Anele Papu biography: age, background, education, photographer, studio

Anele Papu biography: age, background, education, photographer, studio

April 25, 2021 0 By Nelson Mbeki

Anele Papu (born 16 September 1989 in Kwa Desi, Port Elizabeth) is a successful South African lensman. He is often referred to as a beast behind the lens. The well-known celebrity photographer is also into modeling.

Rumors of him dating Club 808 presenter, Boity Thulo brought him into the limelight. Yea! he saw himself making headlines after he was linked to being dating the presenter earlier in 2016.

Even apart from the rumors, he is a well-known celebrity who tells interested viewers stories through photos.

Personal Data

Anele Papu biography
BornAnele Papu
16 September 1989 (age 31)
BirthplaceKwa Desi, Port Elizabeth
NationalitySouth African
Alma materNelson Mandela Metropolitan University
ProfessionModel and photographer


Born in Kwa Desi, Port Elizabeth on 16 September 1989 is a young man who has made a name for himself today with the lens.

He has worked with several notable brands and personalities in South Africa and beyond. He has worked with Uber, Pearl Thusi, Maps Maponyane, Jaguar, and Adidas.

Earlier in 2016, he relocated to Jo’burg from P.E. There he focused more on expanding his brand and climbing greater heights in the industry. 


The Port Elizabeth-born photographer studied for his profession at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. He studied a year of photography.

After he was done with his high school academic pursuit, he was interested in studying graphic design in a higher institution.

After he failed to get in, he received advice (recommendation) from the faculty art director to do photography instead. Following the advice, he kicked off his academic pursuit in photography.

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After a year of study, he quit his studies to focus more on his profession.

Starting his marketing and multimedia company, Vulzee followed. He has ever since has been recording successes and flourishing.

His well-built physique, which got many ladies crushing on him, is proof that he loves to visit the gym.

Anele is also a stylish young man, little wonder he was nominated for the Best Styled Individual at the 12th annual Feather Awards. He received the nomination alongside Jimmy Nevis.

Personal Life

He was rumored to be dating Boity. Lately, Drum reported that the two rarely speak. Anele is no longer her official photographer also. 

The rumor was fueled after the two tagged each other in the past and shared cute pics of each other. They both were seen at the YOU Spectacular awards but apart.

The lensman was focused on his work who knows, he may have moved on to Nomzamo Mbatha to be her photographer. 

Though it is yet to be confirmed, Anele took most of Nomzamo’s pictures on social media from the event. Still, on the topic, Stills By Tom has replaced Anele as Boity’s new lensman.


In 2016, media sites announced that Anele hopes to launch his new application and website.

He is on Instagram and boasts of over 80.2 thousand followers and on Twitter 10.3 thousand followers. On Facebook, he is also active and has almost 23 thousand followers.