Profile / Biography
BIRTH NAME: Lydia Mmakwena Mokgokoloshi
DATE OF BIRTH: 27 September 1939
PLACE OF BIRTH: Botlokwa, Limpopo
Lydia Mokgokoloshi is a South African veteran actress best known for acting as Koko Mantsha on SABC1 soapie drama Skeem Saam and also as Mma-Nkosheng in the TV3 sepedi drama series Bophelo ke Semphekgo (1990s).
Early Life and Background
Lydia Mmakwena Mokgokoloshi was born in 27th September 1939 in Botlokwa village near Polokwane, Limpopo. She attended Manthata Tribal School and was taught by Mrs B Matsha. She did standard one to four at a farm school in Joppa and standard five and six at Botlokwa Primary. She attended high school at Mokomene School and then went for teacher training at Mokopane.
Lydia is from a family of five; her father played a big role in encouraging his children to do the best for themselves. Unfortunately her father had eye problems and became blind. He went back to school where he was taught to use a typewriter and Braille.
Lydia Mogokoloshi taught for 10 years at home and in 1974 moved to Soweto where she taught until she retired in 1997.
In 2017, Lydia was awarded Lifetime achievement award at the South African Film and Television awards.