Bonnie Mbuli is one of the local TV personalities who have received both local and international acclaim, alongside the likes of comedian Trevor Noah and actresses Thuso Mbedu, Pearl Thusi, Nondumiso Tembe and Leleti Khumalo.
Mbuli, who recently bowed out of her three-year presenting gig with SABC 3’s Afternoon Express, has joined the cast of the eagerly awaited season 1 of the BBC One series called Noughts and Crosses, where she portrays the character of Jasmine Hadley.
Noughts and Crosses is an adaptation of the first book in the novel series of the same name by Malorie Blackman.
The series is directed by Julian Holmes and Koby Adom.
Without giving away too much, due to contractual agreements, Mbuli said she felt honoured to be part of telling such a powerful and important story.
She believes the new venture is a stamp of black excellence and, “speaks to the young African child, that they too can dream beyond these borders”.
“That you are a global player and your gifts and talents can make a valuable contribution to the world, that the world is ready to hear from you.
“Step up, your hard work will not be in vain,” said Mbuli who is also the author of Eye Bags and Dimples.
Mbuli has been in the game since she was 13 venturing into radio and TV among other fields, and 25 years later, it shouldn’t be surprising that her star is shining even brighter.
But Mbuli has remained unfazed by the trends and changes that come with the industry because, as she said: “My daily quest is to find my own way of getting to where I want, and making sure that it aligns with my purpose.
“There’s always a new path to discover, we don’t all have to travel the same route to get there.
“I’ve had a really fulfilling career and I’m super proud and grateful for all I’ve achieved.”