Multi-award winner Nambitha Ben-Mazwi is starring in her first lead role in a Showmax Original in Empini, opposite three-time SAFTA winner Siyabonga Thwala.  

Set in the dangerous world of the private security industry, the 52-episode series is a high-stakes, action-packed drama about Ndoni Themba (Ben-Mazwi), a deeply troubled private security bodyguard in search of answers.

Thwala plays her mentor, Khaya Bhodoza: a prominent businessman and political stalwart. 

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Ben-Mazwi, nicknamed Lady Nam by her fans, was named Hot Chick of the Year at the Feather Awards and Most Stylish Performing Artist in Film/TV at the SA Style Awards. A Global Citizen ambassador, she was hand-picked by Beyoncé to appear in Black Is King and has had trending roles in the likes of The QueenThe EstateScandalBroken Vows and Doubt.

“I’d like to believe that I manifested playing such a character,” says Lady Nam. “My team and I have been working on a strategy for the past two years on branching into a role that showcases my skills as an actress who can also perform in a high-paced action drama. As a strategist, I’ve been meticulous in my career and how I avoid playing the same character twice. The time is now to showcase the range I possess in my acting.”

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Ben-Mazwi says Ndoni is her most physically demanding role yet. “I’ve done a physically challenging role before, but not to this extent. However, I also did Muay Thai fighting for two years so when I got this role, I was excited because I could now use my skill as a Muay Thai fighter. I’m generally an active person but for this role I’ve had to also up my training, change my diet and do more strength training to ensure that I fully immerse myself into this character.”

Empini starts streaming on Showmax from 23 May 2024 with two new episodes every week.

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