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Thursday, April 14, 2016


(Nomagugu Gumede. Pic by John Hogg)

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) interviews Nomagugu Gumede, winner of a R105,000 ACT performing arts scholarship in 2011, who has completed her studies at Howard College in Durban.

To the question: “Is performing arts something you always wanted to do?”, Gumede replied: “One of my earliest memories is of me yearning to be a part of the entertainment world. At that stage, I didn’t understand how much hard work and dedication is needed to become a professional entertainer; all I knew was that it would be the perfect industry for me. If given the opportunity, I was sure I would excel, not only because of my immense passion and talent, but because I am unique and I have a burning desire to show it to the world.”

She remembers participating in the ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships with fondness.

“The ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarship competition was like no other. It is my greatest achievement to date, not only because I won a scholarship, but because I won my mother’s respect and support for my craft. Growing up in a township where art is frowned upon and not seen as a viable career choice is tough. It is even more difficult knowing your family sees your passion as a joke. My mother has always been against me pursuing this career path; and I was willing to risk our relationship for what I love and truly believe in. I knew I would never receive her blessing so I had to work extra hard to show her how serious I am, and what better way to prove myself than winning a scholarship to study what I love.”

The full interview can be seen on the ACT website at