Ashikoto and Maake Ka-Ncube team up for actors’ workshop

By Adolf Kaure

WINDHOEK-South Africa-based Namibian actor, Dalton Ashikoto is joining forces with one of South Africa’s showbiz heavyweights Sello Maake Ka-Ncube, better known as Archie Moroka from his time at ‘Generations,’ to assist local upcoming actors with an acting workshop and training initiative.   

Ashikoto told The Southern Times this week that he seeks to reach all four corners of Namibia with his initiative.

“I will be conducting acting workshops in Windhoek and Swakopmund soon, which will give those who are willing to work hard an opportunity to act in my upcoming web series as well as an opportunity for me to mentor them. Should we secure sponsorship, we will expand these workshops to other regions in Namibia,” Ashikoto said.

The acting workshop and training, which is open to both professionals and non-professionals, will give students an opportunity to learn the fundamental principles of acting for film technique, monologue, voice and movement, improvisation, auditioning technique, scene study and the business of acting.

Acting for film technique will require students to learn script interpretation, going into the character and learning to become comfortable in front of the camera lens while bringing the character to life.

The monologue part of the workshop and training will focus on the students’ sense memory, substitutions, and role playing, culminating with a workshop presentation where students perform a monologue.

Ashikoto is one of Namibia’s most-esteemed actors, having performed in theatre, film and television in his home country, South Africa and the United States.

He said he endure many hardships in his career, but never gave up. “I had many challenges from rejections from roles, from not being formally trained as an actor. I compensate this with constant networking and continuous honing of my craft either through reading, research, and attending acting workshops,” he said.

The ‘Rhythm City’ and ‘Generations: The Legacy’ star advised upcoming actors to “keep honing their craft and the available opportunities will be theirs”.

Ashikoto, who also acted in the movies; ‘Kite’ and ‘The Naming’ also runs a holding company, Dash Enterprise, that focuses on TV productions, agriculture and property development with offices in Namibia and South Africa.

The acting workshop and training’s co-facilitator, Sello Maake Ka-Ncube, is a veteran actor who burst onto the scene in 1988 when he played a junior customs official in a television series called ‘The Last Samurai’.

He is one of South Africa’s most sought-after actors and voice-over artists, having performed in theatre, film and television in his native land, as well as in the US, Britain, Canada and Europe.

The first leg of the acting workshop and training will commence at the College of the Arts on April 1 and 2 this year. The second leg will take place in the coastal town of Swakopmund on April 29 and 30 at a venue which still has to be confirmed. The workshop fee is R2,500 per student. –

March 2017
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