10 South African celebrities that are actually Zimbabweans

10 South African celebrities that are actually Zimbabweans

10 South African celebrities that are actually Zimbabweans

It’s a well-known fact that South Africa has become one of Africa’s entertainment powerhouse. Of late it’s almost everyone’s dream to make it on Mzansi’s ShowBizz and blitz. No doubt many celebrated personalities have found a foot in the entertainment industry but not all of them are South Africans.

Several celebrities roots have been questioned of late. Well here are some South African celebrities who are actually Zimbabweans who have been thrust into the limelight in Mzansi.

10 South African celebrities that are actually Zimbabweans
Did you know these 10 South African celebrities are actually Zimbabweans?

Many of them have escalated to become national icons and held with high regard in their different areas of specialization. This list contains iconic and celebrated Mzansi celebrities with Zimbabwean roots.

Given the geographical and cultural proximity of Zimbabwe and South African, there are rife indications that some of the popular stars of the South African entertainment industry and famous personas have their roots traced back to Zimbabwe.
Sha Sha 
She has been making all sorts of headlines of late. She has been duped as the Queen of Amapiano. Sha Sha’s real name is Charmaine Mapimbiro, she was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest city, and grew up in Mutare.

Did you know these 10 South African celebrities are actually Zimbabweans?
10 South African celebrities that are actually Zimbabweans
Did you know these 10 South African celebrities are actually Zimbabweans?
“I was born in Bulawayo and stayed there for a bit. We then moved to Mutare then Harare but most of my years were in Mutare because my dad is from Mutare,” Sha Sha mentions in a podcast interview with Mac G.
In June 2020 Sha Sha become the first Zimbabwean to win a BET Award. However, she was nominated and won the BET Award 2020 – Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act award. Sha Sha’s recognition on the international stage triggered her identity as many fans weren’t aware that she is from neighbouring Zimbabwe.

Tendai Mtawarira

Mtawarira was born on 1 August 1985 in Harare, Zimbabwe. He attended Churchill School in Harare for five years before being given a full scholarship to Peterhouse Boys’ School, an independent school in Mashonaland East.

At the age of 15, while at Churchill, he was spotted by Zimbabwean coach Joey Muwadzuri who invited him to join the Under 19 side at the National Schools Festival.

Did you know these 10 South African celebrities are actually Zimbabweans?
Did you know these 10 South African celebrities are actually Zimbabweans?

Mtawarira prowess landed him a spot in the invincible Sharks squad of 2008 which then saw him being offered an opportunity to play for South Africa. He is best known as The Beast.

Mtawarira made his debut for South Africa against Wales on 14 June 2008. With 117 caps, he is the most capped prop in South African history and the third most-capped Springbok of all time behind Victor Matfield and Bryan Habana. He became the second black Zimbabwean to play rugby for the Springboks in South Africa. In 2010, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma gave him South African citizenship.

Did you know these 10 South African celebrities are actually Zimbabweans?

Peter Ndoro
He has been making all sorts of headlines of late. He has become one of Mzansi’s celebrated Tv personalities. Peter Ndoro was born in Zimbabwe and worked for ZBC before moving to South Africa for greener pastures.
However, he is known for his powerful command of the English language, Peter anchors News on SABC2’s Morning Live.
Did you know these 10 South African celebrities are actually Zimbabweans?
Did you know these 10 South African celebrities are actually Zimbabweans?
The aforementioned media personality was born in Zimbabwe but spent his early life in England. He returned to his home country Zimbabwe only when he was 15 and after graduation, he started his career in broadcasting before he was made an irresistible offer in South Africa, where he moved to.
Oskido
Oskido is a House and Kwaito legend who grew up in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The Kalawa Jazmee Records DJ is a reckoning force in the South African entertainment industry. He is born to a Zimbabwean father, Esaph Mdlongwa, who was a politician, and a South African mother, Emily Sophia Molifi.
Did you know these 10 South African celebrities are actually Zimbabweans?
Did you know these 10 South African celebrities are actually Zimbabweans?
Although he was born in Brits, South Africa, he spent the better half of his adult life in Zimbabwe before returning to South Africa after High school. Oskido co-founded Kalawa Jazmee Records which is home to Mafikizolo, DJ Zinhle, and more. His talent has been appreciated not only in South Africa but internationally through a number of international awards and endorsement deals.
Nadia Nakai
Nadia Nakai is an award-winning hip hop artist from South Africa. She changed her surname from Dlamini and adopted her Zimbabwean mother’s which is Kandava. However, she has been regarded as a half cast. Nakai’s mother is Zimbabwean whilst her father is South African. In recent years she has always made it clear that she was of Zimbabwean origin and was not even shy about it. The reckoning force in SA Hip Hop considers Zimbabwe as part of her identity.
Bujy Bikwa
Bujy Bikwa is a Zimbabwean-born South African radio host, television presenter, and producer best known as one of the Top 4 contestants on the SABC1 reality competition Dance Your Butt Off, from 2010-2011. Born in Zimbabwe, he moved to South Africa in 1992 with his South African mother. He grew up in Orange Farm before moving to Johannesburg.

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