Actress, Presenter, Voice Artist
Date of Birth: 11 October 1964
Height: 1.68m Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Skills: Presenting, MC, Voice Artist
Born in East London, South Africa, Nomava Kibare was thrust into the life of an immigrant following expulsion from SA, as a result of her father, Vuyani Mngaza’s incarceration by the Apartheid regime, a P.A.C political activist in the 60’s. On his release her parents fled the country and the children soon followed. She spent her childhood in exile in Sierra Leone, Nigeria & her family finally settled in Birmingham UK as political refugees.
As a teenager she was a dancer with the Africana Dance group, who performed in local cultural events. Her hobbies were dancing, music, sewing, painting & sports. She went on to study a Diploma in Art & Design , followed by Clothing Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University (formerly Polytechnic). It was here in 1985, when a photographer told her to seriously consider Modelling as a career. She was soon signed on to Carol Jones Models Agency in Manchester. While a student, she worked as a Model in local fashion shows , hair model at “Hair 86”show,& on Product promotions between 1985- 88.
She married in 1988 to Vincent Kibare, & moved to his home country Kenya. In the 90’s she worked as a lecturer at the Kenya Polytechnic Clothing Technology Dept, and at Evelyn College of Design. She was also a Fashion Buyer for Deacons Kenya Ltd and ran her own business Azania Style while raising her three young sons.
In the late 90’s a Newspaper ad in search of South African nationals to be cast in a movie “Forgotten” piqued Nomava’s interest. She auditioned, & was cast as a Support Lead role as Lisa, a Human Rights Lawyer, which was her first professional acting gig! The experience on set reignited her love of the camera and performing, since Modelling and Dancing on stage many years ago.
In 1999 she was approached by Nation TV, who were looking for fresh faces for English News Presenters. They loved Nomava’s look and distinct voice, she was trained and became a News Anchor at Nation TV Kenya from 2000 – 2002. She returned to South Africa with her family in Jan 2003. Nomava had brief stints as a News Presenter on Summit TV, and TV Africa in 2003. She later became a Presenter for Mindset Health, as well as Memar TV (Ethiopia) commissioned educational programs for Ethiopian High Schools. Her first TV acting role in SA, came in 2004 in Isidingo as Betty and later 2005 as Thembi (twin to Betty). Her big role came as Lead Actor in Soul City as Lihle season 7 and 8 2006 &2007. She has also acted in minor roles in Home Affairs & Jacob’s Cross. Nomava has worked in Community Development as a Manager at Outreach
Foundation, Hillbrow, which offers a safe haven and after school training for youth in Theatre (Drama), Music, Sewing & Crafts & Computer skills among other skills development programs.
Nomava loves to entertain and enjoys good food and cooking. She enjoys travelling and attending live performances and the Theatre when time allows. Her exposure has made her very open minded, and she easily adapts to people from different cultures and walks of life. This comes as no surprise with her background added to the fact that all her siblings married spouses from different nationalities, Botswana, Jamaica, Zimbabwe, America & Switzerland.
She is passionate about Human Rights and Justice, and a firm supporter of (responsible) freedom of expression. Nomava currently lives in Alberton, and keeps herself busy in the family business Abantu Baking Solutions (Pty) Ltd. She is happily married to Vincent Njuguna Kibare for 30years, and they have three sons Kibare wa Njuguna (Leon) , the late Vuyani Njuguna ( passed on in 2009) and Yalezo Njuguna.