South African actor and vocal artist Warren Masemola says he would love to play a character smoking nyaope because he sees how it is affecting a lot of young people in his home town Soshanguve in Pretoria.
Masemola is known for playing different characters. He has acted as a gay neighbour in Ses'Top La, SABC1's sitcom, and also excelled in the role of a gangster in the South African produced movie, Number Number.
Speaking to Azania Mosaka, Masemola talked about how the issue of hair and identity effected him when he was diagnosed with alopecia at just six years old. He says he has been bald ever since.
My experience was totally different and very harsh. You have two groups, black and white. You have blacks who don't understand why you don't have hair. They sing a song while changing class in corridors and they slap you. You try go to the other group and you just don't fit.— Warren Masemola, actor and vocal artist
It's just one of those things that I take pride in. I have been bald for 25 years and I'm handsome.— Warren Masemola, actor and vocal artist
Masemola, whose first name is Montloana, says he has never become used being a celebrity. He says the amount of work he puts into the characters he plays, is what makes his characters outstanding.
The whole notion of being celebrated and being called a celebrity has been so confusing for me. I really don't know how to take it, but I appreciate it and humbles me.— Warren Masemola, actor and vocal artist
Listen to his full interview with Azania Mosaka below...