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BIRTHDAY BOY! Celebrating Uzalo’s Nay Maps In 5 Facts

Uzalo actor Nay Maps Maphalala is celebrating his birthday today and we are here for him. Look at 5 facts about the bae.

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Today is Uzalo actor Nay Maps’s birthday and to play our part in service delivery as we so often do oh so diligently – we are serving you some five facts that will help you get to know the crooner. Pay attention!

Uzalo NayMaps Maphumulo

His real full name is Naymaps Maphalala.

He shot to fame as part of a killer cast on leading SABC 1 telenovela Uzalo, where he plays the part of a certain Mxolisi Xulu, one of two sons who accidentally got swapped at birth. Imagine that headache. But then again, it is such gritting plot twist that have helped the show maintain such a pull with viewers.

The bae hails from Pretoria, which most never see coming with that yummy Zulu accent. Not to say people from Pretoria are unlikely to have a yummy Zulu accent. Never mind. Maphalala came up in Soshanguve and he knew from very early on that acting was his destiny.

He was initially enrolled for an IT Degree at the University Of Pretoria before striking it big with his first break on Uzalo. The television show once toppled Generations The Legacy as the highest rated show on SABC 1, which hasn’t happened since Simunye One Time days.

Besides acting, presenting and dressing to kill, Maphalala is also a pianist for a gospel group called Spax and Newlight.

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  3. Faith

    June 30, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Happy birth to naymaps.i wish u many more years and may the lord bless u and protect u where ever u go;-)

  4. Pingback: Meet Mxolisi Xulu: Naymaps Maphalala Uzalo – Local TV

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Thuso Mbedu Scores Leading Role In American Series

Emmy Award nominated South African actress, Thuso Mbedu, has been cast as ‘Cora’ – the leading character on a looming American television series

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South African TV audiences first encountered her through the telly when she first appeared on Generations; The Legacy in the not-so-distant past. Four years later, Thuso Mbedu has paced through hoops to become the first South African actress to score a leading role in an American series!

Mbedu has been picked to star as the lead character on Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of The Underground Railroad. The actress will be taking on the role of Cora – the main character in the critically lauded novel.

The 27 year old’s history of flirtations with Hollywood dates back to 2018 and 2019, when she received International Emmy Award nominations for her stellar portrayal of Winnie on Mzansi Magic drama series – Is’thunzi. Although she didn’t bring any of the prestigious gongs home, there’s no lack of evidence that her star has now sky rocketed to global horizons.

The Underground Railroad tells the story of a young Cora’s journey as she negotiates her way in the pre-war South, according to Variety. Following her escape from a Georgia plantation, she discovers the existence of a railroad with a secret network of tracks and tunnels.

“My thumb and neurons are failing me right”, jotted the actress on her Instagram. “So I’ll just do as most South Africans do when this happens: I GOT THE JOB!!!”

 

 

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Babes Wodumo Fined & Released on Bail

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Babes Wodumo and her sister were on Monday fined R1000 after failing to show up on court this past Friday. Real name Bongekile Simelane, Babes and her sister, Nondumiso Simelane appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

The fine comes after the two had blamed their absence on a car breakdown on their way to court from Pietermaritzburg. The sistren claim to have been out of town attending gigs the night before their car’s said malfunction.

Tipcee was given a warning.

The three are being accused of assaulting a woman in Durban last month. The alleged assault came a day after Babes shared a video of her former boyfriend – Mampintsha – assaulting her on Instagram live.

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Everyone’s Talking about DJ Sbu’s Nipsey Hussle Speech

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DJ Sbu at Nipsey Hussle's memorial

He’s definitely never been afraid to step outside of the convention to make a splashy point.

From plugging his energy drink onstage at the 2015 Metro FM Music awards (and being suspended shortly after), to faking a Forbes Africa cover (which reportedly resulted in legal action), it’s quite obvious that DJ Sbu has mastered the art of shocking. Unprovoked.

The multi hyphenate media personality and entrepreneur grabbed more headlines when on Tuesday, he shared a clip in which he addresses the crowd at Nipsey Hussle’s memorial gathering in Los Angeles, California.

RELATED: THE FORBES AFRICA DJ SBU COVER THAT WASN’T 

In it, Sbu introduces himself as the ‘ambassador for Hip Hop music’. And more… so much more.

“My name is DJ Sbu. I come all the way from Johannesburg in South Africa. I’m here as an ambassador for Hip Hop music and the culture in the entire African continent. I represent musicians from the whole continent”, says the Sbu in the clip, which does not feature the rest of the speech.

While some have made fun of the questionable claims in the speech, some have commanded the successful entrepreneur’s guts.

 

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