Soweto, a suburb in Johannesburg South Africa, has given birth to famous people and celebrities and one among the many celebrities in that town is Junior Singo, famous for his role as Mpho in the popular soap Generations: The Legacy. Born Nathaniel Junior Oliphant, Junior Singo, as he is popularly known, is a South African actor who first came into the limelight at the age of 12 when he played the lead role of Musa in a popular South African movie, Beat the Drum in 2003, earning him several coveted recognition in his country and beyond.
Singo has since metamorphosed into a fine actor—and a fine young gentleman as well— with multiple roles in movies and TV shows. Through these, he has earned the admiration of moviegoers who are now curious about what goes on in his personal life as much as they follow his career.
The 34-year- old Generations Actor Was Born and Raised In Johannesburg
Like Trevor Noah, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, and the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Junior Singo was also born in the popular town, Soweto. The township is located in Johannesburg, and to be precise, he was born in Chawelo, Soweto.
His precise date of birth is unavailable but it is said that he was born in the year 1989. He grew up in the Mondeor area with his mother and later moved to Protea Glen where he spent most of his childhood.
While at the Mondeor area, Junior Singo started primary school at Laerskool WH Coetzer. He then attended and finished at regents Park primary school. The years that followed saw him complete his matric at Sir John Adamson High School.
Because music has always been his passion, after his matric, he decided to study sound engineering but later dropped the idea for a few personal reasons.
Junior Singo Started His Acting Career In 2003 When He Was 12 Years Old
The famous South African entertainer began his career journey when he was only 12 years old. As you would easily find, Singo landed his first acting role in the movie Beat the Drum, a South African drama wherein he starred as Musa. It is said that he got the lead role through his mother who is a creative art director.
Singo has indicated that his parents, especially his mother, and his aunt, were instrumental in him becoming an actor. Based on what he shared, even after the success of his role in Beat The Drum, his parents kept on encouraging him to go for many other auditions
Fame came to Junior Singo very early at a tender age, but unlike many kids his age, he didn’t get lost in it as he approached his adulthood. He has been able to handle the pressure of being a public figure and his personal life.
Beat the Drum Gained Him Mainstream Recognition and Took His Career to The Next Level
Singo got his first taste of fame when he was recognized with an award for Best Newcomer at the Monaco International Film festival in 2003; this was for his role in Beat the Drum which also earned him the Best Actor gong at the Newport Beach Film Festival in California.
With the success of the movie and encouragement from his parents to pursue a career in acting, he went for another audition immediately and was chosen as one of the cast members for a local drama titled Hopeville. As one would expect, this opened doors to more opportunities in the competitive industry for Junio Singo.
He was introduced to the industry as a child and the public has practically watched him transition from being a child star into playing more roles as an adult. He has been seen in several small and big screen projects since he stormed the limelight, including The Wooden Camera, 4Play, 10,000BC, Heartlines, Zabalaza, Rhythm City, Zone 14, Intersexions, and Generations: The Legacy which has been on since 2014.
He Is Best Known For Playing Mpho In Generations: The Legacy
While he has been seen in several successful projects, the South African actor is currently known for playing a 16-year-old street kid named Mpho in Generations: The Legacy.
The soap opera created by Mfundi Vundla premiered in December 2014 and Singo portrayed the character in at least 82 episodes of the series from 2016 to 2019.
He credited getting the role to his baby face and his experience in the industry. According to him, these factors gave him a distinct opportunity to grow with the character.
Highlights of His Major Achievements as an Actor
- Junior Singo’s biggest achievement so far would be the work that gained him international recognition, his role in Beat the Drum
- The drama film written by David McBrayer and directed by David Hickson won him the Best Newcomer Award at the Monaco International Film Festival
- He also received the Best Actor gong at the Newport Beach Film Festival for the role
- Singo was cast alongside Samuel L. Jackson in Country of My Skull (2004), albeit his scenes were deleted
Junior Singo Has Never Been Married But He’s In a Relationship With Lusanda Mtongana
Junior Singo and Lusanda Mtongana have been in a relationship for a long time now. The lovebirds are so in love with each other and often bless fans and followers with pictures of themselves always hanging out and having fun together.
Lusanda is a Brand and Marketing Strategist who graduated from Boston Media House in Sandton South Africa where she studied Media and Communication studies. From what we gathered, there’s no specific timeline on when they started dating or how they met, and especially, there is no information on when they will be tying the knot. However, they seem very happy being in each others company whenever they are not working.
Who Is Junior Singo’s Baby Mama?
Junior Singo is a single father to a daughter whose name is Ayamah. No information about the mother of the child has been disclosed as of this writing. The actor has been secretive about his baby mama. The only information available is that they both share custody of the child.
From what we gathered, Ayamah lives with her mother but often visits to spend quality time with Singo. It is obvious that Singo adores his daughter and is very protective of her. That’s probably why he has kept the identity of the woman with whom he had Ayamah away from the prying eyes of the public.