Characteristics: Akhona is a driven go-getter, who is willing to work as hard as she needs to, to get to where she wants to. Life has not come easy for her. She is artistic, she’s always busy – creating a plan, implementing a plan, making connections, making an impression.
She has a small child that she has left with her grandmother who is on pension. She believes in the basic goodness of people, but that people have a self-serving streak that can turn them nasty.
She is a good a judge of characters often, but not all the time. She’s learned to be quick about it, because you snooze you lose, and she has lost big in the past. Akhona is a good listener.
Akhona is vibrant, outgoing, she can be the life and soul of the party because when she needs to unwind, she goes all out and lets it all hang out. But, most of time she is quite serious and earnest because she has a lot of responsibility for one so young.
When it comes to her work, she is committed and driven. But she also knows how to be young and crazy.
Looks: She is funky doccie chic. Because she is always on the go, and has to get everywhere fast, she wears chunky flat shoes, boots, All Stars / Tommie’s, leggings, cargo pants, fitted T-shirts.
She can’t afford expensive clothes, but she likes vibrant colours on her cheap clothes so that she never fades into the background, because she needs to be noticed, to stand out from the crowd.
She loves outrageous hairstyles, and changes her hair on an emotional whim – if she needs cheering up, or if she’s feeling sad. Because of her work, she wears simple jewellery: studs, no bangles she can’t have jingling on set.
She’s busy with a documentary about people who benefitted financially through the faction fights/political violence in the nineties.
She connects with her aunt – Mawande Moletsane, Noluntu’s mother. She has to adjust to having a rich aunt and a whole new family. (Akhona never knew her father, Mzwanele, who is Mawande’s brother.
He disappeared through Ngamla’s shady underground business in the 8o’s. Akhona was in her mother’s stomach. Lulama, her mother, told her about her father but never let her meet the father’s family. Lulama got arrested for being a drug mule in 1999. She’s still serving a 15 year sentence)
She has a love relationship with Nicholas and has to compete with her newly found cousin sister, Noluntu, for this guy.