Lalla Hirayama biography: age, boyfriend, education, background

Lalla Hirayama (born 10 February 1988 in Hiratsuka) is a Japanese-born South African public figure. The beautiful and celebrated actress also does modeling, presenting, and dancing.

She is also a voice artist and gain fame for being the host on many Vuzu shows. Among the shows she hosted is V-Entertainment and Masters of Rhythm.

She has gained ground in the entertainment circle and has captured the hearts of many. Lalla has bagged several awards and recognitions for the impact she has made so far.


Lalla Hirayama biography
NameLalla Hirayama
Other namesNinja
Born10 February 1988 (age 33 years)
Hiratsuka, Japan
NationalitySouth African
EducationBritish International College
PartnerChris Nkosi (separated)
Kent Blake Henderson
OccupationActress, model, presenter, dancer
Years active2003-date


Lalla Hirayama background

The celebrated personality was born on 10 February 1988 in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.

She entered into a family of mixed ethnicity, her father is a white South African of Jewish descent. Lalla’s mother is from Japanese.

Her interest in presenting could be traced back to her days as a child when she landed the job as a presenter for Craz-e, a daily kids time channel on

Her early childhood days were spent in Japan, later she relocated with her family to Australia and then South Africa. She started her primary school education in Gauteng, South Africa.

She started to engage in horse riding and other athletics. Her involvement in these activities earned a spot in the Junior Horse Riding Champion in 1997.

According to her, she hails from a diverse background; Shinto, Christianity, Judaism, and Buddhism with other beliefs systems and cultures.


She kicked off her basic (primary) school education in South Africa at Fairways Primary School, Sandton, Gauteng.

Lalla enrolled at British International College (BIC) in Bryanston, Johannesburg. While in high school she underwent training in dancing.


She began to participate in horse riding in 1997 and became Junior Horse Riding Champ in the same year, after joining the Athletics Team (A-Team).

In 2001, she put her experience in music to use in teaching hip hop, tap, and modern dancing in Japan.

She began her professional performance in 2005 and danced in many Corporate Functions under the Vigor8 Company.

Her hip hop Marketing and Events Company – ACC (Clinch City Entertainment) was formed in 2006. As a dancer, she has worked with and for many big names in the industry.

Lalla has danced for popular artists in the country including the late Lebo Mathosa, Slikour, and Relo.

She continued to gain ground as a dancer and became a SABC dancer at the Rand Show, Royal Show, Grahamstown Festival in 2007.

Hirayama was an SABC1 brand ambassador/presenter (2007-2008). As an actress, she has appeared in South African soap operas. She was cast in the local soap opera Rhythm City as Felicia in 2009. 

Lalla received an appointment as the first continuity presenter of Massiv TV in 2010. 

In the next year, she was the host of an reality show/competition – Tropika Island of Treasure 3. Hirayama also hosted the Vuzu reality competition – Masters of Rhythm.

She took over the baton from Nonhle Thema as a co-host of V-Entertainment. Lalla joined Siyabonga Ngwekazi as a host on the Vuzu entertainment magazine show.

In 2013, she was among the celebrities who appeared in season 6 of Strictly Come Dancing. She left the SABC3 reality competition with a second position.

She was signed to be among the judges on season five of SA’s Got Talent in 2014. Lalla returned in the sixth season of the reality series. 

In 2015, she appeared in season one of The Hustle, a Vuzu Amp reality competition music talent search, as a guest judge. She carried on with presenting V-Entertainment on Vuzu until season 9.

After the show turned to a weekly program, she left for co-hosting duties on Massive Music, a Mzansi Magic Friday night music show.

Personal life

Lalla Hirayama age

Lalla Hirayama was dating Chris Nkosi and together they became a stalwart couple in the entertainment circle. They were in a romantic relationship for five years and appeared in events together, “hand-in-hand”.

She however ended her relationship with Chris, who is involved in the Johannesburg nightclub industry.

She is reported to have found love again in the arms of Kent Blake Henderson, a brand marketing manager.

Social media

Lalla is active on social media and shares content on her modeling profession and lifestyle. She updates over 225k followers on Instagram with content that tells more about her. 

Sometimes she shares intimate and revealing pictures of herself, her fans love her for it.


TV Shows

The HustleGuest Judge
The Comedy Central RoastRed Carpet Host
The Close UpHerself
SA’s Got TalentJudge
The AXE Sweet LifeDark Angel
Tropika Island of TreasureHost
The Channel O Africa Music Video AwardsRed Carpet Reporter
Strictly Come Dancing – Celebrity DancerHerself
ScreenTime with Nicky GreenwallHerself
Rhythm CityFelicia (Sizzle)
Miss South AfricaCommentary Booth Presenter
Masters of RhythmHost
Massive MusicHost

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