Wright Ngubeni

Wright Ngubeni
Wright Ngubeni is a South African actor and former child star best known for his role as Jonathan Motene, son of Khaya (Akin Omotoso) and Julia Motene (Xolile Tshabalala), in the SABC1 soap opera Generations, from 2003-2008. He was later known for his role as Thula on the e.tv soap opera Rhythm City, from 2008-2012. The character launched into the spotlight after sharing a kiss with another man, his friend Stone (played by Zenzo Ngqobe), in a storyline that began in May 2008. Ngubeni was born in Soweto, Johannesburg. His career began at the age of five as one of the characters on the popular children's television programme, Kideo. By the age of 10, he had featured as an actor in numerous television commercials. His first presenting job was on SABC2's School TV. Later, he acted in television dramas and corporate videos, including the critically acclaimed industrial video Kingdom of the Sun. At age 11 he landed a role in the teen drama television series Street Life on SABC3, in which he played the lead role as a street kid. In 2000 Wright re-launched his TV career by appearing in a commercial for national retailer, Edgars. He made his international debut in the mini series Human Cargo, in which he played Nobakhaba, a Burundian teenager with a Hutu mother and Tutsi father; caught up in a cultural war going on in his country between the tribes. His next international feature was Shadow, in which he played a small role of the son of Amin Walker. While busy lending his voice to the South African audience as a voice-over artist, he was cast in the popular soapie Generations on SABC1 in the role of Jonathan Motene. He entered Generations as a 13-year-old boy who had spent the first part of his life in England and had now returned to South Africa with his younger sister and mother. While on Generations, he auditioned to anchor World of Winners on SABC2. The show, which was initially a five-minute weekly game show, proved to be popular to the point that the SABC extended it to a 30-minute daily live show. It was at this point that he left Generations to pursue live TV.


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