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She basked in her for­tune and even though her ob­sessed dad hunted her mom down af­ter they sep­a­rated, she was stead­fast and scooped aca­demic ac­co­lades at school.

My mom wasn’t the emo­tional kind.

She’s the kind that al­ways looks for so­lu­tions rather than dwell on the prob­lems, like my dad.

She’s about keep mov­ing, keep mov­ing, keep mov­ing’. So we moved from Hill­brow to Soweto to Midrand, all in the name of be­ing safe.”

Nolo says things could have been worse.

I was so lucky that my mom, be­ing in busi­ness, was able to pay for our pri­vate school­ing.”

She joined the Na­tional School Of Arts (NSA) in Grade 10, where she en­joyed paint­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy and drama.

Her dad passed away in 1994.

Nolo re­mem­bers her mom and her sib­lings be­ing sur­rounded by wings of com­pas­sion from her

ex­tended fam­ily

Born in Polok­wane in 1987.

They wanted to name me “Mma­pula.”

Has two sib­lings, a brother and sis­ter.

Can sing and dance but says she has no busi­ness acu­men. Has been sin­gle for too

“long but is not

” com­plain­ing. and then they had to go on with their lives.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from NSA, she en­rolled at Wits for a BA Drama de­gree. In her sec­ond year, she ap­proached for train­ing.

That’s when my luck stepped in again. I hap­pened to be at the right place at the right time.”

So she got a part as a wait­ress. Soon she was be­ing trained as a di­rec­tor.

Though she de­nies she was a favourite, it’s ob­vi­ous from how Ndlovu men­tored her that she’d earned a gold star with him.

Through­out the in­ter­view, her best friend Gontse Nt­she­gang (who plays Liz­beth in

is lis­ten­ing in and watch­ing Phiri’s face ev­ery time she an­swers a ques­tion.

Like when I ask her about kiss­ing the sexy Lungile Radu. She de­lib­er­ates un­der Gontsi’s watch­ful eye, be­fore con­ced­ing:

I wasn’t com­plain­ing. Shame. I mean, Lungile is a dish but we didn’t take it be­yond TV.”

A sat­is­fied Gontsi goes back to her Black­berry ac­tiv­i­ties.

She con­sid­ers me her child,” says Phiri.

Phiri says she’s been sin­gle for a while now.

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