This South African Coming-of-Age Ceremony Is the Definition of Squad Goals

Sbahle Mpisane’s birthday celebration in all its glory. (Photo: Instagram/sbhale_mpisane)
Sbahle Mpisane’s birthday celebration in all its glory. (Photo: Instagram/sbhale_mpisane)

South African fitness influencer Sbahle Mpisane has more than half a million Instagram followers, and she captivates her audience with her powerful and inspiring fitness routines. Mpisane recently turned 24, and her entire town seems to have celebrated with her.

Izimbali ezakwaZulu

A post shared by FitnessBunnie (@sbahle_mpisane) on Jul 30, 2017 at 12:44am PDT


A post shared by FitnessBunnie (@sbahle_mpisane) on Jul 30, 2017 at 6:44am PDT


Mpisane — or Fitness Bunnie, as she is known in social media — had her traditional Zulu coming-of-age ceremony, called an Umemulo, and the pictures of the festivities are captivating. Historically, the ceremony was for Zulu women who reached the age of 21 as virgins, but as times have changed, the ceremony now celebrates young unmarried women as they come of age — typically before 30.  

In celebration of Mpisane, her friends and family followed all of the requisite traditions, including parading down the street chanting her name.

A post shared by FitnessBunnie (@sbahle_mpisane) on Jul 31, 2017 at 8:17am PDT


Friends and family also wore traditional costumes for the ceremony and looked amazing.

My MVPs Facebeat by: @thobie Outfit by: @zulu_brides

A post shared by FitnessBunnie (@sbahle_mpisane) on Jul 31, 2017 at 8:08am PDT


Mpisane is the daughter of Durban business tycoons Shauwn and S’bu Mpisane.

I am a daughter from a strong man, and a beautiful mommy

A post shared by FitnessBunnie (@sbahle_mpisane) on Aug 1, 2017 at 12:51am PDT



Mother and Daughter

A post shared by FitnessBunnie (@sbahle_mpisane) on Jul 31, 2017 at 3:30pm PDT


Even South Africa’s first lady, Thobeka  Zuma, made an appearance at the party to congratulate the birthday girl.

Our First Lady and her beautiful family @firstladytzuma

A post shared by FitnessBunnie (@sbahle_mpisane) on Jul 31, 2017 at 8:29am PDT


Mpisane had three outfit changes during the fun-filled event: two traditional South African costumes and one where she glammed up and left everyone speechless.


My umemulo Grand After Party Dinner ✨

A post shared by FitnessBunnie (@sbahle_mpisane) on Aug 1, 2017 at 4:30am PDT


The Mpisanes ✨

A post shared by FitnessBunnie (@sbahle_mpisane) on Aug 1, 2017 at 4:17am PDT


DAUGHTER & MOTHER double trouble both dressed by @cinnelstore ✨

A post shared by FitnessBunnie (@sbahle_mpisane) on Aug 1, 2017 at 4:39am PDT


Lol my face expression here

A post shared by FitnessBunnie (@sbahle_mpisane) on Aug 1, 2017 at 4:41am PDT


The Twitterverse is loving all these beautiful photos of her Umemulo.





We 100 percent agree.

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