With a career running around three decades, Gomora legendary star Mam Sonto ‘Connie Chiume’ scooped several top awards that filled her cabinet. The veteran actress has featured in many dramas, films and movies and her experience is arguably the best in Mzansi. Connie had been a constant on our small screens from as early as Apartheid.
A few weeks Sonto had been celebrating two of her most important awards and the whole nation congratulated her. It seemed that the awards she won recently are the epitome one may dream of getting in the industry. But what does Connie Chiume’s awards cabinet looks like?
Legendary Gomora actress ‘Mam Sonto’ Connie Chiume’s awards cabinet
Things did not start green for Connie after taking ten years to get her first award. In the year 2000, that’s when she won the Best Actress in a Drama Series at the SAFTAS South African Film and Television Awards. She went on to win yet another SAFTAS for her role as Stella Moloi with Zone 14 in 2015.
After exhausting the SAFTAS Best Actress Awards, Connie won yet another SAFTAS Lifetime Achievement Award and that is a milestone that many actors can only dream of. On top of that, she won another Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hollywood and African Prestigious Awards ‘HAPA’. Her last two awards show exactly the kind of actress Connie had grown to be after over thirty years in the entertainment industry. Indeed, there are a few actors in Mzansi who are able to match Connie’s awards cabinet.
Legendary Connie Chiume’s long and hard journey to success
In an interview with Podcast and MacG, Connie detailed her long journey from her first days in the industry. At first, Connie enrolled on the school of nursing but she could not finish her course after falling pregnant. She later went on to study teaching and that became her first course. She reached for a few years before she decided to go acting full time. She went abroad seeking greener pastures and that was not easy.
In 1989, she scooped her first Television appearance as Thembi on Inkom’ Edla Yodwa, and from then she never looked back. She went on to join other dramas like Rythm City, Zone 14, Black Panther and Gomora.
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