Selema Masekela Biography, Lupita Nyong’o Boyfriend

Lupita Nyong’o’s fans were excited when the award-winning actress posted Selema Masekela on Instagram. The accompanying message suggested that the two were romantically involved. 

So who is Selema Masekela? 

Selema Masekela Family 

Born on 28 August 1971, Selema Masekela is now 51 years old, hailing from Los Angeles, California.  Along with Jason Bergh, he co-owns the Berkela Motion Pictures. Little did you know, Selema is also very much interested in sports. He excels in surfing, snowboarding, and skateboarding. 

He is the son of the legendary South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela and a Haitian mother. His half-brother, Nathan Gonzalez, appeared as a contestant in Survivor: Cook Islands. 

Selema Education

Raised in New York, he attended Carlsbad High School. Living in California as a teenager, he took up snowboarding, surfing, and skateboarding. 

In 1992, he began interning at Transworld Publications, home of TW snow, TW Skateboarding, and TW Surf magazine. 

During the 2003-2004 season, he was an NBA sideline reporter for ESPN. Until 2010, he served as a co-host of The Daily 10, a countdown of the top ten entertainment stories of the day.

For more than a decade, he also hosted X Games and Winter X Games on ESPN. During the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa, he worked for ESPN as a correspondent.

He got the chance to visit his father’s homeland for the first time and Hugh took him to places where he was brought up.

This was featured in an ESPN series dubbed Through My Father’s Eyes. This series documented their father-son journey through South Africa. 

Entering into a contract with Red Bull Media House, he left ESPN to work for NBC and NBC Sports Network. He was a feature reporter for Olympic Zone, during NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

In 2015, he became a correspondent and executive producer on VICE, an Emmy Award-winning investigative series. He also appeared as an actor on Point Break the same year. 

In 2016, he was the host and executive producer of Vice World of Sports, VICELAND’s documentary series. The series which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival explored people, politics, and culture through sports in different parts of the world. 

In 2018, he was featured on Uncle Drew and Sneakerheads in 2020. 

Selema ‘Sal’ Masekela’s Job?

Sal is a sports commentator and TV host. He began his career as an intern at Transworld Publications in 1992. More than a decade later, the Los Angeles native got his big break working as a sideline reporter for ESPN during the NBA’s 2003 to 2004 season. 

Afterward, Sal landed his gig on the E! network’s Daily 10 as a cohost until the show was canceled in 2010. That year, the former Staten Island resident was hired by ESPN as a correspondent for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Four years later, Sal worked as a reporter for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. 

Aside from sports reporting and TV, Sal is also an avid musician, as he was raised by his dad, South African jazz artist Hugh Masekela. Sal’s band, Alekesam, has released several successful songs, some of which were featured on hit television shows such as Entourage and House of Lies.  

Since he is comfortable in front of the camera, Selema is also an actor. His IMDb credits include appearances in Sneakerheads, Point Break and Liza on Demand. Not only is he an actor, but he has also executively produced a variety of projects, from the series Vice World of Sports to Sorry to Keep You Waiting. 

While Sal is a pro in showbiz, he is also a businessman. He cofounded the South Africa-based surf store Mami Wata, which designs and sells surfboards, accessories and clothes.  

Selema Masekela Music 

Masekela is also a musician having traveled the world with his father as a teenager. His band is named Alekesam, after his first film which demonstrated his relationship with his dad and their connection through music. The band’s music has been featured in House of Lies, Entourage and Showtime Hit. 

He has also hosted various live events including Google Zeitgeist and YouTube’s Brandcast in New York and Paris. 

In South Africa, he co-founded Mami Wata, which is a surf shop that designs and manufactures quality apparel,  surfboards, and accessories. 


Selema Masekela Net Worth

The 51-year-old is also a mentor of youths through sports and sits on the advisory boards of the Lunchbox fund. This is a nonprofit that provides meals to students of township schools in Soweto South Africa.

Talking about his monetary earnings, Selema Masekela Net Worth is estimated to be a whopping $2 million. The major sources of his extravagant income have been Selema being a successful host, sports commentator, film producer, and voice artist

Lupita Nyong’o Networth

Although he and Lupita certainly don’t focus on finances in their romance, the Black Panther star’s net worth differs and is currently at $10 million because of her long range of acting credits. 

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