Shoki Mmola strength and resilience playing as Celia Magongwa in Skeem Saam

A woman that needs no introduction. A force to be reckoned with is what Shoki Mmola is. A mother, actress, casting director, acting coach and fashion designer she seems to be the best at so many things.

Apart from playing Celia Magongwa in Skeem Saam, Shoki is also known for her role as Grace in the SABC1 mini-series Death of a Queen. She also played the role of Tumi in the soapie Muvhango.

Other television series she has acted in include Kgatelopele, Moshwela Tharing, Old Grand Hotel, The Burning Issue, Generations, Body Kids and Soul City.

Heeding the call for a fashion career on the side, Shoki also owns her own fashion company called Vintageshock Couture where she is singlehandedly able to sew any garment of choice from scratch.

Now, as much as she’s had her success career wise, Shoki wasn’t as lucky when it came to her marriage. A personal part of her life that she has always been quite open about. After calling it quits “We don’t cry anymore,” she says. “We’re just living our lives to the fullest”.

Her strength and resilience has been tested to its limits, but she has learned the necessary skills to survive. Maybe that’s the one thing Shoki and her character Celia have in common.

We also know however, that if all hell breaks loose whether at home or at work, Celia will save herself and her family first before saving anyone else. And as strong as she usually tries to be, her weakness will always be her love for her children and her thirst to attain financial freedom at all costs.

#SkeemSaam airs every weeknight on SABC 1 at 18.30. 

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