Thulani Kubeka

As a child Thulani was always interested in ways of creating, especially music and art

Thulani Kubeka was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1993. He comes from a small Zulu family with whom he lives in Dobsonville, Soweto. He spent most of his childhood in Diepkloof and was raised by his grandmother while his mother completed her studies. It is during that period of time that he developed his love for history and storytelling.

He attended West Ridge High School and matriculated in 2012. His favourite subject was history and this love was enhanced by photographs and stories of his grandmother’s childhood and life experiences that she shared with him.

As a child Thulani was always interested in ways of creating, especially music and art, which he loved, but couldn’t contribute to, as he didn’t know how to draw or paint. He enjoyed gazing at paintings and photographs in magazines, which later led him to be deeply intrigued by fashion and portrait photography.