In just two episodes of the new Mzansi Magic drama series set in pre-colonial southern Africa, Queen Ibanathi has shown that she’s more than capable of leading the Khanya tribe to victory, despite the many odds against her.
Her vulnerability is her strength
When the death of her husband King Ndukuzakhe is brought to her attention, one would’ve expected Ibanathi to fall apart, but not this queen.
A moment of centring herself is all it took for her to make a decision that would not only save the Khanya tribe but also position her as a powerful queen.
Also, the bloody scene of her murdering prince Thulebona (young brother to King Ndukuzakhe) is a sign of a queen who is on a mission. A mission to not only preserve a tribe, but a legacy, even if it means cutting off short-sighted family members who do not see the vision.
She always spoke on behalf of her king
Queen Ibanathi understands that even though the Okuhle tribe is much stronger than hers does not account for her king to be disrespected by anyone, let alone another king.
A humble queen
Although she holds the highest title amongst her people, ego and arrogance are not in Queen Ibanathi’s DNA, unlike King Khombindlela, who had little to no regard for all the warriors that died on his behalf.
The queen humbled herself and honoured not only her husband but all those who perished in the name of preserving the Khanya tribe.
The actress portraying Queen Ibanathi
Avid viewers of Ifalakhe have been captivated by the actress who portrays Queen Ibanathi. Here’s what we’ve come to know about the actress.
Her real name is Ntokozo Ngcobo and she has been in the entertainment industry for over a decade. Although television viewers may not be familiar with her face, Ntokozo prides herself on not only being an actress but also a poet, author and singer.
Ntokozo comes from a theatre background and has performed in productions such as The Dim Dep Musical, The United Kingdom, and Athol Fugard’s Hello and Goodbye. She’s also the author of a book called Amaloba: The Traces.