The Essence with: Nkoto Malebye known as Boitshoko on Scandal Part 1

Nkoto Malebye is a South African actress, playwright and singer best known for featuring in the SABC1 reality series Life’s a Stage, which documents the cast of the play Trapped as they go to the Grahamstown and Saltzburg theatre festivals.

Nkoto hails from Mpumalanga. She started her singing career at the age of five and she was lead singer of a gospel choir for two years.

She attended the National School of the Arts in Braamfontein, where she took part in A Free State, Janet Suzman’s adaptation of Anton Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard, and the musical The Rainbow Child.


In 2006 Malebye had in her professional debut in Ain’t Misbehavin’. She has written and staged her own play, My Daddy Loves Me, winning awards for best director, best original music and best set design in the National School of the Arts Original Works Festival.

In 2007 she played the lead in Soweto Story.

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