Through her famous role as the HIV positive Nandipha in the hugely popular daily soap Isidingo, Hlubi Mbova has become an unwitting yet highly willing HIV/AIDS ambassador throughout Africa,
embracing the opportunity the show has given her to raise awareness of the disease and becoming a role model, educator, agony aunt and nurse wherever she travels. Making her acting debut in the role in 2000, Hlubi says: “I love what I do. Originally I studied 3rd world politics and world labour laws at UCT. Now I see myself as a lawyer and politician in my art.”
Most recently Hlubi landed a role in the fully South African produced, written and directed kung fu film, “Shogun Khumalo Is Dying”. She has also graced the covers of most of the top SA publications and made history as the first black non-model woman to feature on the cover of Elle magazine.
Hlubi spends a lot of her time taking part in fund raisers and uplifting underprivileged children. Yesterday she attended the Easter event with the Nashua Children’s Charity Foundation, here is what she had to say about it “Yesterday was spectacular, was with Nashua Children’s Charity Foundation spending the beginning of Easter with 400 hundred kiddies in need! We spent the entire day at the Jhb ZOO and it was fabulous!! Check out the kiddies from Thuthuzel Home.”
Hlubi has a passion for the youth and tries to spend a lot of her time to be a positive role model for them, she has been to the National School of the Arts to speak with the children and inspire them to reach their dreams.
She not only devotes her time to the youth but to animals in distress as well. Hlubi took part in the NSPCA Naked Shoot Picnic in association with Marie Claire magazine, creating awareness and adding a voice to those who don’t have one.
Hlubi has now been recognised by Land Rover South Africa and has been named one of the Range Rover Evoque City Shapers (attached is the press release) have been chosen because they are influential in their cities and have interesting points of view that people listen to. They come from different aspects of culture that make up the varied nature of their cities, from arts, the creative industry, film, music, fashion, media – anywhere where they’ve made their own mark and shaped the cities they live in.
The Pulse of the City campaign is a global campaign that is running throughout this year to the launch of the Range Rover Evoque at the end of the year. To help launch the global Range Rover Evoque Pulse of the City campaign, Land Rover South Africa has collaborated with four local influencers across various genres that will ‘Bring their city to life’; fashion, design, film and media.
Hlubi Mboya, best known for her role as HIV positive Nandipha in the hugely popular daily soap, Isidingo and HIV/AIDS ambassador throughout Africa; and Dr Sarah Britten, a Strategic Planning Director by day and blogger and writer by night; Craig Jacobs, brainchild behind local Eco fashion brand, Fundudzi; and Siphiwe Mpye, deputy editor of GQ Magazine and recently voted one of South Africa’s most stylish men.
The local City Shapers epitomise the new Range Rover audience and will be working with the team to launch the Evoque brand during 2011 and post – launch in 2012.
Hlubi is a revolutionary and definitely an inspiring woman, being involved with so many projects and charities, lending her voice to create awareness for those who cannot speak for themselves. She makes a difference in the lives of people where ever she goes.
Hlubi, we salute you!