Zola Nombona is an award-winning South African actress born on March 10, 1992. The 31 years old gained notoriety in 2013 through her role as Shado in Intersexions, a local drama series based on HIV/Aids that was aired on SABC 1.
The actress, who is happily married to celebrity TV and film producer Thomas Gumede, is also a talented dancer and singer. Nombona is currently one of the most hotly sought-after talents in the industry.
What is Zola Nombona’s Age?
Zola Nombona is 31 years old. She was born on the 10th of March 1992 in South Africa. She is of black ethnicity and was raised by supportive parents. The identities of other members of her family are not known to the public.
This beautiful screen diva received her high school education at Victoria Girls’ High School, Grahamstown. She had a lifelong passion for drama even though her father did not support it. However, she went on to study Dramatic Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand, earning a bachelor’s degree there.
Her Birthplace is Mthatha in Eastern Cape
The award-winning actress hails from Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa. She spent the bulk of her life in the town as she was raised there alongside her siblings by her parents.
Zola Nombona Launched her Acting Career at the age of 21
South African actress made her acting debut in the drama series Intersexions. Though she was twenty-one at the time, she effortlessly played the role of a seventeen-year-old teenager, Shado. She was considered to be in a good position to play the role, having ‘graduated’ from being a teenager.
She went to Johannesburg for the audition and was thrilled when she was contacted and asked to play the part. It was the role that helped her father truly see her passion for drama as she threw herself into it, revealing her talents in acting.
Her first star role was as the character Roxanne in Zbondiwe, a drama aired on e.tv in 2015. She was twenty-three years old at the time. Since then, the Eastern Cape-born actress has since then starred in several other roles, winning the hearts of many with her beauty, charm, and acting skills.
The actress has won an award and has been nominated severally for various industry awards, which proves her accomplishment in her chosen field.
Zola Nombona’s Award and Nominations
- In 2017, she was nominated for the Golden Horn Award for Best Actress in a TV Comedy.
- In 2018 and 2019, she was nominated for the Golden Horn Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role in TV Drama.
- In 2020, she was nominated for Best Actress at the SAFTAs.
- Zola Nombona, however, won the Golden Horn Award for Best Achievement by a Lead Actress in a Made for TV Movie in 2016.
In Addition to Her Acting Career, She has Dabbled in the Music Business
Zola Nombona collaborated with DJ Active in his hit song “I Like It,” which also featured Emza and Mpumi. Her other songs are “Mr. Luu X MSK” and “Move” from the album House of Helen Vol. 1.
While in high school and University, the actress was a member of her school choir. She really enjoys listening to music and dancing in her free time. Though Zola is blessed with an amazing voice, she says she is not ready yet to venture into music fully because of the respect she has for the industry.
She Recently Launched her Shapewear Line, Lxve.
Zola Nombona, at the age of 30, launched a women’s shapewear brand called Lxve with the aim of driving body positivity by being inclusive of all body shapes and sizes. There’s also an option for people to shop on her brand’s website; the journey has been rewarding so far.
The wears are for girls as young as 13 years old to women over 60 years old. She revealed that the idea that gave birth to Lxve was born in her quest for something comfortable and sexy to wear at home after a long day’s work.
It was a quest that became a task for her after she gave birth to her son. With it came the thoughts of women needing to love and accept their bodies and be confident, no matter their age or what they’re going through. This is what she hopes her brand will help women achieve beyond just having something suitable to wear.
Besides Acting and Music, Nombona Has Other Revenue Streams
Zola is a hard-working woman with multiple income streams. Here are some of the avenues through which the Intersexion former star builds her net worth.
Partnership with Elite Brands
In 2019, at age 27, she became the brand ambassador for the popular beauty brand Avroy Shlain. She also secured a deal with Foschini All Women’s “Buyel’ekhaya” campaign as its brand ambassador at age 30. She announced her partnership with the mega retail brand in October 2022.
Other known brands she has promoted include ShowMax and Huawei.
Nombona received substantial earnings for appearing as a presenter in season 11 of The South African Film and Television Awards.
She also appeared in Red Cake: Not the Cooking Show S2 as a Celebrity Guest, which boosted her popularity.