It’s a dream come true!
Acting was all a joke for Tony, and she never saw real potential in herself to make it in the creative arts industry, far worse winning awards was her daydream that had no place in reality, not in a 1 000 years, as her career had just begun.
It took her 30 years to stop procrastinating about exploring her capabilities, one year to feature in a professional television show, and only two years to be recognised on the national arena.
Antoneitte Melinda Sango, famously known as Tony, walked away with the Outstanding Actress in the National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) last Saturday at HICC, Harare.
“I’m overwhelmed, it’s really hard to express my joy through words. This is not even a dream come true, because honestly I’ve never considered myself to have such prowess, I’m forever grateful,” said Tony.
With her dream of wearing the white uniform with a cross sign on the sleeve, Tony had the game plan of pursuing acting as a hobby.
“I’d lie so good to my friends that they’d fall for it and my friend Xoli, would always say to me, I’d make a good actress one day, but that was just one of those random comments I never took seriously because I had a dream of being a medic,” said Tony.
The hobby has proved to be her hidden and unexplored talent as she has conquered the national stage by bringing the spoils home.
The 32-year-old mother of two says she has always been determined to take care of her sons no matter the obstacle and she would not back down.
“Mixing acting and schooling has become my thing. I just graduated at the Occupational Health and Safety Nursing Assistant School in a way to provide for my kids,” she said.
The drama/series which earned Tony the accolade is titled Mandla, and she plays Thandi who is a gangster-like lady who would do anything to secure the paper just like the Yvonne of the South African eTV’s Scandal.
“Playing the role of uThandi is so natural with me and it is a good thing that my producer/ director allows me to twist the screenplay a bit in a way to show spontaneity,” attests the award winning actress.
Tony has also featured on the Zambezi Magic television programme titled, Another Wedding which premiered in 2018.