Wanda Zuma talks about his childhood- “I tried so hard to fit in.”

Wanda Zuma or Wanda Blaq Sir Zuma is a South African actor, poet, and musician from Kwa-Zulu Natal. He calls himself a “performing artist” because he loves to perform. Whether it be poetry, music, or acting, whatever he explores and finds himself good at.

Wanda Zuma had hard time to fit in growing
Wanda Zuma had hard time fitting in growing

He’s an explorer, so to speak. Zuma was born in 1991 and is currently 32 years old as of 2023. Zuma is most popular for his role on House of Zwide as Nkosi Zwide. However, he has also played Mthunzi on Imbewu The Seed.

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Wanda Zuma on his upbringing

Zuma was raised by both his parents; however, he spent most of his childhood with his father’s boss. His father worked for a Caucasian man in the suburbs, and the man had no family. So, as a result, he offered for Wanda’s family to come stay with him.

The unnamed man chose to live on the first floor, while Wanda and his family lived on the second one. He attended Grosvenor High School for boys (we believe it was for boys because he said he attended Grosvenor). The school was in Bluff, which is a few kilometers from his home township in Umlazi.

Wanda Zuma grew in the Suburban
Wanda Zuma grew in the suburbs.

He would take Wanda to the library every single day and make sure Wanda read books. So, Wanda was pretty much some form of nerd, to be honest. However, he also liked to play and would make sure to keep a balance.

Wanda grew up in a duality type of etiquette. Meaning, he grew up in both suburban and township life. And I would have to learn to adapt to the township etiquette when in the township. As well as adapting to the suburban one when in the burbs.

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Wanda says he feels “Too White” when he’s at Umlazi

Zuma said that he felt “too white” when he was visiting Umlazi and “too black” when in the suburbs. However, he was very good at adapting and would wear the township character well when in Umlazi.

This, he says, was one of the progressive cues to his self-discovery as an actor. Zuma attributes most of his passion for acting to reading drama books in class. In fact, he would enjoy dramatizing such moments because of how fun it was for him.

Wanda Blaq Zuma plays Nkosi on House of Zwide

However, it was only after matriculation that Zuma studied drama. He removed a very important subject from his stream so that he increased his chances of doing what he loved. Even though his parents tried to choose for him.

He persisted and did what he loved in the end, and it paid off. However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing, as he had to pick some minor roles initially, but in retrospect, things went well. And now you see him playing Nkosi on House of Zwide.

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