Boity Thulo, reveals she is both a traditional healer and a committed christian after graduating from a traditional healing school following a five-month training at the village of Berseba, South Africa, over the weekend.
Born Boitumelo Thulo, the 26-year-old South African actress and TV presenter is best known for her role as Mpho Bogatsu on Mzansi Magic’s Rockville and presenting e.tv’s music show, Club 808.
Boity who was sent to the village by her gobela (mentor) to receive the traditional training said, “I do go to church and pray to God. My traditional healing is personal to me and it’s between me and my family. I consider myself to be a queen, hence kgosigadi and Dabulamanzi is my traditional name as a healer. I was ready.”
The 26-year-old who co-hosted the SABC1 educational series The Media Career Guide Show, in 2011 also revealed she was aware her new way of life would be met with mixed feelings.
“I knew there would be three reactions, they would be very happy for me or be confused and disappointed. But that doesn’t faze me because I’m speaking out expecting nothing. It’s for my sanity and to stop speculation and being asked about this over and over again.”
She said while she received congratulatory messages, some were not flattering.
As with every personal choice one makes, Boity Thulo said she received warm messages of encouragement and support from people who understood that ukuthwasa was part of African culture while adding that she also received unflattering messages from those who couldn’t understand how she could be a christian and a traditional healer at the same time.
“Some have said that I don’t believe in God and others are confused because they don’t understand this process.”
Her job as a Club 808 host on e.tv and red carpet host made her a public face which caused her training to be highly publicized. She had previously shied away from talking about it to the media, only opening up recently.
“I knew why I was doing it. I’m not my work. My work comes after my calling. The important thing was my calling. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I wanted to finish first and be comfortable.“
On her plans after graduation, Boity Thulo is still unsure what her next step is as a traditional healer, “We will see with time. This is still new, it’s the beginning.
Thulo who is a member of the Anglican Church said she is a committed Christian, a traditionally grounded person and a spiritualist, “It’s been a long journey. I’ve been spiritual for as long as I can remember.”
“The most important thing is to follow your journey relentlessly, whatever path, with confidence and passion,” she added in conclusion, “As long as you’re kind to yourself and the next person.”