Undoubtedly one of the most recognizable names in show business in South Africa at the moment, Boity Thulo is an actress, model, and TV personality, whose career has been going from height to height ever since she made an appearance in a fast-food commercial in 2010. The TV star has hosted several shows, including Big Brother Africa, Ridiciclousness Africa, Change Down, Club 808, and much more.
Not one to limit herself and not care about others, Boity has further added businesswoman to her list of titles in recent times. From the proceeds of her work, she has been able to look out for other underprivileged people in society through her roles as a goodwill ambassador for Thusa A Girl Child or by raising awareness for The Lunchbox Fund, a nonprofit that aims to provide daily meals for orphans and vulnerable children. How did Boity build her larger-than-life career in entertainment? Let’s see.
Boity Thulo Dropped Out of The University Before Her Career in Entertainment Began
Boity Thulo, whose full birth name is Boitumelo Thulo, was born on the 28th of April, 1990, in Potchefstroom, North West Province of South Africa. Details of her parents are not known, specifically the identity of her father who she had a distant relationship with. Her mother, on the other hand, has been identified as Modiegi Thulo. The young girl was raised by her maternal grandmother in the same city of her birth.
It was there that she also attended primary school before completing her secondary school education at Potchefstroom Girls High. During her elementary school days, Boity had a huge interest in sports, particularly athletics, a sport which she participated in all through her primary and secondary school days. She was also known for her participation in her school’s drum majorettes (drummies) team.
Following her matriculation, Boity Thulo went on to study Psychology and Criminology at Johannesburg’s Monash University. Due to low funds, however, she was unable to complete her education as she dropped out after her second year.
My career is by God's grace. After my 2nd year in Uni, I had to drop out because my mother didn't have the money to pay for 3rd year.
— #OwnYourThrone👑 (@Boity) October 22, 2015
She was left with little option of what to do next, so she decided to try her hand at a career in the entertainment world. With beauty that was evident for anyone to see, Boity’s first step was to sign on to a casting agency, which helped her land a role in a 2010 commercial for the fast-food chain, Wimpy.
She Launched Her Career on Television in 2011
With an appearance in a commercial under her belt, Boity Thulo moved to launch a full-time TV career. She began by first guest-starring on the e.tv drama 4play: Sex Tips For Girls, where she appeared as Lindi in 2010. The following year, she got her breakthrough as she began presenting the YoTV educational show, Crib Notes, and also co-presented SABC 1’s The Media Career Guide Show.
In 2012, Boity served as the co-host of a short-lived interactive multi-platform user-generated show on SABC 1 titled Zoned. That same year, she landed her first starring role in the drama series Rockville, where she played the role of Mpho Bogatsu. She also featured in the TV film Taxi Ride, playing the role of Deja. 2014 saw Boity Thulo making her feature film debut as she landed the role of Betty in the comedy Dear Betty.
Her next film role came in 2016 in Mrs. Right Guy where she appeared as Marie. Other TV series and shows she has either appeared in or presented include Big Brother Africa (as online insert presenter), Strictly Come Dancing SA, Lip Sync Battle Africa, Ridiculousness Africa, and Rhythm City, among others.
Boity Thulo’s Career in Music And Other Ventures
The SA TV star is a clear definition of creativity personified. Despite being a university drop out, Boity Thulo has remained undeterred in her career pursuit. Her foray into the music industry began when she was still a teenager. She appeared on several music videos at the time. However, she has gone on to forge a career as a songwriter, singer, and rapper.
She made her debut in 2017, performing as one of the opening acts for the Migos during their Migos Culture Tour in South Africa. The show took place in TicketPro Dome on October 21, 2017, and she performed alongside music star Nasty C. The following year, Thulo wowed her audience with the launch of her debut single Wuz Dat, featuring Nasty C. after its release, the song went on to win Best Collabo at the 2018 South African Hip-Hop Awards.
In 2019, Boity Thulo followed it up with yet another single Bakae, which was released on February 8, 2019. Asides her acting, TV, and music careers, Boity has been named as the Sexiest South African Woman for a couple of years. She has served as the brand ambassador for notable companies like Jeep, Iman Cosmetics, USN, and Impulse SA.
Boity Thulo Has Dated Some of SA’s Biggest Rappers
Once upon a time, Boity Thulo and SA rapper Cassper Nyovest were the most talked about couple in the country. The pair, who began dating in 2015, appeared to be head over heels in love with each other as Casper would openly profess his love for her while she also went as far as saying in an interview that if he proposed, she would most definitely say yes.
Reports went on to indicate that the pair were engaged. However, as things would pan out, they ended up calling it quits by the end of the year 2015. Following that relationship, the model reportedly moved on to date a few other people, including rapper Trinity King and Congolese basketball player Christian Eyenga, among a few others, but none of those relationships lasted.
Around this same time, Boity sent the rumor mill spinning when she shared a photo on Instagram with the caption: “Beautiful journey ahead, thank you, Father God, for trusting me with this tremendous gift.” The public and gossip columns interpreted this to be a pregnancy announcement. However, that did not end up being the case.
Who Is She Dating Now?
In 2017, reports began to surface that Boity Thulo had found love again. In an interview with DRUM magazine, the model and TV personality admitted to being in a relationship but refused to reveal the identity of the person she was dating. With a keen eye on her by the media and those interested, the person was later discovered to be Nigerian filmmaker and music video director Stanley Obiamalu.
It is not clear if the pair are still together today as recent reports in mid-2019 speculated that Boity was back to being single. Rumors were also making the rounds that she was having an affair with Maps Maponyane at the time. However, the actress squashed the rumors in an interview, saying she is still single and happy.