Unathi Msengana. Picture: Instagram

Unathi Msengana is living her best life at 40. The "Idols SA" judge and singer celebrated her milestone birthday beachside with her "queens" on Tuesday.

Taking to Instagram, Unathi paid tribute to all the people who've played a role in her life thus far, and those who she's yet to meet, or will never meet. 

Sharing a snap of herself chilling on a boat, she wrote: "They say life begins at 40. It is my born day today. 40 years ago I was born to Sakhiwo no Nondwe who conceived me out of love. My uncle Ndabazoxolo Nkayi named me Unathi. I was the only grandchild my grandfather,Themba, named. To which he gave me the name, Fundiswa, which I use as my second name. 

"My grandfather was/is Themba, whose father was Dyonashe, the son of Singqe. I know I am the answer to my forefathers dreams and prayers and I hold that with high regard. I am the mother of Sinako and Imbo Msengana who too were conceived in love with the man who remains the love of my life. 

"I am sister to my incredible sisters, cousin-niece-aunt-granddaughter to my solid fam and friend to my absolutely crazy friends. 

"To ALL of you thank you for your love. To those I love, have met, never have met and possibly never will. Your love has made me the woman I am today. Thank you for your love. (sic)"

She also shared a series of snaps of herself and her friends sipping champagne while soaking up some November sun. 

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Issa celebration!

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Birthday with my QUEENS

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The festivities carried on well into the evening, as Unathi and her pals enjoyed dinner, drinking and had a sing-a-long session.

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Dinner time🤸🏾‍♂️

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😭

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