Junior Singo full biography: 20 years later with Hopeville child actor now Mpho on Generations

Junior Singo, full name Nathaniel Oliphant Junior (born 1989), is a South African actor and former child actor best known for his role on Generations: The Legacy as Mpho.

For the older generation, they know Singo from his early roles when he was young. Like his roles as Themba on Hopeville, Qiniso on Zabalaza, and Musa from Beat the Drum.

In this article, we will look at how he managed his early fame, his growth in the industry, being a father, and more. So, read till the end.

Biography of Junior Singo

A picture of Junior Singo Venda, full name Nathaniel Junior Oliphant
A picture of Junior Singo Venda, full name Nathaniel Junior Oliphant

Full name: Nathaniel Oliphant Junior
Date of birth: 1989 (34 years old)
Place of birth: Chawelo, Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa
Education: Laerskool WH Coetzer, Regents Park Primary School, Sir John Adamson High School
Height: 1.6m
Occupation: Actor, DJ, Director and Producer
Known for: Mpho from Generations: The Legacy, Musa from Beat the Drum, Themba from Hopeville
Net worth: $1 million
Nationality: South African

Early life of Junior Singo

Nathaniel Oliphant Junior, famously known as Junior Singo Venda, was born in Chawelo, Soweto, South Africa, in 1989. So, as of 2023, he is 34 years old. While not much is known of his background history, his mother is the one with the surname Oliphant.

Moreover, it is said that his father is the one with the Venda surname. So, by the way, Singo is a mixed-race kid. He was raised mostly by his mother and grandmother, who took him to the auditions that changed his life forever.

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When it comes to education, Singo finishes his primary education at Regents Park Primary School. However, before that, he had attended Laerskool WH Coetzer.

Junior Singo was a child actor and played Themba in Hopeville
Junior Singo was a child actor and played Themba in Hopeville

After his primary education, he enrolled at Sir John Adamson High School, where he matriculated. After matriculating, he sought to pursue sound engineering, as he desired to pursue music. However, he was forced to drop out because of personal obstacles.

Personal life

As of 2023, Singo has a 12-year-old daughter, whom he had when he was 24. The daughter’s mother is believed to be his wife, Lusanda. Meaning the two would probably have been together for more than a decade at this point.

Singo is not a flashy person, however, and he will splurge some money on himself here and there. Junior has called himself a permanent hypeman.

He says he believes in uplifting others in the industry, has himself uplifted many others, and continues to do so. Moreover, he is also very passionate and has produced for rappers like Solo.

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The Career of Junior Singo

Junior Singo had most of his success when he was younger. At the age of 12, he landed the role of Musa on Beat the Drum, a role that catapulted him into the acting scene.

Moreover, one of his earliest and most memorable roles was playing Themba on Hopeville. This was a game-changer for him.

Paballo Mavundla and Junior Singo, who plays Mpho on Generations the Legacy
Paballo Mavundla and Junior Singo, who plays Mpho on Generations the Legacy

Thereafter, doors started to open for him, and he became a child actor sensation for all of South Africa. He started to land roles on such big productions as Zabalaza, where he played Qiniso, Zone 14, Rhythm City as Sakhile, Intersexiojd as Shorty, and more.

Furthermore, the actor also appeared in several international films, including 10,000 BC, Heartlines, and The Wooden Camera. More recently, in 2016, he got the role of Mpho on Generations: The Legacy, a role he’s still playing to date.


Junior Singo is 1.6m tall, roughly 5’2″. Meaning he is a bit below the average height of a South African man. But that has never stood in his way of pursuing his career in music and acting. He’s also a proud father of one.

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Net worth

While his biggest moves in acting happened earlier in his life, he has survived longer than most in the industry. So, it is believed that, as of 2023, he will have a net worth of $1 million. Moreover, the actor is also not afraid to show off his car.

Social media

Junior Singo is on Facebook as Nathaniel Oliphant Junior, with over 31k followers as of 2023. On Instagram, where he goes by the username @natjroliphant, he has over 58.2k followers.

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