If you tune in to Uzalo, then you are no stranger to the hunk that is Nay Maps. But who exactly is this dream guy and what is he all about? What does he do? Who is he dating? Find out his aspirations in life, his motivation, and dreams. Have you ever heard him sing? You definitely want to continue reading to satisfy your curiosity on this and much more. Take a peek into the creative world of Nay Maps.
Nay Maps is an actor based in South Africa, but there is a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to this Uzalo actor. He is very talented and aspires to take a step into the music industry very soon. But first, let us delve into his origins to get a vivid picture.
Early life and background
Nay Maps' real name is Nkosinathi Maphalala. Born on March 30th in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa. Nay Maps age is said to be 30 years old, but nobody really knows his exact date of birth, and maybe he prefers to keep it personal. He is the first born of three children. Nay Maps' Siblings are two younger sisters following swiftly behind him. He never hesitates to show affection for both of them.
He attended Sunnyside Primary School and Lyttelton Manor High School. He then joined the University of Pretoria where he majored in Information technology, programming, and software. He really is the embodiment of beauty and brains.
Despite having an educational background in the sciences, Maps' heart longed for the creative arts and that is how he ended up with the decorative titles of "TV presenter", "Actor" and "Musician" all under his belt. His breakthrough moment on television was presenting on the lifestyle show, Hashtag, that aired on channel ANN7. Concurrently, he also worked in the modelling industry and made appearances on commercials.
In 2014, Maps landed a role in the second season of isiBaya, guest starring as Tshepo. From then on, it has only been one way up the ladder of success for Maphalala. He also featured as a celebrity contestant on season eight of Tropika Island of Treasure, a reality competition series airing on SABC 3.
Uzalo, the beginning and end
The premier of Uzalo, South Africa's juiciest drama series yet, saw Nay rise to stardom almost instantly when he was cast to play Mxolisi in Uzalo. In case you were wondering what is the real name of Mxolisi Uzalo? Well, there you have it. It is none other than the talented Nkosinathi Maphalala. Mxolisi seemed to have gathered a fan base for himself and it is no wonder numerous viewers and fans of the soap were outraged when the TV series's head writer, Bongo Ndaba, officially announced that Nay Maps, Nokuthula Manila and Glen Gabela would no longer be part of Mzansi's most viewed show as of November 2018, after the end of the fourth season.
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Nay played the role of Mxolisi Mdletshe, a young man distancing himself away from the family business after witnessing the order of the day which included his father's shady dealings, violence and clashes with law enforcement.
Thobile, played by Nokuthula, is the sweet, fun and bubbly girl on the block but with a hint of slyness. She worked at the nail bar of Nkule's salon.
Gabela played the character of Mfundisi Mdletshe.
The Uzalo actors real names include (in no particular order);
- Dawn Thandeka King - Lindiwe 'MaNgcobo' Xulu-Mhlongo
- Gugu Gumede - Hlengiwe Mlambo-Mhlongo
- Nompilo Maphumulo - Nosipho Xulu
- Masoja Msiza - Nkunzebomvu Mhlongo
- Baby Cele Maloka - Gabisile Mdletshe-Zikhali
- Siyabonga Shibe - Qhabanga Khumalo
- Thembinkosi Thwala - Mondli Mdlalose
- Khaya Dladla GC - Gamakhulu Cetshwayo
- Thuthuka Mthembu - Nonkanyiso
- Wiseman Mncube - Sibonelo Zikhali
- Nkanyiso Makhanya - Njeza
- Noxolo Mathula - Lily Dongwe
- Nomcebo Gumede - Mumsy Mdletshe
- Khumbulani 'Kay' Sibiya - Ayanda Mdletshe
- Mpumelelo Bhulose - Gxabhashe Xulu
- Thokozani 'TkDee' Dlamini - Zweli 'Mastermind' Maphumulo
- Leleti Khumalo - Zandile 'MaNzuza' Mdletshe
- Glen Gabela - Melusi Mdletshe
- Nay Maps - Mxolisi Mdletshe
- Nokuthula Mabika - Thobile Fakazi
- Jo-Anne Reyneke - Sindiswa Main
- Sihle Ndaba -Smangele Maphumulo
Some of the questions asked about this soap-drama series only show how dedicated South Africans are to this. How old is Ntokozo Dlamini? Who is GC on Uzalo? Who is Masoja Msiza? No worries, we have got you covered with the details.
Uzalo premiered in 2015 and is currently running through its fifth season with over eight hundred episodes thus far. It has an IMDb rating of 6.2/10. Is it possible to binge watch? Most definitely!
Ntokozo Dlamini, who plays Mastermind Mphumulo on the TV series, was born on the 8th of January, 1991. That would make him 28 years of age currently. Apart from acting, he doubles as a businessman and a radio personality too.
In Uzalo, GC is played by Khaya Dladla. During an interview, Khaya revealed that GC is a rather embarrassing character and that he would definitely have a problem being such a person in real life. He went ahead to also say that he has absolutely nothing in common with the character he plays except for the fact that he is gay in real life and in the series as well.
Masoja Msiza is a poet, musician and actor who debuts in the second season of isiBaya as Bhodlimpi. He also has a recurring role in Umlilo, playing the character of Watermelon.
Fun facts about Nay Maps
Despite the sudden and disappointing set back for fans and viewers all over South Africa, the talented Nay still has a positive outlook on life and various opportunities for him and his career in acting. During an interview, he stated that his 5-year goal is to become an A-list Hollywood actor. We sincerely wish him all the best.
Apart from acting, the young talent also is a musician. He owes his musical bone to his father, who not only is a pastor but a musician too, and his mother whose undying love for music motivates him. He is diverse with his genres of music, showing interest in RnB, Soul, and Hip-hop. During his interview with Destiny Connect, he mentioned that he plans to take his music much more seriously this year, work on a few collaborations, and drop a couple of singles for all his fans out there. So far, there are no official records dropped by the actor, but it is safe to say we are all looking forward to those incoming Nay Maps songs, and we will be the first with the news when they do drop. However, if you are somewhat skeptical about this man's musical talent and vocal range, check out a few of the song covers he has done, from "Controller" by Drake to "Adorn" by Miguel. Could he be the next big thing in music?
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As if having an amazing voice was not more than enough creative energy in one person, he went ahead and dropped his very own clothing line dubbed Nay Maps Clothing. It is currently located in Durban but he made it clear that he is currently working out a system to have his merchandise reach other provinces.
Currently, the creative genius is single and apparently in no hurry to find the right one, but willing to mingle. Sources reveal that Nay Maps girlfriend and himself broke up right before joining Uzalo after having a three-year relationship. In 2016, rumours had it that he was dating his co-start, Gugu Zulu. The lovely actress denied everything and called them nothing but rumours.
Nay Maps' Instagram handle is currently @naymaps, with 481K .followers thus far. His other social media handles are as follows; Twitter @maps_maphalala and Facebook, Nay-Maps.
It goes without saying that Mr. Nkosinathi "Nay Maps" Maphalala is one talented man whose limit is beyond the sky. We hope that he continues to outdo himself in every way possible. From a TV show presenter to acting on a series for four seasons, he started his own clothing company.