Talented ex-Skeem Saam actress Shoki Mmola outlines future plans and theatre ambitions

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Ex-Skeem Saam actress Shoki Mmola has outlined her future plans just after her shock exit from the SABC1 drama series last month.

The Limpopo-born star is now turning her focus on mastering her skills in theatre and she revealed all her future plans in an interview with a daily publication.

Mmola played the role of Celia Magongwa on the daily television show and explains why she just decided to leave the series.

“I just decided to leave Skeem Saam after playing the character for 10 years because I wanted a new challenge. It was time for me to venture into new spaces,” she told Sunday World.

“I started feeling like I was in corporate because I woke up each day to wear the same face as Celia. I wanted to and had to choose something different.”

Soon after leaving the SABC1 drama, Mmola secured a role in the globally recognised, award-winning play Ruined, which opened for the first time in South Africa.

The fitness fanatic features in the show as she plays the role of Salima, retelling the story of a real-life woman who lived in the Democratic Republic of Congo and suffered brutal treatment during the civil war.

The characters in the film speak Lingala, Swahili, and French to retell the women’s stories authentically.

“Salima was abducted from her own house while her husband was out on something she had asked him to do. The men did whatever they wanted to do with her in the presence of her child and then killed the baby while she watched,” she added.

“They took them to some place where they had to fight for their survival each day but when they left, they went to Nandi’s tavern or brothel where it was also violent but better than where they had been.

“I am in love with theatre but I cannot reveal what is on the cards for me in this entertainment industry. I love directing but I don’t have the patience. I know that I am an excellent writer, and we will see where that takes me,” she concluded.

Main Image: Shoki Mmola/Instagram

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