Lesego Tlhabi

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Lesego completed a BA (Honours) in Theatre with majors in Musical Theatre and Playwriting in 2014 from Brunel University London. During the summer of 2013, she adventured to New York Film Academy to obtain a Diploma in Musical Theatre as well as Columbia University for a Diploma in TV Writing.


When she came back to Joburg after graduation, she began working behind the scenes as a Content Producer and Scriptwriter for a variety of entertainment news shows and reality shows. 


It is her experience and training that led her to creating her character: Coconut Kelzwhich is a growing satire/comedy figure. Coconut Kelz was inspired by Lesego’s time at school, which in SA, private schools are inherently white spaces. She has used the outrage channeled from the microaggressions she experienced and witnessed from her white school mates and including some race and class microaggressions around her space today, to create a character whose voice is much like that of a sheltered and privileged white person (but also out of touch black person) to shine a light on their obtuseness or willful ignorance. 


In light of the eNCA interview earlier this year, Lesego and Coconut Kelz remain very busy with many exciting projects (namely a satirical book out in September, features on various TV spots (including regular features on ETV’s Morning Show, The Tonight Show with Jane Dutton on eNCA, The weekend Breakfast Show with Phemelo Motene on Radio 702 and MTV’s Guy Code, and recently Jacaranda FM’s afternoon drive with Rian) She also produced the Coconut Kelz Election Special, alongside Clive Morris Productions which aired on BET last month. She has hosted the Media 24 Awards, The Coconut Show- a stand up comedy special featuring Donovan Goliath and Tats Nkonzo, and various other gigs. She has also been nominated for the 200 Young M&G 2019 (winners announced 28 June).