From Dealing With Death Rumors, Diabetes and Depression – Actress Sophie Ndaba Shares Her Journey [Painful]
The past two years have been a breaker mat ride for actress Sophie Ndaba, who has had to deal with rumors that she had died, a fight against diabetes and losing her businesses, which led to her falling into depression.
She felt like she was carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders, and recalls those days as some of her darkest. But she had to remain strong and put on a brave face publicly because she did not want people to feel pity for her.
“It was the toughest two years of my life and, in the process, I lost myself. I would wake up in the morning and my whole body would be numb and aching. I had to witness people whom I thought were my friends mocking me behind my back, while others were trying to destroy my marriage. I’ve seen my own kids also going through depression; I’ve put them through a lot,” shares an emotional Ndaba during a telephonic interview with City Press.
But the 48-year-old has rebuilt herself and bounced back, and is once more adorning our TV screens, this time as the appealing Shanice Moore on the new SABC1 13-part drama series Family Secrets, which airs on Sundays at 7.30pm. She is also working behind the camera as an associate producer.
“The SABC has been my home for more than 21 years and I am glad to be back at the place that shaped my acting career. It has always been my dream to work behind the scenes, and this happened at the right time,” says an excited Ndaba.
She says that what attracted her to Family Secrets is that it is a true South African story that needs to be told. Her role as an associate producer involves working with the producer and putting the show together, and also understanding the look and feel of the show.
“I am looking forward to growing with the show and taking it to greater heights,” she said.
Family Secrets circles around the notorious, rich and powerful banker Caesar Mokwena, who owns a merchant bank but suffers a horrible kink of fate after he is involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident and escapes with the child of the couple he believes he killed on the eve of the grand opening of his bank.
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