Wright Ngubeni is the famous teenager who drew love from Mzansi while acting in Generations as Jonathan Motene from 2003 to 2008. He also appeared in Rhythm City on eTV as Thula. His role sparked mixed emotions in South Africa when he kissed his co-actor, Stone, in one of the scenes. The LGBT community had no voice in most countries because societies were yet to embrace them.
Ngubeni is part of SS Media Shack, a group that partners with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) to train South African youths and help them find internships. They are behind the flourishing youth-empowering Self Made Cheese (SMC) project.
Wright Ngubeni profile summary
- Full name: Wright Ngubeni
- Date of birth: 20th July 1988
- Age: 31 years
- Career: Actor, Television host and director
- Marital status: Married
- Nationality: South African
- Wright Ngubeni Instagram: wrightstuffsmc
Wright Ngubeni biography
Wright Ngubeni age is 31 years. He was born in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa on 20th July 1988. Before he turned ten years old, he worked for many prominent brands in their television commercials, including the Kingdom of the Sun advertisement.
His acting career kicked off at the age of five years when he appeared in Kideo, a famous television show for children. SABC 2 was the first television channel to hire him as a television show host. He was assigned to present a school program.
The eleven-year-old Wright was given a lead role as a street kid on the series, Street Life, that was aired on SABC3. In 2000, Edgars hired him for their advert. He got international recognition when he acted the role of Nobakhaba on Human Cargo. In this series, he was a teenager in Burundi, whose mother was Hutu while his father was Tutsi. The war between the Hutu and the Tusi made his life a living hell.
He secured a role in another international series named Shadow, where he acted as Amin Walker's son before joining the Generations' cast. On Generations, he played his role perfectly. He was the son of Khaya and his wife, Julia Motene. Akin Omotoso played the role of Khaya while Xolile Tshabalala was Julia Motene. The 13-year-old boy was raised in England before returning to South Africa with his mother and younger sister.
While acting in Generations, he auditioned for World of Winners on SABC2 as the host and got the job; hence, he quit performing in the series. In 2009, he had a guest role (Sepecia Motsoeng) in Season 2, Episode 7 of Erfsondes, an Afrikaans drama series on SABC2.
In 2014, he replaced Tshepo Mosese, aka Howza, the host of a Sunday morning show of a youth lifestyle magazine series entitled Big Up. Read more about Tshepo Mosese and his wife, Salamina. Wright also served as a trainee director of the show, Gospel Gold n SABC 2. In 2015, Mzansi Magic chose Wright to take over Thomas Gumed, the presenter of its reality show named Love Back.
In 2016, he was the character 5 Bob on the eTV drama series, Heist. His role educated the youths on how to earn a living on the streets. In the 2017 SABC1 sitcom Thuli no Thulani, he acted as Thulani Zondi. Thulani was a bachelor who treasures his Casanova lifestyle. He was forced to step up and take up the male responsibilities in the society when his twin sister, Sara, and her daughter moved in with him.
Wright Ngubeni movies and television shows
He has acted in these soapies and hosted the following television shows:
- Big Up
- Human Cargo
- Gospel Gold
- Love Back
- Rhythm City
- Thuli noThulani
Who are Wright Ngubeni's family members?
Wright Ngubeni parents must be proud parents if having two famous but successful children. Mzansi found the look-likes of these South African celebrities who can pass on as their siblings, but Wright's look-like is yet to be found.
How is Wright Ngubeni related to Sarah Thabethe?
He is the younger brother of Sarah Thabethe, a TV personality. They are among the many South African celebrity siblings who have impacted lives in their country. She and Mbuso Thabethe, the CEO of Mohlaleng Media, held their wedding in 2011.
He revealed that he was a father to a two-year-old daughter in 2016. Her paternal grandfather named her Hlayiseka (blessed or chosen), while Wright named her Omuhle (beautiful). Here are pictures of other South African celebrities and their children.
When did Wright Ngubeni wedding take place?
In 2016, he talked about his plans to have a wedding ceremony with his daughter's mother, but he has been silent about it for years. No one knows if the wedding was held or not. Wright Ngubeni wife avoids the spotlight.
Why did Nedbank auction Wright Ngubeni house?
Nedbank gave Wright a loan of over R700,000 for him to buy an apartment in Douglasdale suburb, Joburg north. He defaulted to pay the monthly installments for several months, which accumulated to over R94,000. The bank charged him under R7,000 per month. Through the South Gauteng high court, Nedbank sought to auction the house.
Wright Ngubeni has earned the love of many people in South Africa. He is all grown now with a family to provide for and a nourishing career. The television personality has kept his daughter and wife out of the public.