Tilo ngwana Rashaka Mokgopo
Last night the curtains came down on one of Muvhango’s original cast members who has been with the soap opera since its inception about 17 years ago.
Ndivhuho Mutsila who plays the role of stubborn and conformist Albert Mukwevho has left the onscreen production of Muvhango. But his exit is apparently not one of those ‘fok fok pack your bags and leave and never dare to look back.’
In an interview with Move! magazine, Mutsila told Zibusisozethu Sithole that “Although I have enjoyed it, I’m tired and want to carry on with my work as a cultural advisor and translator (of the soapie) and maybe my career in education,” he was quoted as saying.
Mutsila is a teacher by profession and studied at the then Bantu black University of the North, now University of Limpopo.
Although the media shy Mutsila will miss playing Albert, he was nonetheless quick to add that he learnt very little from the character he has played for almost two decades. “I can’t say I’ve learned anything from Albert.”
He went further to add “I’m grateful to have been part of this pioneering series that has done so much in teaching people about the Venda language and Culture.
“I hope there are many spin-offs from it giving opportunities that will continue to develop Venda people and put our culture and our language on the map,” he said.
What you’ll miss about Albert.
- He had a good sense of humor when he wanted to.
- He was the only person among all the uncles in the Mukwevho household who could actually stand up to Azwindini and make him listen for once.
- His determination and stubbornness when it comes to business was always noteworthy
- He was resilient
- As stubborn as he was, he was loving and caring (but in his own terms and conditions)
What you won’t miss about Albert.
- If you are liberalist and feminist like me, you actually won’t miss Albert’s conservative approach to many things.
- His approach to life was that a woman’s duty is in the kitchen and she should, at all times, be submissive towards her husband as she’s nothing but a subject to her male counterpart
- He didn’t take lightly to people engaging him in a constructive argument.
- It was seldom his fault.
Muvhango airs every weekday from 21:00 only on SABC 2.
About the author:
Tilo Mokgopo, aged 22, holds two degrees from Wits University. An undergraduate BA degree in Media studies and Political studies and a honors degree in Media Studies. A former sub-editor for a community media outlet publishing five publications under its wing.
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