far as associating her singleness at that age to spiritual reasons.
Asides from the African mentality, Biology does not seem to favor women as well. And as a result of the fear of reaching menopause without a child, most women who are unmarried before the age of 40, opt for the option of having a child out of wedlock.
With all of these odds, Celeste Ntuli who is currently 44 years old and still single has decided to remain unperturbed as having a child out of wedlock does not seem to be in the comedienne’s plan at the moment.
She Is Unfazed About Being Single And Not Lowering Her Standard For Any Man
Normally, you would expect that Celeste Ntuli would be desperate to have a husband and as a result, jump into marriage with just any man who comes her way, like her character ‘Buyi Dube’ in the romantic comedy-drama, Looking for Love. However, on the contrary, she still keeps her cool. She is not alien to family members and friends trying to hook her up with men in a bid to put an end to her spinsterhood and sometimes it’s difficult to show such people how offensive it is, especially when you know they have your welfare in mind.
In an interview with Drum, she revealed that just like other women of her age who are single and childless, she has also faced her fair share of bashing from society. But thankfully, unlike most African families, her immediate family members are not putting her under undue pressure, rather, more of the pressure is coming from her distant extended family members who keep bringing to her notice that time is no longer on her side.
According to the actress, being single has taught her to love herself and accept herself the way she is but then, she does admit that some nights can be cold and lonely and on those nights, a lady may feel the need for a man. But then again, she focuses on all the advantages that being single offers, like allowing you to take total control of your life. She went on to add that she is so in control of her life that any man coming in just knows that he cannot dictate for this lady – and as such will not even try.
She said she took part in the movie ‘Looking for Love’ which she co-produced with Celeste, Malebo Manamela, and Aimee Dherman to help people understand the challenges single women of her age go through in society. It is obvious no other person would have nailed that role as perfectly as she did as she could totally relate to the character in real life. However, the only difference is that, unlike her character, ‘Buyi Dube’, she is not desperate for a husband in reality.
Celeste Ntuli Advocates For The Society To See Unmarried Women Of Her Age In A Different Light
It is totally common in Africa and especially in South Africa, for society to see unmarried women who have crossed 40 as a burden. People see them from the perspective that something is wrong with them. Celeste Ntuli who is not just over 40 but childless and plumpy at the same time knows exactly how this feels. In her own words, society sees women like herself as broken, but she sees society’s judgment as wrong as it truly is.
There is nothing wrong with women like her, in her case, her relationships have not just been working, and you can’t possibly blame her for that. One thing she ain’t doing is bringing down her standards for any man.
The Commediene Has Not Found It Easy Dating South African Men
Celeste Ntuli keeps her love life really private. As a result of this, even though she has been in previous relationships that did not work, we cannot say for sure who the men in question are. Even at the moment, we also do not know whether or not she is in a relationship.
However, she made it quite clear to everyone in an interview with Bona Magazine that she will never give in to making the first move on a man, rather, she will be patient and wait for him to do the needful. One of the challenges she has also faced is men’s preference for light-skinned girls – a pattern she refers to as mental slavery. Another major problem has been that oftentimes men always expect that every first date would end up in lovemaking and she doesn’t consent to that.
Celeste Ntuli Pulled A Stunt With A Wedding Dress On 2021 Father’s Day
On the 20th of June 2021, Fathers Day, to be precise, Celeste Ntuli posted a picture of herself in a wedding gown as a way to wish all black men, especially single fathers who meet her specs and are looking for stepmothers for their children, a Happy Fathers Day. To end her caption, she said that dress was what she would wear on their first date and then tagged ‘Plus Fab Bridal’, a bridal store that sells or rent wedding dresses to plus-sized women.
What we do not know is whether it was a paid promotion or Celeste Ntuli’s way of pulling the legs of the public to see what kind of reaction she would get.