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Ntsiki Mazwai

  • Birth name: Nontsikelelo Mazwai
  • Born: 3 September 1980
  • Place of birth: Pimville, Soweto, South Africa
  • Nationality: South African
  • Main activity: Beadwork artist, poet and recording artist
  • Musical genre: Traditional, hip-hop, reggae, house and Afro-soul

Ntsiki Mazwai is a South African poet, beading artist and musician. She also goes by the name Ma Miya or StreetQueen. She speaks out about the hardships of people in Mzansi’s ghetto areas and the social issues affecting women in South Africa.


Ntsiki Mazwai began her career in 2007 with her debut album Ma Miya. The album was a blend of poetry and music. Her second album was Ndingubani, released in 2013.

She also performed at various festivals and events across the country and abroad. She became known for her social activism and commentary on the state of the nation through her poetry and music.

She also ventured into other fields, such as beadwork, blogging and authoring. She runs a handmade beadwork accessory and clothing business called House of Mobu. She also writes a blog. She published a book called Wena, which is a collection of poetry.


Ntsiki Mazwai comes from a family of writers and activists. Her father is Dr Thamsanqa Mazwai, a magazine editor and former editor of The Sowetan. Her mother is Belede Mazwai, a militant journalist and anti-apartheid campaigner. Her sisters are Thandiswa Mazwai and Nomsa Mazwai, and she has no children.


Ntsiki Mazwai has won several awards:

  • Golden Circle Youth Award for Community Service
  • LGBTI Award for Using Art for Social Issues
  • Most Innovative Student (Wits Business School)

Dating timeline

Ntsiki Mazwai is notoriously private about her relationships, and she’s apparently spent most of her time single. She went public with her boyfriend Botsang Moiloa in 2022 and was rumoured to be dating a man named Litha Sunstone in 2023. Also, in 2023, Ntsiki hinted that she’d dated married men before and explained that she saw nothing wrong with it as long as the wife was accepting.

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