This article was written by Zamandulo Malonde of The Herald and is also available here.
From Port Elizabeth to New York and back, actress Nambitha Ben-Mazwi, 29, returned to her home town on Wednesday to inspire women at the Chosen to Speak Girlfriends’ evening at Word of Faith Christian Centre, her childhood church.
The former Collegiate Girls’ High School pupil, who relocated to Cape Town in 2007 after matric to study business science marketing at the University of Cape Town (UCT), has placed women empowerment at the centre of her craft since becoming an influential actress and radio and television personality.
Speaking at the night of inspiration and worship, Ben-Mazwi encouraged women – and a handful of men – to find their purpose in life and fully dedicate themselves to it.
“I really want to encourage each and everyone of you to find your purpose and live for it,” she said. “We each have our own unique DNA and purpose, and there’s no one who can live someone else’s purpose.”
The actress made her on-screen debut with a hair products commercial as a teenager and was an MC for MTN during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
She has since bagged a role in the Netflix hit remake of Black Mirror and the international BET production of Madiba.
Ben-Mazwi moved to New York after obtaining her honours at UCT. The arts bug then bit while she was pursuing a corporate career, which saw her quit and follow her passion.
Upon returning to SA in 2013, she went from one TV show to the next including e.tv’s Broken Vows, Mzansi Magic drama Doubt and SABC 3 breakfast show The Weekend Edition.
Revisiting her journey from a corporate life to the arts, she advised guests to take calculated risks but to keep in mind that things might not always work out as planned.
The actress, who grew, up in New Brighton and later moved to Rowallan Park, said her love for the arts had been birthed at the church.
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, 3 September 2018 – Word of Faith Christian Centre will be hosting a Women’s Conference starting on Friday, 7 September and ending on Sunday, 9 September with a Family Fun Day.
A weekend event, the conference will take place at the 2000-seater Word of Faith Christian Centre church in William Moffett Expressway.
This year the conference features keynote speakers Wyona Norman and Bianca Lee Norman from the United Kingdom, local pastor, Abby Blignaut, and Arise founder, Mariana Crompton.
Word of Faith invites all women to an inspirational weekend complimented with a pop-up beauty salon, food trucks, stalls, a second-hand shop, delicious coffee, an indian cuisine restaurant, inspirational talks, practical breakaway sessions and time with your girlfriends.
This year the Arise conference boasts a Q & A session on sensitive women’s health topics such as the M Cup, menopause, depression and digital breast screening with local nurses and experts from Schuin Villa Pharmacy, a talk about financial skills with Momentum regional manager, Alice Selokoma, and a cooking class with local chef, Sandhir Orie.
In addition, attendees stand the chance of winning a weekend for two at the 5-star Kuzuko Lodge to the value of R14600, jewellery from Havilah Designer Jewellers and a R3000 cash prize from Charl Lötter of CB Estates.
Proceeds from the Arise second-hand shop will go toward non-profit organisation, Project Hope. Women attending can also ‘Adopt a Girl’ from the organisation by providing her with a toiletry bag, her upcoming camp fee, or a notebook and pen. Upon adopting a girl, attendees receive her name, age and a letter she has written to her benefactor.
“At Arise we want to enable and equip women to go back to their homes and neighbourhoods as agents of positive life change with an ‘I can’ that will last,” says founder and host, Mariana Crompton.
“Your life is way bigger than the moment you’re in right now, your influence is far greater than you realize, you have been chosen and called to the kingdom for such a time as this,” writes Wyona Norman in her blog about the upcoming conference.
Arise is the best place to wind down from the buzz of life and also a time to focus on your own life, spiritually, emotionally and physically.
Registrations for individual seminars and breakaway sessions open at 6pm on the Friday evening. To register for the Arise Conference Women’s Conference complete the online form on www.ariseconference.org.za or email email@example.com. The first 500 women to register receive a complimentary gift.
Arise 2014 Conference Report
At the first light of spring over 700 women gathered from across South Africa at Word of Faith Christian centre to hear the uthentic messages by Vanessa Goosen and Esther Meshoe.
Both speakers complimented the conference with their moving stories from devastation to redemption by meeting King Jesus.
Women young and old united in fellowship at the ninth annual ARISE Women’s Conference with this years focus ‘I am an Overcomer’ inspired by Psalm 39:10-11: ”You turned my mourning into joyful dancing”.
Former beauty queen, Vanessa Goosen, told a tale of how when she was in the world, she had very little time for God. But when got caught up as a drug mule and sentenced to death in a Thai prison, she cried out to Jesus to save her.
Esther Meshoe, a dynamic successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, encouraged women to ‘be specific’ about their dreams, for “where there is no vision my people shall perish”. (Read Proverbs 27:18)
Vanessa and Esther have overcome life’s unpredictable adversities by rising up with courage and conviction.
Delegates at the conference were blessed with terrific weather, solid teaching and outstanding worship and performing arts with the likes of Michelle Gray and René Marks.
“I am leaving this conference feeling empowered and encouraged to take on whatever lemons life throws at me”, shares Queen Molefe, a first time ARISE attendee.
The conference made provision for women from all interest groups by offering seminars relating to faith, business and creative arts all inspired by the Holy Spirit. On-site coffee lounges, a beauty spa and a marketplace kept ladies busy between sessions.
You can purchase the full ARISE 2014 Conference or individual workshops on DVD or audio by contacting Word of Faith Christian Centre on (041) 399 4400.
Click here to see photos from the Arise 2014 Event.