On Friday 8TH July, we saw Jama succumb to heavy partying when alcohol became his demise. We chat to Oros Mampofu about that fateful night and how he feels about saying goodbye to his character, which he reveals was never meant to last as long as it did.
What led Jama to his actions on that night?
He was anxious about his future both as a young man exiting his teens and his love life with his girlfriend Ayanda who was yet to accept his proposal. He never really wanted to go to the party, but he was pushed by Tbose and the guys. Ayanda’s blessing also helped him relax a lot more, but from the moment we met Jama, it’s evident he had a drinking problem. It was his way of unwinding from the confined person he usually is and was raised as. Ayanda’s indecision about the engagement also adds to the pressure hence he knocks down the drinks.
What are his dying thoughts?
The fear of what’s going on as he lays on the bathroom floor unconscious is crippling. He doesn’t understand what’s happening and worries about leaving the people he loves behind. It’s a combination of confusion, frustration and fear.
What’s the lesson behind Jama’s death?
Peer pressure and overindulgence can be fatal. It can happen to anyone.
How was it shooting those last few scenes?
It was a beautiful experience for me. It’s a transitional moment and signals a new journey and new purpose. It’s always sad to leave something you love, but it’s part of the journey and your maturity as an individual.
What’s your favourite Jama memory?
The beginning of his journey when he first came to Joburg. It was him, Tbose, Kwaito and Emkay living it up and clubbing after just meeting each other. Jama was exploring this new life and was bewildered by all of the lights and excitement. From the moment I was chose during the Skeem Saam open auditions last year, I realised life would never be the same after that.
What are you going to miss most about working on Skeem Saam?
It never really felt like work for me because of the connection we all had. We were family. It was the perfect place to start my acting journey and I’ll forever be grateful that I started there. Playing Jama gave me a degree of self-esteem to walk into the industry with my head held high.
What’s next for Oros?
I’ve started the #RunningWithOros movement to redefine what it means to be young and innovative in the industry. My aim is to encourage the youth that you can define your own reality if you look within. I’m looking to be the pioneer of that kind of mindset. I’m not just an actor anymore. I’m looking into production, motivational speaking and music. I want to be an example to the fact that hard work and commitment to an idea gets you a long way. Things are about to blow up in the most interesting way. Not everything has to be a job. with a passion, money is secondary.