Clement Maosa living his best life, expecting his first child
Skeem Saam actor Clement Maosa (31) is a happy man, he attributes the source of his happiness to his late friend Akhumzi Jezile, who was at the forefront of planning the special proposal, to the love of his heart, Akhumzi died the day Clement’s family paid lobola.
“We are living on borrowed time. His death really made me value life more,” he recently told Move.
Now he is celebrating every moment and mainly the idea of becoming a father is giving him some joy. He and his fiancée are expecting their first child, at the same time preparing their wedding.
BECOMING A FATHER AND HUSBAND
Seeing his fiancée, whom he tries to keep out of the spotlight, go through the phases of pregnancy has been a magical experience, he said; and shared a picture of her baby bump on social media.
“I really respect women more now. She’s a working woman and still manages to carry a baby. It’s just amazing,” he added.
He can not hide his excitement, and has since turned a room in the house into a nursery. “I don’t want to miss out on anything or be an absent father. I want to be there to cut the umbilical cord and just be in my baby’s life,” he said.
Starting a family soon after the age of 30 has always been his greatest wish, and has even been telling his family so.
He paid lobola few days before his 30th birthday at a private dinner where close friends and relatives were gathered. “We had been dating for two years. It was not a difficult decision to make. I was ready. I had bought the ring months before,” Clement said.
THE ROAD SO FAR
Family comes first for him, he was brought up in a village in Limpopo, raised by both parents. His father, William, worked at a farm and his mother, Girly, was a domestic worker.
His parents spent most of their days at work, leaving him with his sibling Matilda, who is two years older than him.
His parents died just a month apart, while he was in matric studying towards a law degree at the University of Limpopo, his mother was the first to pass on,
followed by his father.
“I attempted suicide twice after losing my parents. I felt like I had nothing to live for. Little did I know that my purpose is bigger, said Clement whose varsity life was not easy too;
“I remember I wouldn’t have money for food. I would eat noodles, at the time when a packet cost R2.”
He however, pulled through and graduated with his LLB. But his passion was for acting which started during his time in high school did not die. While in his final year of his law degree, he tried his luck at a few auditions.
It was hard for him to breakthrough because he struggled to get money to make it for auditions in the city of gold.
“I didn’t have money to go. I had no friends and relatives to help me out. I needed about R350. When I told the casting director
that I would not be able to make it, I dropped the call and cried the whole night. When the sun rose, I continued to cry.
“Later that night, the casting director called again and told me they still wanted to see me.
“I got money to get to the audition, but I didn’t have any money to get back home. I had to tell the casting director yet again that I had nowhere to go because I didn’t have money,” he said.
A decision about who was going to get the role was to be made that night, so he was booked into a guesthouse for the night.
“While I was in my room a thick pile of scripts were dropped off. All 13 episodes. I didn’t sleep that night – I fell in love with Kwaito,” he said.
ON PLAYING AND RELATING TO HIS CHARACTER, KWAITO
Eight years down the line he is a household name on one of the most watched TV shows in Mzansi and has above a million followers on social media.
“From Kwaito, I’ve learnt that sometimes being strong and tough is the only option you have. Because being black comes with its own challenges – not being treated fairly and being made to feel like you’re not enough, especially if you are from the village,” he said.
As if a script of his own life, Kwaito, the character he plays grew up without a father, with a lot of responsibilities on his shoulders, and is always envious of his neighbour, T’bose, who had everything.
“Growing up as a villager, coming to Johannesburg after losing parents as a teenager and coming into this industry, people don’t take you seriously and call you a village boy.
“I mean, not affording a car and having to get in a taxi and hearing people mock you and saying things like, ‘So this is a celebrity?’” He said.
He always had to work extra hard to prove himself, at the same time he said it’s not all about the money.
“There is this notion that when you are on TV you have got to have money, drive a fancy luxurious car, wear labels and live the opulent lifestyle,” he added.
Someone once mockingly asked him how much he get paid.
“Even with those ridiculous questions, you have to find a way to be polite and remain humble,” he added.
“Everything is a hustle. If you have only one source of income it is not enough,” he told the magazine.
Clement has widened his scope and ventured into music his other nature. He featured on the King Monada track, Good Life. And has a single to his credit called Rhythm of Your Heart.
He also took part in climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s well-known initiative, Trek4Mandela, that seeks to make a difference in the life of girls.
“I have been giving motivational talks for the past seven years and it is so heart-warming to see how many lives have been touched by my story.
“Summiting Kilimanjaro resonated well with me. I really wanted to challenge myself and be an inspiration to others.
“It was also affirmation of the message I always preach, that there’s nothing you can’t achieve. That you can make it. Your background does not determine who you are,” he said.