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Gcina Nkosi is a South African actress who was born on July 10, 1971. She was born in Umlazi, in KwaZulu Natal, and was raised by her mother and grandmother. Gcina is well known for her role on Scandal as Zinzile Ngema, the wife of Mlungisi Ngema. Gcina is the youngest of six children, and her mom was a cleaner at a factory and a site steward. Her father was involved in politics and spent years in prison. He passed away shortly after being released from prison in 1987.

Gcina’s Education
Gcina attended Zwelibanzi High School in KwaZulu-Natal. After that, she went on to Durban University of Technology (DUT) to study drama, but she had to drop out because of money issues. 

Gcina’s mother was intelligent, and she wanted to acquire a university degree, but her father denied her. Her father thought that his wife (Gcina’s mother) was his property and that he had to control her. As a result, Gcina was determined to make it in life, so she went further with her education until university, where she dropped out because she didn’t have funds to continue her studies.

Acting Career 
Even though she dropped out of university, she didn’t give up on her dreams; she kept auditioning for acting roles until she finally got one. Gcina “Zinzile Ngema” started her acting career in 2009 on Scandal eTV South Africa. She has been acting on Scandal for over ten years. Gcina is famously known for her role on Scandal as Mrs. Zinzile Ngema, the wife of Mr. Mlungisi Ngema. The couple has mutual respect for each other as they follow the African culture in their home.

They encourage their three children to work hard at school and to have humility. 
Gnina Nkosi relates to her role as Zinzile Ngema because the character she portrays reminds her of her mother. Zinzile Ngema believes that women have a right to education, but her husband, Mlungisi Ngema, is against women’s education because he is rooted in African traditions. This is why Gcina relates to Zinzile because her mother also faced the same challenge with her husband. 

This was a setback, and she had to wait for things to cool down. However, Gcina was also disappointed by the inefficiency of the government in putting a halt to this. She, however, did not condone the violence and said it was very wrong but also that the government was clearly not on the people’s side. After the rioting ended, Gcina returned to Johannesburg and resumed her work.

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