Mr JazziQ Reaches for GQ South Africa Cover Despite History of Repeating Grade 11 Twice

Mr JazziQ Reaches for GQ South Africa Cover Despite History of Repeating Grade 11 Twice

  • Amapiano DJ Mr JazziQ has revealed how his road to success was paved by failing Grade 11 twice
  • The Johnny ke Johnny hitmaker is now a successful businessman who travels the world
  • He recently graced the cover of GQ South Africa magazine, earning the praise of social media

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Amapiano DJ Mr Jazziq graced GQ SA's cover despite failing Grade 11 twice.
Mr JazziQ shared how he ended up successful despite failing Grade 11 twice. Images: @mrjazziq
Source: Instagram

Entrepreneur and music master Tumelo 'Mr JazziQ' Manyoni is a well-accomplished adult who has not forgotten his humble beginnings.

Mr JazziQ repeats Grade 11 twice

The Umsebenzi Wethu producer revealed to ZiMoja that he failed Grade 11 twice because he was a lazy but intelligent young man who didn't see the point of being in school:

"I failed Grade 11 twice. It's not a secret. In the second year, my Maths Literacy teacher told me I was the smartest kid in the class, but I hated school. I would get beatings all the time at home. But I knew, I didn't want to be there."

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He also said his intellect inspired the "iQ" in his stage name:

"They always saw me as a grootman and that jazz music calms me down. They first called me Jazzy, I added the IQ later."

Mr JazziQ on GQ South Africa's cover

To add to the list of his accolades is a recent GQ SA honour. He took the cover page to his Instagram:

"Growing up, I used to be obsessed with fashion magazines, especially GQ, 'cause that’s where most of my style inspiration would come from. And I’m honestly very humbled that I, Tumelo, a kid from the dusty streets of Alexandra, am on the cover of such a prestigious magazine and cannot wait for the world to be inspired by my story.”

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Here is the cover:

Fans applaud JazziQ's GQ SA cover

His followers showered his post with love:

@gqsouthafrica welcomed him:

"GQ Cover Kings Worldwide."

@stino_le_thwenny congratulated:

"Well done, King. You deserve it and have earned it."

@thabangmanyoni praised:

"Dankie Manyoni, Mchoboza, Zembe... Kwande Mfanakithi!"

@tshegoo_hos said:

"I know this for fact! What a full-circle moment for you. Congratulations, bro."

@mandimadia complimented:

"Well done to my boy’s role model! I see him aspiring to become like you every day! Also, he has those shoes you're wearing."

@mfumo_b commented:

"Major! You are a stylish gent."

Theo Baloyi graces GQ magazine

In another success story on Briefly News, entrepreneur extraordinaire Theo Baloyi graced the cover of a leading men's magazine.

The former Price Waterhouse Cooper accountant quit his high-profile Dubai job to start a sneaker company from his car boot. Today the Bathu shoe owner is worth around R18.5 million.

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Molebogeng Seemela (Entertainment Editor) Molebogeng Seemela is a journalist and a current affairs reporter for Briefly News (joined in 2023) with over 10 years of experience. She obtained her National Diploma in 2013, and Bachelor of Technology in 2014 at TUT, majoring in Editorial Management. Specialist Reporting: Print, Features and Reviews; Advanced Reporting; and Advanced Editing and Design for Print. She has been a freelance journalist for several years but cemented her place as a reporter with the SABC, and Cosmopolitan SA.