Ziphozihle Aliva was born in the Eastern Cape, in the city of East London. From a very young age Ziphozihle had a flair for the arts specifically performance art. She joined her primary school choir and went on to become a soloist at the age of 13, in the eighth grade. Her singing teacher entered her in the provincial eisteddfod for three consecutive years and she attained two gold certificates and a silver certificate. Ziphozihle matriculated in 2009 and went on to further her studies by attaining her certificate in IT and business skills at Damelin college in East London in 2010. In 2012 Ziphozihle went on to further her studies in Drama at the Tshwane University of Technology. During her studies, Ziphozihle has had the pleasure of performing in the Universities annual theatre festival The Rostrum Roulette. She has also had the privilege of being a part of the Universities film projects as she has an undying love for film and its depth. In 2014 Ziphozihle had the pleasure of being a part of another film project from the Tshwane University of Technology, where she had the honour of working with two of South Africa’s professional actors namely Jet Novuka as well as Luthuli Dlamini. Working with them was without a doubt, one of the best learning experiences she has had thus far. In 2015 Ziphozihle Aliva joined Talent ETC, which is most certainly, and honour and a dream come true. Ziphozihle is currently completing her Diploma in Drama and film studies in the Tshwane and University of Technology.