Thulisile Phongolo is an actress, DJ and beloved Mzansi celebrity who is celebrating her birthday and all that she has managed to pack into her 27 years of life.
Thuli got her start in the entertainment industry while she was still at school and says she has always had a flair for the dramatic arts.
The star is best known for her role as Namhla on Generations: The Legacy and when she's not acting she's jetting around the globe tending to her various business ventures.
Thuli turns 27 on 22 January and Briefly.co.za took a look at three facts about the Mzansi celeb in honour of her special day.
3 She loves fashion
Thuli is a big fan of luxury brands and is quite the fashionista. One just has to do a quick scroll through her social media feed to see that she is constantly serving looks. Thuli even started her own fashion brand in 2017 called 'TULIP'.
2 She's a DJ
Although most of Thuli's fans would recognise her from their television screens, the multi-talented star is also an in-demand DJ. Thuli has played some of the biggest festivals in Mzansi and has stayed booked and busy since deciding to become a disc jockey pretty late in her career.
1 She grew up in Soweto
The star grew up in Soweto and has stated that she began having dreams of becoming a star from an early age. She's described herself as a confident child who loved dancing for her family and began taking acting seriously in high school when she got cast in Tshisa at the age of 17. Happy Birthday Thuli!
In other birthday news, Briefly.co.za reported on the world-famous Dolly Parton celebrating her 75th birthday and calling for people to be kind to one another.
Dolly Parton is celebrating her 75th birthday. The iconic performer is recognised all over the world and has awards from every corner of the entertainment industry to her name.
Her bright blonde hair and Southern twang have a remarkably disarming charm about them and might make her appear whimsical, but Dolly remains a driven career-woman, loving wife and devoted humanitarian.
Dolly posted a throwback photograph of herself from earlier days in entertainment and wrote a caption that expressed how her birthday wish was a call to kindness. Dolly wrote:
"Thank you for all of the love on my birthday. This year my wish is a call for kindness. We can’t just hope for a brighter day, we have to work for a brighter day. Love too often gets buried in a world of hurt and fear.
"We have to work to dig it out so we can share it with our family, our friends and our neighbours. So today, January 19th, let’s get to unearthing love."
Dolly showed her kindness to humanity as the star gave her support - and money - to coronavirus research. Just after the Covid-19 crisis had been declared a pandemic, Dolly donated $1 million dollars to Vanderbilt University's research into the virus.
The university's research was directly involved in the development of the Moderna vaccine, which has had an incredibly high success rate against the virus.
The country singer's donation, which amounts to more than R15 million, was vital in the latest attempt at combatting the virus that threw the world into its current health crisis. The world is certainly lucky to have had Dolly Parton for a whole 75 years.
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