Longest-serving ‘Housewife’: Nonku on joining ‘Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip’

Businesswoman and longest-serving Housewife in Africa Nonku Williams is among eight of the housewives featuring on a Real Housewives spinoff show called The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip — South Africa.


The upcoming Showmax reality TV show has just wrapped up shooting at a luxurious villa in Jamaica.

The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip – South Africa dream cast includes: Beverly Steyn (The Real Housewives of Cape Town); Christall Kay (The Real Housewives of Johannesburg); LaConco (The Real Housewives of Durban); Lethabo Lejoy Mathatho (The Real Housewives of Johannesburg); Liz Prins (The Real Housewives of Gqeberha); Londie London (The Real Housewives of Durban); and Melany Viljoen (The Real Housewives of Pretoria).

Nonku expressed that she is honoured to be longest-serving Housewife in Africa – a tie she had with her fellow Durban cast member Sorisha Naidoo.

“It feels so great having that honour. I have grown so much over the years. If you look at the first season of The Real Housewives of Durban and the fourth season, which is currently airing, you will see the growth. I have gone through many things, ups and downs, and I am so grateful to Showmax and my fans, who have stood by me through the good, the bad and the ugly.”

The mother-of-three said she has grown in many ways since the first season of Real Housewives of Durban.

“The way I look at life now is not the same way I did when I first started this reality journey; it has helped me look at myself honestly and shown me the things that I had to work on and improve about myself to become a better person.

Nonku explained that reality TV has forced her to face things that she would have not normally addressed.

Being a public figure also comes with a lot of social media backlash. However, Nonku said she tries not to read the negative comments although sometimes the things that people say about her affect her.

“For the most part, I handle it well, but I am a human. At some point it hits but I have learned not to let it affect me too much. As long as it does not affect my children and work, I am good.”

For Nonku, filming The Real Housewives of Durban is not the same as when they filmed The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip – South Africa.

“Durban can be intense because there is a lot of history there; so much has happened between us and it gets too real. With Ultimate Girls Trip, it was different and fun. The ladies were down to have a good time and connect.

“Without revealing too much, I will say that the ladies on Ultimate Girls Trip are very different from the ones in Durban. In this space, I was introduced to ladies who I did not know before, so it was like starting with a clean slate and building new relationships. For the first time in a while, people experienced me as I am and I made genuine friendships.

Asked why should people watch The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip?

“People should watch Ultimate Girls Trip because it has all the things that viewers love to see: drama, glamour, fun, sisterhood and real conversations.

“People are going to see me like they have never seen me before. Trust me: they are going to be surprised with how they’re going to experience me. I am excited for the opportunity to reintroduce myself.”