Nolo Phiri

Nolo Phiri is a South African actress best known for her starring role as Niki Bongco, a spontaneous, very street-wise girl who has a great sense of humor and is overtly flirtatious, in the soap opera Rhythm City.

Nolo Phiri
Born Lehlogonolo Phiri
February 4, 1987
South Africa
Education Wits University
Occupation Actress
Since 2005 – to date
Agent Legends
Website Unknown

Lehlogonolo Phiri was born in Limpopo in a village called Musina.

She moved to Johannesburg with her mother in 1990 and studied at the National School of Arts (NSA).

Nolo Phiri is an Honors graduate from The School of the Arts at The University of the Witwatersrand, where she completed her Dramatic Art

Prior to that, she had matriculated at the National School of the Arts, where she majored in Fine Arts.

She is also an executive producer at Redefine Multimedia, and has produced numerous documentaries as well as vibrant music videos for artists like Mandoza and Psyfo

She earned her first television role on SABC 2’s biggest soapie drama Muvhango in 2006.

Currently she is well known for playing the character Niki Bongco on E tv’s popular Soap Opera, Rhythm city since 2011.

She was also a brand ambassador for Rage Clothing along with Easy Waves’ “Best Friend Friday” competition for young girl matriculants in 2012. When she is not in front of the camera, Nolo extends her talent to emceeing.

She has a son called Leruo (meaning “Wealth”), born in April 2013.

In 2015 Nolo Phiri joined the panel of esteemed professionals – James Ngcobo, Ashraf Johaardien, Charlie van Rooyen, Caroline Smart and Jennis Williamson – who join a long list of industry greats and experts such as Gregory Maqoma, Kim Cloete, Nthati Moshesh, Bryan Schimmel, Anton Luitingh and Bianca le Grange, Refined creative team for 2015 ACT Scholarships.



In 2006 she earned her first television role on SABC 2’s biggest soapie drama Muvhango that stars Dingaan Mokebe, Maumela Mahuwa, Gabriel Temudzani and Sindi Dlathu.

In 2011 she joined the cast of’s soap opera Rhythm City where she stars as Niki Bongco.. On Rhythm City she acts alongside Siphiwe Mtshali who portrays he onscreen brother “Bash”, Mduduzi Mabaso who portrays her onscreen  Husband “Suffocate Ndlovu”and Tebogo Khalo who portrays the second wife of Suffocate “Puleng Mofokeng”.


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Muvhango Unknown Soap Opera
2011- to date Rhythm City Nikki Soap Opera