Leading lady

Zikhona Bali

Actress Zikhona Bali chats to us about her leading role on Ambitions, the new drama series on eExtra. By Kwanele Mathebula

This is my first time playing lead in a drama series. I play lead character, Qhawe Ledwaba, a young investigative journalist who comes across a career-making story. The challenge of playing a lead character drew me to the show. I am excited to have been given the opportunity to portray a young and powerful black woman. I enjoy watching black women being superheroes.

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It took three months to shoot the show. I experienced every emotion I could imagine while shooting the show; from nerves to excitement. Because of the subject line of the story and its relevance to South Africa, I also took the time to prepare and make sure I arrived on set ready to give it my best. I tried to be present at all times.

I love that my character is dynamic. Outside of work, Qhawe is also a mother and is finding her way through motherhood. There’s also a love triangle with her that audiences will be shocked to find out about.

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What I hope that viewers learn from the show is that nothing goes unnoticed. I hope they learn that greed and power have the ability to destroy people and communities.

Ambitions airs at 9pm every Sunday and repeats every Wednesday at 9:30pm on eExtra on OpenView (Channel 105) and DStv (Channel 195).