Noluvuyo Bubbly Sodela is a survivor.
The 27-year-old stripper from KwaZakhele township in Port Elizabeth found a way to have fun – and earn money – out of the hard lockdown that began in April.
She went digital, promoting the Stay at Home Movement and encouraging men to have fun at home. She also ran a strip tease on Instagram and Facebook.
But as Nelson Mandela Bay faced the prospect of another hard lockdown last week, Bubbly slipped out of town.
She had had quite enough of digital self-pleasure.
She has chosen instead the live action of pole dancing in Johannesburg.
Bubbly became a stripper in 2016. In her acting career, among other roles she famously played Bongi in Generations: the Legacy.
During the first wave of Covid, she says, she made quite decent money while stripping at home.
In October she shocked her fans when she organised a party at her apartment in Walmer themed Izifebe ezi Covid-19 free. Izifebe means prostitutes.
The same month she was seen drinking umqombothi, cooking four big pots of stew, umngqusho and vegetables with her mother. Her mother was thanking her ancestors for blessing her with a confident and supportive child.
But after hearing rumours that President Cyril Ramaphosa was going to put Nelson Mandela Bay back into lockdown, Bubbly booked a plane ride out of the city.
“My mother, who is my number one supporter, was concerned about losing my beautiful apartment in Walmer. She said I must go back to Joburg because during the festive season my services will be in demand.”
Bubbly will be performing this weekend at Chivalry and Gentleman’s Lounge.
“But I am fresh and I will be the star of the night on that pole. I will also enjoy double trouble lesbian tease,” she said.
Bubbly said she is quite nervous because her bum is so big. But her fans have not been known to complain about that yet.
Bubbly has a serious parting shot – be careful with Covid. “People must wear masks, sanitise, wash hands with soap, keep social distance and wear a condom during sex,” she said.