Hlengiwe Lushaba bio: age, family, education, pictures, movies, awards

Hlengiwe Lushaba bio: age, family, education, pictures, movies, awards

Hlengiwe Lushaba is one of the few extraordinarily talented South African ladies. She is a renowned actress and choreographer. Apart from her artistic work, Lushaba is also popular for playing Khethiwe in Mzansi’s Gaz'lam (2005) drama television series. What else would you love to know about her?

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South African actress and performer Hlengiwe Lushaba. Photo: @hlengiwel.m
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Art is, indeed, one of the most powerful weapons. Lushaba has been utilizing art to shape societies and a world that is accommodating for all. Her work continues to be showcased in different parts of the world, such as Paris, New York, Baron Samedi, and Alain Buffard. Overall, her talent and diligence have seen her bag several awards worth knowing.

Hlengiwe Lushaba profile summary

  • Birth name: Hlengiwe Nokulunga Lushaba Madlala
  • Date of birth: 3rd April 1982
  • Place of birth: Durban, South Africa
  • Age: 39 years old (as of 2021)
  • Zodiac sign: Aries
  • Mother: Khosi Lushaba
  • Occupation: Actress, choreographer
  • Nationality: South African

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Hlengiwe Lushaba bio

Lushaba was born on 3rd April 1982 in KwaMashu, Durban, South Africa. The name of her mother is Khosi Lushaba, a pastor and counsellor. On the other hand, her deceased father was an iJuba rep businessman and preacher.

She is not the only child in her family. The beauty comes from a big family consisting of nurses, musicians, businesspersons, doctors, and teachers. Unfortunately, their names remain a mystery. Unlike most celebrities, she prefers to share little about her family with the public.

One of her brothers passed on after being shot by the apartheid police. He sustained an injury that saw him become disabled for quite some time. Sadly, he eventually passed away, leaving their family short of one member.

Lushaba was brought up in a religious family. Her parents were preachers. Most of the time, she actively participated in church activities while growing up. She has been staying in Johannesburg since 2004.

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She had an interesting childhood experience. Growing up, she aspired to become a television personality, actress, and singer. Her musical dream was inspired by Cindy Lauper, a prosperous American singer and songwriter. Fortunately, some of her dreams came to pass, and that is how she rose to stardom.

How old is Hlengiwe Lushaba?

Hlengiwe Lushaba age will be 39 in April 2021. She celebrates her birthday on 3rd April. While turning 38 years, she posted the following emotional message thanking her mother,

Hello, Dear Friends!!!! Tomorrow I am 38years God willing... Thanks to this woman next to me who has given me unconditional love and life, expecting nothing in return so I ask that instead of sending me well wishes and messages, you instead send her messages of gratitude on my behalf. I would appreciate that very much and this gesture would very much warm my heart... Her name is Mama Khosi Lushaba. I thank you all in advance.

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Hlengiwe Lushaba education

Apart from being beautiful and gifted, Lushaba is an intellectual woman. Between 1987 and 1993, she went to the following schools for her primary education: Daluxolo Primary School, Primary school in Eshowe, Gezinsila, and Whetstone Primary Grade, Durban.

In 1994, she proceeded to Our Lady of Fatima High School, Durban for secondary school education – she sat for her exams in 1998. Further, she attended the Durban University of Technology formerly known as Natal Technikon. In 2001, she graduated with a diploma in drama studies.


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Hlengiwe performing on stage. Photo: @hlengiwel.m
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She had been interested in theatre performance from the age of 5. However, she made her mind to focus on art when she reached grade 10. She has since become one of the best in South Africa, performing in many countries worldwide.

Theatre credits

She has performed in Africa, Europe, and other parts of the world. Some of her popular theatre performances include:

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  • Sacrament
  • Here's to that, that remains unremembered
  • It’s not over until the Fit Phat Fat Lady sings
  • Far From the Madding Crowd
  • African Queens
  • Curl up and Dye
  • Lost in the Stars
  • And the Girls in their Sunday Dresses
  • The Story I’m About to Tell
  • Hairspray
  • Highway to Heaven Paradise Road – a simple tale of colonial exploitation
  • Gogo and Big Sister
  • In the End is My Beginning
  • Modus Vivendi
  • Sophiatown
  • Music in the Air

Hlengiwe Lushaba TV shows and movies

Lushaba also has a few television series credits. She stared in Gaz’lam (2005) and Tjovitjo (2017). In Gaz’lam, she appeared in 26 episodes. There is little information regarding Hlengiwe Lushaba movies. She reportedly played a minor role in District 9 (2009).


Her hard work has not gone unrecognized. She has been honoured for her magical performances a few times. Some of Hlengiwe Lushaba awards are as follows:

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  • Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance (2006)
  • MEC Choreographic Award for Outstanding Original Work (2006)

Personal life: Is Hlengiwe Lushaba married?

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Hlengiwe Lushaba and her husband during a wedding event. Photo: @hlengiwel.m
Source: Instagram

Apart from having an illustrious career, Hlengiwe is a wife and mother. She has been married for a while now. The name of her husband is yet to be established. However, one can find his photos on her Instagram account.

The couple is blessed with four kids, three daughters and one son. The firstborn was born in 2001, and the last born was born in 2011.

Hlengiwe Lushaba pictures

The mother of four shares her pictures and those of her family members with her followers. Here are a few of them:

1. The ever-smiling one

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Hlengiwe Lushaba standing by the roadside. Photo: @hlengiwel.m
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Normally, Hlengiwe is a jovial lady. You can hardly see frown face in most of her pictures available online. Perhaps, this helps to explain why she always looks young. Some are likely to be fooled to believing she is in her late 20s.

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2. The queen she is meant to be

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Hlengiwe Lushaba is a South African actress and performer. Photo: @hlengiwel.m
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The Gaz’lam actress has been proving her worth since she ventured into the showbiz scene. Currently, she is among the best in her field in the country. Indeed, she deserves to be crowned, considering the effort she has been displaying over the years.

3. The perfect wife

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Award-winning performer Hlengiwe having a good time with her husband. Photo: @hlengiwel.m
Source: Instagram

Judging on the praises she showers her husband on social media, Hlengiwe is the type of women every man would love to marry. She is always proud of her partner.

4. Mommy’s favourite daughter

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Lushaba with her mother, Khosi Lushaba. Photo: @hlengiwel.m
Source: Instagram

Unlike some celebrities, she is not afraid to share her mother’s pictures online with her fans. Often, she praises her for being a loving and caring mother. Usually, the two seem to be very close.

Hlengiwe Lushaba is a beautiful and talented lady worth admiring. She has been around for a while, and she has a lot to show for her stay in the showbiz industry. The mother of four has been using art as a weapon for destroying societal stereotypes.

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