Celebrities look back on younger years


Do you remember what you did and where you were when you were 21?

South African personalities have taken it upon themselves to share personal, beautiful and painful memories of their younger years.

The "When I was XXI" or simply the "XXI" challenge has been doing the rounds on Mzansi's social media platforms and the our celebs have shared are tear-jerkers and humorous!

Each person who has been nominated chooses a few people whose stories they would like more insight into.

We've put together some of our favourite stories so far. WARNING: Be sure to have a box of tissues nearby.


When I was #XXI ... I'd just given upon my dream of becoming a lawyer, after second year. I'd been hosting a new music show called "Studio Mix" for about 6 months. We replaced "Pick A Tune". I shared a flat in Yeoville with a friend. I was trying to find my way around Jozi (literally and figuratively). I had a day job as a PA on ZD (another music show), at the SABC. I was about to have my heart broken for the first time. I partied like there was no tomorrow because, youth. I couldn't drive and got around by using Rose's Taxis. I was chubby. (Thanks to the subsequent heartbreak, I lost all that weight) Thanks @hulisaniravele for the nomination. I nominate @azania_ , @unathi.co and @zeebala to share their #XXI stories. A photo posted by Melanie Bala (@melzinbala) on

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