Dreamer and Risk Taker, straight talking and hug-giving. The wonder that is Celeste Nonhlanhla Ntuli. A firm advocate at sticking to her own lane, knowing where she wants to go and where she wants to be, grounds her.
Sitting with Celeste was like coming to a waterhole after a long walk through the desert she is a source of energy, wisdom, and love. Her way of thinking is simply remarkable. From the moment she stepped into the room you feel the mood lift, you get a sense of home, fun a pure burst of positive energy. When people spot her they warm up and gravitate towards her like a moth to a flame.
Affectionately known as Siphokazi Zungu from South Africa’s hit soapie Isibaya and of course the Queen of Zulu Comedy. She is the first comic local female to record a one-woman show, and she is only just getting started.
Her perspective on life and her journey is confidently rooted in the way that she was raised.
Growing up Empangeni with seven siblings and entrepreneurial parents are just a few reasons how she became into being the person we have grown to love and appreciate.
I can only imagine what growing up with ten different personalities under one roof is like. However difficult is not the word that Celeste uses as a way to describe her upbringing but necessary. She believes that everything that she went through has had a direct link with moulding her Journey.
“Growing up in a big family taught me to silence the noise, and I carried that through my life, so I know what to take in”
Through her journey to finding herself and what she wants to do, she acknowledges that she didn’t know what her purpose was but her “SELF” knew. Her self-love journey was launched after finding a book that belonged to her brother called The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity. It is a self-help book by American author Julia Cameron. The book was written to help people with artistic creative recovery, which teaches techniques and exercises to assist people in gaining self-confidence in harnessing their creative talents and skills. Correlation and emphasis is used by the author to show a connection between artistic creativity and a spiritual connection – wiki
In addition to the book, being different cemented her quest for self-love. As opposed to deter her, being teased trained her tongue and opened her up to realising that she was not a cookie cutter girl and in so, continued learning and understanding herself for who she was.
With all the projects that Celeste got involved in along the way, the common thread was service. Being very spiritually inclined she knows who she is and where she wants to be. This makes her very protective of her space and in who she allows to let in
What is the Intention
Every action and word that leaves her lips is done so with a set intention – love. When asked how she deals with people and the negative comments they feel they need heard. She revealed that as much as she carries her heart on her sleeve; negative energy is something that she refuses to carry around. She continues to say there are people out there who intend to keep you down, however you need to rid yourself of that energy. She makes an analogy of someone coming to you and emptying out a trash can all over you. You need to pick all that trash off of you and take it back to its owner.
Take it back and say, “hhayi nami angikusebenzisi loku” (I can’t use this), then give them a hug.
When elaborating further that her intention is always do it with love. If you get on her wrong side, not only will she not hesitate to put you in line, it will come with a hug. She compares it to reprimanding a child by saying, “I don’t hate you, I just don’t like what you did.”
Life is a day to day thing and it’s too short, so You need to wake up every day and ask yourself where and who you are and whether or not you are still in line with your goals. If you don’t you will lose yourself as you continue accepting what is not yours, “other people’s trash”
The reason You know why peace love and joy is not as prospering as negative energy; because people are involved in advocating are not as active.
Teach people how to treat you, WITH LOVE, but teach them nonetheless
I Am So Much More
It’s a common thread for people who are not overweight to always conclude that the people who appear overweight, are not looking after themselves. Celeste has told her family and friends to simply get over that notion. “My weight fluctuates and I have had to teach people what and how to say, you can’t be commenting about my size every time you see me. There are more important elements to me than my weight. If you concentrate on only that, you will miss out on how I’ve changed, what I have learned and how I’ve grown.
What a breath of fresh air. Celeste is not scared of being herself and standing firmly for what she believes in. All the things that she grew up being ridiculed of are the very things that people are gravitating to know. Her unique Celeste voice is what gets her the gigs. I have incorporated a lot of her teaching in my journey and her words will forever stay with me.
“Stop trying to be like everyone else, the maker was creative enough to make us different. Embrace it. Stop fighting your uniqueness”