Nolo Phiri profile

Nolo Phiri was a nominee for two categories at the F.A.M.E awards in 2016.


Nolo Phiri (born 4 February 1987), formally Lehlogonolo Phiri, is a South African actress. Her best-known role is Niki Bongco, a spontaneous and street-wise girl with a great sense of humor in the soap opera Rhythm City.

Apart from her role in the soap opera, Nolo has appeared in many other television productions. She was a Guest Star on Muvhango and played Nombulelo on Isibaya. She has produced many documentaries and some SABC productions.

Nolo Phiri
Nolo Phiri biography
Nolo Phiri is best known for her starring role as Niki Bongco in the soap opera Rhythm City.
Short Profile
Full name:Lehlogonolo Phiri
Other name:Nolo Phiri
Born:4 February 1987 (age 36 years old)
Place of birth:Limpopo
Nationality:South African
Education:Dramatic arts
Alma mater:Wits University
Occupation:Actress, MC, producer
Known role:Niki Bongco from Rhythm City
Net worth:R26 million

Early Life

Nolo Phiri was born Lehlogonolo Phiri on 4 February 1987 in Musina, a rural part of Limpopo in South Africa. She and her mother, Patricia, moved to the City of Johannesburg in 1990. Nolo was raised by her mother, who she says is accountable and hardworking.


The actress studied at the National School of Arts (NSA). She matriculated and then enrolled at Wits University. She holds an Honors in Dramatic Arts.


Many know her for starring as a flirtatious and street-wise girl, Niki Bongco, in the soap opera Rhythm City. Her sense of humor and spontaneousness stands her out in the soap opera.

In 2006, the actress bagged a Guest Star role on the soap opera Muvhango in season one. She appeared in the production until 2008.

Being a celebrity has brought Nolo many opportunities, and she is utilizing them. She is a brand ambassador for RAGE and a producer and works at Redefine Multimedia. She has worked for SABC.

Apart from acting, she has produced many documentaries. She created music videos for local artists. Some artists she created videos for include Mandoza and Psyfo.

Nolo adds MCing to her career. She hosted a talk show on Palm TV on 8 April 2022. They discussed the impact of death on our families: losing a loved one and the impact it leaves financially and emotionally.

Nolo was also a trainee producer on Muvhango. She did a documentary on former president Jacob Zuma before he was president. She is the series producer of the Mzansi Magic television drama series eHostela.

Duma Ndlovu also mentored her and is very big on development and training. After seven years in Rhthm City, she left to focus on her dream of being a producer.

After taking a break from television, she focused on her production company. She launched a master class, Girl Next Door, to empower those that wanted to go into acting but didn’t have the resources.

Personal Life

Nolo Phiri mother
Nolo Phiri has two children; a boy and a girl.

Nolo Phiri welcomed her son Leruo on 14 April 2013. The translation of her son’s name is Wealth. She has traveled to places within and outside of South Africa. She is a mother of two and keeps her personal life off social media.

Among the countries she has been outside of South Africa are New York, Thailand, Botswana, and Tanzania. 

Nolo says she cannot share her husband with any woman, although she plays a role in a polygamous marriage in a television production. However, she doesn’t condemn the practice.

Social Profiles

Nolo Phiri Instagram

Although many know Nolo because of her roles on the screen, she posts more about her personal life on social media. She loves to do what she enjoys and often posts them on social media.

Among other things, Nolo shares about her travels, leisure activities, enjoyment, and personal life. She shared a picture of her with a friend as they stayed in a swimming pool on 2 September. She wore a red swimming trunk which got many admiring her body.


Nolo Phiri was a nominee for two categories at the 2016 F.A.M.E awards at Limpopo. Here are the nominations:

  • The best actress category for her role as Niki on’s Rhythm City,
  • Her overall role in the entertainment industry in the entertainer of the year category.

Net Worth

Nolo Phiri has made undisputable contributions to the SA Film and Television industry. She has earned a fortune through the roles she has played in series and her productions too.

The actress has produced many music videos for artists. She has an estimated net worth of R26 million as of August 2023.


  • Muvhango as Guest Star 
  • Isibaya as Nombulelo
  • Rhythm City as Niki Bongco

Share to others: