Thulani Kubeka was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1993. He comes from a small Zulu family with whom he lives with in Dobsonville, Soweto. He spent most of his childhood in Diepkloof and was raised by his grandmother while his mother completed her studies and it is during that period of time that he developed his love for history and storytelling. His favorite subject was history and this was enhanced by the photographs and stories about his grandmother’s childhood and experiences that she used to share with him.
As a child Thulani was always interested in ways of creating, especially music and art which he loved but couldn’t contribute to it as he couldn’t draw or paint. He enjoyed gazing at paintings and photographs in magazines which later led him to be deeply intrigued by portrait photography.