The talented young actress wouldn’t have had it any other way if she could have chosen how to celebrate her 16th birthday.
Eight months ago, her life took an unexpected turn when she was forced to enrol in an initiation school in order to complete ukuthwasa and become a sangoma. She recently celebrated her 16th birthday, as well as her homecoming and graduation as a sangoma. In addition, she completed her training as a sangoma.
She went to ephehlweni, an initiation school, eight months ago to learn and comprehend her gift and calling in order to answer the summons that had been placed on her.
She had a lot on her plate between school, her job, and initiation school. She had to think about it and come to terms with the fact that she is not like other teenagers in order to move on. This was not an easy task for her.
Dakalo Gift Mopole, an actress, a drummer, and a choreographer, recently spoke with Drum about the life-altering adventure that she plans to embrace as the chosen one.
She was aware that she was unique when she was growing up and used art as a means of expressing herself. She used to perform rather frequently, most often on stage or in dance productions. She is now known by the moniker Mkhulu Phahla Metsing, which brings with it a certain amount of responsibility.
She claims that it fills her with joy to be able to honour her great-grandfather, and she has agreed to take on the responsibility because of all that he has done for her in the past.
“Everything that I have in life is all thanks to him, so honouring him for me is something that I can do every day, and I don’t mind going through this road honouring him, and I feel so glad serving him.” “Honouring him for me is something that I can do every day.”
According to Dakalo, the fact that her artistic pursuits and her vocation go hand in hand is how she first became aware that she possessed a unique quality.
“Art is something that has always been there; I’m not sure where I received the impulse to create it.” I used to perform rather frequently when I was younger, whether it was on stage or anytime I was given a platform, and I would dance whenever I did so. Even if it were a performance in front of the whole class, I wouldn’t be embarrassed to take part in anything artistic.
When she was 13, she enrolled at the National School of the Art, and when she was 15, she came to the conclusion that she wanted to make a living as an artist.
She started having dreams and visions right around the time that she joined the cast of Pearls of Wisdom on Showmax, which was a pivotal moment in the development of both her career and her personal life. This was not the first time, but rather a pattern that developed over time, and she always discussed it with her mother.
“Last year, I came to the conclusion that I have a calling, and in order to meet this calling, I travelled to the location that my forefathers had shown me. She says, “I stayed at my Gobela’s house for nine months, and I thought of it as a life-changing event. Being as young as I am, I didn’t consider of it as abuse; rather, it was natural”
“It was at that time that I realized how answering the calling would work for me, how it was going to work for other people, and what am I going to “And because of that, and the positive side of it, I realized that this is a chance to take to also change my life, and that is how I accepted my calling,” Dakalo says. “And because of that, and the positive side of it.”
She reports that balancing education and everything else was difficult, and that it occasionally slipped out of her control. She tells Drum that in order for her to prioritize her responsibilities, she has “had to accept that I don’t have a social life.”
“Now that I have finished everything, I feel very proud, joyful, and more driven to work after all of the advice I have had during my homecoming ceremony, and I feel like the world is ready for me.” “Now that I have finished everything, I feel like the world is ready for me. In addition, I am filled with gratitude for everyone’s support”.
She is still following a stringent diet, but she exclaims that she can’t wait until two weeks from now to put her hands on a seafood boil. Her mother, Ouma Molope, claims that at first it was very difficult to accept because their family does not currently have any sangomas and the sangoma tradition was something that was practiced by the family’s older members. Despite this, she is overjoyed and proud that Dakalo decided to embark on this adventure.
“At the time, my grandfather was a sangoma, and it was quite challenging for me to accept that.” She was having these dreams and images at the same time. I was able to predict where she would end up down this road, but I just couldn’t bring myself to accept it. It is difficult to accept, particularly when the youngster is already sixteen years old.
“It took me three months to accept that my child needs to answer her calling because when this thing happens, the child has visions and dreams and her results at school are now dropping, she has headaches, is always sleepy, and her nose bleeds, that is when I took it seriously,” Ouma says. “When this thing happens, the child has visions and dreams and when this thing happens, the child’s results at school are now dropping, she has headaches, and she is always sleepy, and when
She claims that her daughter began to have trouble concentrating and began isolating herself, and it was at that point that she began to take Dakalo’s calling seriously, although it was still difficult for her.
“This is my only kid, and it has not been easy for me to come to terms with the fact that she is going to spend the next six months living with another family.” It was necessary for me to acknowledge and have a grasp on what it is that she should be doing.