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“She’s the Light of My Life” – South African Celeb Nonhle Thema introduces her Baby Daughter, Star Phoenix Ivy



Nonhle Star
In December 2012, BN featured the New Ad Campaign for Nando’s SA featuring South African celeb Nonhle Thema. We mentioned that she had recently given birth to her first child, a daughter named Star Phoenix Ivy and now we have our first look at Nonhle’s precious bundle of joy.

Star made her magazine debut on the cover of popular magazine DRUM. In the interview, Nonhle talked about how Star is the “light of her life” and has given her a reason to live again. So cute!

Reserved Life Magazine NonhleNonhle also sat down with Reserved Life Magazine and here is what she had to say

RL: You seem to be flying out of the entertainment radar, are you happy with that?
NT: I’ve decided to take a break, reflect and find myself again. I needed to go back to God who started it all and reconnect with Him once again, as I had lost Him along my way. I think this was a great way to take a step back and just breathe away from people’s eyes. Moreover God has blessed me with a baby girl. I therefore used my pregnancy as a way to stay away from limelight and focus on my family and loved ones.

RL: You are now a mom, entrepreneur, with legion of fans on twitter. How do you juggle things around, for sanity, balance and still continue to be the best you could be to baby Star?
NH: Being a mom has been the greatest blessing God has ever given me. I’m honoured to have been chosen to be mom to baby Star. She is my sanity away from the world’s madness. It is easy to juggle between my job, interacting with fans and still be the best possible mom to my daughter. When your heart is at peace you are able to do things you never thought you capable of doing. My golden rule is simple. After 13 years in the industry, my priority is Star, family first and everything else after. My fans understand and they are supportive. My business is also growing phenomenally of course with the help of my team. I’m genuinely in a good place, good space.

RL: Being associated with Nandos, care to tell us how did the endorsement (TV commercial – talk of town) come about?
This has been by far the most fun endorsement I have done. Nandos came to me and proposed the idea: Nandos Nonhle campaign and I had just given birth to Star. Within 2 weeks, I was flown to Cape Town including my family to shoot the advert. I knew people would love it, cos I don’t take myself too seriously. I knew people would understand me better after this ad campaign, the intention is to bring a smile to those tend to take every little tweet I send too serious.

SA sometimes can be a bit too serious and forget to laugh. Would you say you are now conforming to the public demands or you’d rather stay true to who you are?
LOL! I have always stayed true to myself. I don’t do things to impress other people. I’m not interested in that. I’m now coming back in the industry as me. No fake-ness, it’s either you like me or you don’t. I’m glad though my fans love the real me.

RL: With haters spreading like wild fire on Twitter, how do you filter, and what’s your advice to young women aspiring to follow in your footsteps?
I’ve experienced immense and dangerous hate to such an extent I’ve become immune to it. As a result I’ve adopted whatever “Live your life, you can’t stop each time someone throws a rock your direction” attitude.


  1. Nkan be

    January 8, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Ok now,Ivy blue’s got a sister from another mum

    • Bidi bang

      January 16, 2013 at 7:39 am

      Lol thank God that is not only NAija ppl too dey copy copy as in

  2. HABBA

    January 8, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Phoneix ivy aka Red Ivy! lmao! ok done! the baby is fine tho!

  3. a hater!

    January 8, 2013 at 8:28 am

    She’s gat 2b kiddin me on “Ivy” as in Ivy Blue abi na Blue Ivy. Copy copy no b only 4 9ja sef evn my Pastor give em new baby “Funmi Ivy” d oda day.. I don tire

    • Mzm

      January 8, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      LOOOOOL. ‘Funmi ivy’. I can’t.

  4. Drew

    January 8, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Green Ivy, anyone? 🙂

    • Ginika

      January 8, 2013 at 8:42 am

      That name is reserved for my child?! LOL

    • Daisy

      January 8, 2013 at 9:24 am

      Oh sorry ooo lol. I was thinking of grabbing it fr mine too.

  5. Teefah

    January 8, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Blue Ivy…Phoenix Ivy,,,go figure
    Happy for her though…maybe this will calm her down a bit

    • leendi

      January 8, 2013 at 8:41 am

      She had a fragrance called “Precious Ivy” before Beyonce & Jay Z had Blue Ivy so to be fair, she didn’t copy them

      Love your blog by the way!

  6. iamfascinating

    January 8, 2013 at 8:44 am

    pretty mom and baby

  7. onna

    January 8, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Soon naija celebs ‘ll be giving dier kids ‘hollywood’ names. Can’t wait t c what they come up with

  8. Opsy

    January 8, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    make una born una own pikin and call am anything una like. Leave her alone.

  9. Simya

    January 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Nawa for Hollywood name. If I want my daughter to know she is a star and she is precious…I will simply tell her that every day of her life, no need for the names

    • Cynthia

      January 8, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Best reasonable comment so far.

  10. omada

    January 11, 2013 at 11:51 pm


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