After nine years of marriage and facing numerous challenges as a couple‚ gospel star Sfiso Ncwane and his wife‚ Ayanda are still very much in love. So much so that the singer fondly refers to Ayanda as his “Kim Kardashian.”
Speaking to Loyiso Bala on Cliffcentral.com Sfiso opened up about what it takes to make a marriage a success and keeping it real in the world of showbiz.
Sfiso‚ who started singing as a child‚ revealed some of the struggles he had to face in the journey of becoming a household name today which included not being able to speak English.
When I first moved to Johannesburg I didn’t even know how to speak English. I didn’t finish school and only went as far as Grade 2.”
The singer recalled how nobody wanted to sign him as an artist. “At some stage I was selling original CDs outside a hospital for R5 and R10 to get taxi fare to go home‚” he said.
The gospel star added that when he met his wife for the first time in 2002 he knew she was the one.
“The first time I saw my wife‚ I told her‚ ‘I want to marry you’ and she didn’t believe me. She told me that we were too young. Even though she didn’t believe me and I didn’t have money I told her that God will provide.”
Sfiso remembered how he couldn’t afford anything at the time but Ayanda still loved him.
“After we got married things were so bad‚ it was like someone told everyone not to hire me or give me any interviews or anything. I had to stay with my mother-in-law and Ayanda in their house because it was bad
He explained that this led him to approach churches in the community for gigs saying this is the reason he gets angry when people label Ayanda as a “gold-digger who is only with him for the fame.