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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!

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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;-)

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Pregnant Lootlove Debuts Adorable Twin Baby Bump Pics!

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Fridays are usually reserved for the premiering of brand new music in South Africa. But while we were treated to our usual supply of fresh boops this afternoon, Lootlove’s baby bump snaps have easily melted way more hearts!

 

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It’s a phenomenal time to be me. God and my ancestors came together for me and blessed me with something so wonderful! I’m pregnant!😆🤰🏾💁🏽‍♀️ I won’t lie! I’m shoooook! Haha! 😆 I always thought I was cool 🤣😋… and now to find out that I’m having twins makes me even cooler! I am carrying Hip and Hop 😋🤣 This is the most beautiful time of my life. Most precious. The scariest and the most exciting. I’m completely vulnerable and sensitive. I’m excited! I’m nervous but all that goes away when I feel weird little “gas bubbles” which I now know are little kicks because I’m carrying life. A reminder of the miracle and wonder that is God. ❤️ As “personalities”/“celebrities”, we are selfishly required to share every moment in our lives and when we don’t, we have people around us that we think we can trust, who gladly do it for us wether it hurts/compromises us and those we love or not. We constantly have vultures flying above us ready to share our private lives in the most non-emotional manner ever. You may forget but all I am is Human. Flesh and blood and nothing will ever change that and yes, my life is your entertainment, I get that, but try walk a mile in my shoes. The most important thing for me has been protecting my family, my persons family, his beautiful children and respecting tradition. My silence has had everything to do with making sure that everyone who matters has their moment with this, that they feel everything, from shock to happiness to curiosity to excitement, ALL OF IT, Alone, Without the rest of the country pitching in, hounding them/adding commentary/calling or harassing them etc. Its a beautiful time, it’s a sacred time, it’s OUR time. I am BEAMING! Here’s to LOVE. Here’s to forever with the greatest gifts of them all. P.S If you see me in the streets, please don’t touch my tummy… I will punch you in the throat! 😃😘 K thanks byeeeee ❤️🌻😍😃😇🤰🏾💁🏽‍♀️ 📸: @aust_malema 💃🏾: @siya_weloveher 💋: @preciousxabamakeup #LootLoveSquared👑

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Also, she’s pregnant with twins, which “makes me cooler”, so there’s that.

The Media personality surprised fans when she shared the pictures of her sporting a baby bump on her Instagram page. The discernibly joyous mom to be has two cute faces drawn on her tummy for the twins, which she’s playfully referring to as Hip and Hop respectively.

Lootlove has been seeing Hip Hop artist Reason for a minute now, and the two have kept their romance below the radar and out of the press. That hasn’t stopped fans and celebrities from congratulating the couple on their looming bundles of joy!

Congrats Lootlove and Reason!

 

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Bonang Wows At ‘Put No Girl Behind’ United Nations Discussions

The South African media Queen proved she’s just getting started as she co-piloted diplomatic discussions with leading global leaders at a recent UN function aimed at educating girls.

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Bonang Matheba recently represented South Africa as an esteemed moderator of a United Nations panel discussion between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron and UK Minister Theresa May.

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Matheba, who looked demure and professional as she spotted a sleek ponytail, opened the discussions by highlighting her very own philanthropical work here in South Africa, where she’s championed her Bonang Matheba education fund to assist young women with furthering their studies.

She then proceeded to execute her moderating duties, which have left fans wowed by her ability to stretch and refashion her famous effervescent presenting style to the diplomatic and official tone of the event and its world leaders.

RELATED: BONANG UNLEASHES KILLER STYLE AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

The event focused on breaking barriers and leaving no girls behind – a countdown to 203o that aims to redress failures to meet the Millennium Development Goal of achieving universal primary education by 2015.

The goal is to accelerate action on girls’ education while ensuring that girls who are currently in school are able to master the basics and progress through secondary education, it says here.

READ: BONANG IS THE FIRST FEMALE SOUTH AFRICAN CELEB TO COVER GQ!

Matheba, who was recently named the Best Media Personality at the IARA Awards in London, is also prepping her hosting duties at the looming Global Citizen festival, where she will be sharing the stage with Trevor Noah and Dave Chapelle

WATCH Bonang do her thing below! 

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Boity Apologising for Her Throwback Homophobic Remarks Is A Good Start

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The surfacing of archived tweets containing homophobic sentiments by a slew of South African celebrities has opened dialogues about the toxic heterosexist landscape of the local entertainment business. 

Just days after her first ever Hip Hop joint set the streets ablaze and earned the media-personality-turned-rapper her first number one on iTunes, Boity has had to apologise for homophobic remarks she tweeted almost a decade ago. She also acknowledged that while her views have changed along with her growth, she used to be quite the outspoken homophobe back then.

The apology comes after a series of old homophobic tweets resurfaced. She was only 19 years old when she vented her hateful spleen towards the queer community, but she has grown a lot over the years. Her views on sexuality were “warped” back then, but she knows better now.

Tweeted Boity amid backlash; “A decade ago, I was naive, homophobic, young and didn’t know better”, she explained. ” I was 19 and my views on sexuality were warped. We grow, our views change and we do better. It’s gut-wrenching and embarrassing to see them now however I am not the same person I was 10 years ago.”

She proceeded to apologise to everyone she has hurt in the old tweets.


The tweets in question were published over different occasions. In one, she is upset by what she perceives to be a surge in the representation of black gay male romance in local TV soapies.

In another scathing tweet, she leaves no shred of doubt about how she feels about the queer community.  
Boity’s apology was met with further debates about the unaddressed homophobia that goes on unchecked in the South African entertainment business.

Despite increasing visibility, what with the likes of Somizi and, amongst other Nakhane Toure proudly shining the spotlight on the existence of gay people in the creative industry, there’s no doubt the business remains rigidly heterosexist.

Tweets allegedly published on Nadia Nakai and Rouge’s Twitter years ago have also attracted some interest, but the two rappers are yet to take actual ownership. That remains to be seen.

While polarising, Boity’s apology has been embraced by many as a good start at acknowledging the pain she has caused many people. She herself was young at the time, and how many of us wish we could have expressed ourselves differently ten years ago.

 

 

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