While it seems our local celebrities seem to be getting the evangelical calling - Ntsoro, Vee Mampeezy, Berry Heart and apparently Vee's Black Money Makers signee Mingo as well, not to mention Kast, just over the border, the celebrities seem to be following a parallel route.
While ancestral worship is as natural as, well, lobola, for us as Africans, one would be hard pressed to find a local celebrity who'd openly admit to practicing it. When the ancestors call though, you can't just hang up.
Recently, while Boity was on baecation she took time out to go give thanks to her ancestors and it got us wondering, which other celebrities are balancing the spiritual and secular paths?
Here's a list of celebs you might not have known are sangomas as well. Some actively practice while others only went through the process of ukuthwasa (initiation) and kept it moving.
Letoya's probably the most recognizable on the list. The actress, singer and TV personality has been very vocal about her journey walking in the limelight and with spirit and continues to thrive in both aspects.
Yes, the L'Vovo. Back in 2016 he went through the initiation process.
2016 was Boity's initiation year as well. According to ZAlebs, the star stated in an interview with Metro FM'S Fresh Breakfast: "They're two different people (Boity and Gogo Boitumelo) and I can do it both. If I was not born to do it both (being famous and being a sangoma) I am sure that my ancestors would remove one to ensure that I concentrate on the other. I think I've found a nice balance and I'm treading carefully on this journey when it comes to my calling. I don't take chances if they say I can't do something or I mustn't do something, I don't ask, and I will not try fight for Boity just for Gogo Boitumelo to get sidelined."
In an old DRUM article Nandi revealed that she'd gone through initiation at 17 after suffering an illness Drs couldn't diagnose or fix and shared that she still assists her daughter, who also got the calling, with consultations.