At just 25 years and younger, the celebrities we have featured in this list have achieved things peers twice their age can only envy. And since today marks the first day of a month South Africa dedicates to the youth, we have decided to zoom in on these young movers and shakers who are boldly devoting their lives to their careers for their greatest dreams. With one intention – be inspired to live your best life and believe in your dreams.
CASSPER NYOVEST – 25
Cassper Nyovest is the true definition of a ground breaker. The 25 year old rapper has done everything from selling two platinum albums while being an independent artist, filling up the Dome without initial corporate backing, getting his own phone, starting his own label and now looking to crack the global market – all done at the tender age of 24. Way up.
NOMZAMO MBATHA – 25
Nubian Princess Nomzamo Mbatha is being touted the industry’s ‘it girl’, which she seems to defy. For one thing – the ‘it girl’ tag has a sell-by date. But with Ma-Mbatha’s smarts, her strong work ethic, her diverse portfolio and her evident ambition, this is a timeless girl. She’s just returned from the Cannes Film Festival to continue her multiple gigs, bag more endorsement deals and look hot AF while doing all of that.
ANATII – 23
At just 23, Anatii’s supreme production skills have been commended for their role in bringing Hip Hop at the forefront of the mainstream South African music industry. The SAGA rapper and music producer has created some of the greatest songs local Hip Hop has seen, for the likes of Cassper Nyovest and AKA, amongst others. Anatii has just returned from some globetrotting duties in the US, where he says he went for work. Key word, WORK.
NOMUZI MABENA – 23
It’s hard to believe that Skhanda Queen is just 23! The former MTV presenter is so bold that her presence in showbiz seems longer than it really has been. Now a presenter on VUZU and Channel O, the rapper and fashion icon is determined to capture global audience with as much finesse as her icon, Brenda Fassie.
DJ SPEEDSTA – 24
He turned 24 just the other day, but DJ Speedsta’s name has been popping for quite the minute now. The club DJ turned record producer, TV and radio presenter has sure nailed the juggling act, and seems to be good with squeezing all of that with some side globetrotting in all these islands. He’s cute too, but really that’s besides the point.
BOITY – 25
All that drama on Twitter a few weeks back when Boity posted snaps of her new mansion (that she bought cash, with receipts for your peace of mind) is because -‘How can she be buying herself such at 25?’.
But that selective thinking blinded participants in that thread from the fact that Ms. Thulo has been pushing her hustle for eons. With TV shows, presenting duties, modelling gigs, endorsement deals and being Boity (we imagine even that is a job sometimes), it’s hardly a shock that the girl has so much buying power. She’s winning. Move on.
NASTY C – 19
He’s too young to gain entrance in many clubs, but that doesn’t stop his hits Juice Back or Hell Naw from being on repeat in every club. He is being touted as the emerging king of South African Hip Hop, a title he doesn’t seem to rejecting too violently. Now though, we all await that meeting that is reportedly on the pipeline with Roc Nation. Next stop: world domination.
MINNIE DLAMINI – 25
The more interesting question would be – what hasn’t Minnie done? She’s still got a couple more weeks to enjoy being the massively successful media darling that she is in South Africa, but Minnie has mentioned that her next step is venturing into the African turf to see what lies there for her. Girl, go get your coins in Africa.
EMTEE – 23
Emtee’s been sweeping awards left right and centre, but he is 23. The Avery rapper is one of the country’s leading rappers, which says a lot when the game has been lifted so dramatically. Now eyeing a massive night at the SAMAs, Emtee can only starting prepping to cement his impact with a sophomore album.
The proof is in the pudding, young South Africans have a killer instinct when it comes to fetching their destinies.