South African beauty Nomzamo Mbatha is the official ambassador of the 2017 ESSENCE Festival Durban, taking place this fall from September 26 to October 1.

A rising starlet in the entertainment industry, the 27-year-old actress currently has a lead role on the popular S.A. soapie, Isibaya, and has starred in two films. She is also the co-host of BET A-List, a weekly lifestyle and entertainment magazine show on BET Africa. On the modeling front, she is the face of Neutrogena South Africa, a L’Oreal Paris hair advocate, and an ambassador for both Puma South Africa and Audi. 

Simply put, she’s poppin! Scroll through to get to know Nomzamo a little better with these 9 interesting facts.

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