|Birth name||Bonginkosi Thuthukani Dlamini|
|Also known as||Zola 7|
April 24, 1977|
Gauteng, South Africa
|Years active||2000 - to date|
Ghetto Ruff (former)|
Zola (born Bonginkosi Thuthukani Dlamini on 24 April 1977 ) is a South African musician, poet, actor and presenter best known for his role as the notorious gangster Papa Action in Yizo Yizo 2. He was also a presenter of Zola 7, a television show named after him and was the presenter of Utatakho, a programme aimed at reconnecting kids with their fathers.
Zola was born Bonginkosi Thuthukani Dlamini on the 24 April 1977 in Zola, Soweto, a township in Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa. He spent his formative years in Zola, sub-township in Soweto notoriously known for its high crime rate, from which he adopted his name. Unemployment, alcoholism, and single parent families are the norm in Zola. Dlamini’s father believed to be part of the Mchunu clan abandoned the family, leaving his mother to care for him and his older brother and sister when they were young. Zola himself served time in prison as a juvenile for car theft.