Article by Nkateko Ngobeni
Lala Tuku is a South African television producer, director, actress, presenter, vocal artist and coach and CEO of Corporate Icons Media and MD at Clive Morris Production. Lala is currently the executive producer on the 1Magic Drama Grassroots and is currently producing a documentary Mandela through Her eyes, looking at the women whose lives have been impacted by Madiba. She is best known for her role as socialite swinger, Paris Zondi in E.tv’s soapie Scandal. Lala attended the AFDA School of film and live performance and in 2006 went on to establish a corporate entertainment consulting company; Corporate Icons Media , which conceptualizes and produces a large scale of events.
She has graced our screens with many more roles, a title role in the SABC 1 soapie Generations, presented the SABC 2 magazine programme Life 24/7 and featured in the SABC 1 mini-series Dream World, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, set in a contemporary South Africa..
Lala wears many hats and her experience over the years allows her the understanding of how tough it can be to be young, black and female in this industry. She has earned her stripes to be where she is today, when she joined the industry, being a young black female was tough, opportunities were restricted and hard to find, The industry was white dominated, mostly by males; “the females were a hand count”. It was hard to find someone who was willing to walk with her in this industry journey and open doors with no strings attached. Lala vouched to lift and hold the hand of another woman.
She shares a network of other females who play lead and continue to pave a path for those who will follow. This Woman’s Month, Lala would like to give an opportunity to all the young female producers/entrepreneurs who need a break, these would be young females who require help with budget, industry experience and exposure.
From experience Lala knows that “We all need a break” thus her drive #AbreakwithLala where young women can direct inbox her on social media, outlining the kind of assistance they need her help with. Lala has extended this drive to her fellow industry sisters who understand this need to also extend themselves and offer support to young women who need their hands held.