Lunga Mofokeng is a South African actor best known for playing the character Andile Dikana in The River, the South African popular television series. The actor found fame on the 1Magic’s telenovela, having won the hearts of viewers through brilliant performance.
Though a natural-born entertainer, Lunga only developed a keen interest in acting after winning the runner-up for best performing actor at his school’s festival in grade 10. Today, he has featured in a good number of local productions and also won several awards for portraying characters with so much expertise.
What is Andile from The River’s Real Name?
The name of The River character Andile Dikana in real life is Lunga Luchy Mofokeng, as seen on his official Instagram page. Though popular known by his character name Andile by the show’s loyal fans, Lunga is the name the actor’s biological parents gave him after his birth in South Africa.
Lunga is of Xhosa origin, meaning “Righteous or right or be good.”
How Old is Andile from The River?
Lunga Mofokeng, who portrayed Andile Dikana in the TV series The River, is currently 27 years old. He was born in the mid-1990s, precisely in 1996. His place of birth is a village in Gauteng province called Kahlehong.
The actor is the son of South African parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mofokeng, whose individual names, occupations, and current whereabouts are not known publicly. It is not also clear if Luga has siblings and who his other family members are. He has never talked about his background and family publicly.
The River actor was raised in Kahlehong, where he also had his elementary and high school education. He graduated from high school in 2015 but not without several awards and special recognition among his contemporaries for his acting skills.
He won the runner-up for best performing actor at his school’s festival in grade 10 and later went home with an award for the best actor the following year. These were in addition to other accolades and the fame he garnered then as a young boy.
Mofokeng had his tertiary education at CityVarsity at the Braamfontein Campus in Johannesburg. He majored in acting for camera and live performance and subsequently graduated with his mates.
Lunga Mofokeng Is Already On His Way To Greatness As An Actor
Lunga has proved that it takes passion and consistency to get to the top in any field of endeavor. The actor was first introduced to acting in grade 10 by his friend, but instead, he abandoned the art shortly afterward because he lacked interest in it then. After winning the first runner-up in his school play, he became committed to the art.
His journey to greatness, however, began after an agent spotted him during one of his school’s plays. Mofokeng, during his graduation year, impressed an agent during a play so much that the agent promised to sign him immediately after graduating. Forward to 2017, the actor kept pushing and never gave up on his dream of becoming a professional actor.
So that year, he decided to go for an audition at a theatre company he did his internship for a couple of months. He was also going for auditions in between the gaps until an acting opportunity eventually came his way. That was how he landed a role as a young cameo in the local project, Ring Of Lies.
Shortly after Lunga bagged a role in Ring Of Lies, he auditioned and was successfully hired to play Andile Dikana in The River. Besides his on-screen projects, Mofokeng also has some theatrical credits. In fact, he actually started in the theatre.
He played Thapelo in Poetry versus Sketching (directed by Jefferson Tshabalala), Jojo on Space Rocks, directed by Craig Morris, and Frankie on Kaffirs, directed by Charlie Samson.
Some of the films he has featured in include Who’s Next (as Sean), Selfish Heart Bill as directed by Itumeleng Nomtshongwana, and Die Kantoor. Others are A Woman’s Wrath (as Tebogo and directed by Nompumelelo Gumede) and Raquel as Detective Charles.
The Kahlehong-born Actor Plays A Gay Role On The River
Lunga’s on-screen character, Andile Dikana, is gay in the television series. And despite being straight in real life, Mofokeng has managed to win the hearts of the show’s productions and viewers alike through his acting skill.
Andile is the son of Lindiwe Dlamini Dikana and top cop Zweli Dikana (played by Sindi Dlathu and Hlomla Dandala, respectively) in The River. He is regarded as the softest and most vulnerable person in his family. Despite being someone who loves being on his own, he has, on several occasions, been dragged into his family’s endless issues and drama.
However, over the last five seasons, Andile has grown to become a man and someone who can make choices of his own regardless of who is involved. One of the reasons Lunga has been killing this role is because of his open mind and ability to jump into character once he slips into the costume.
Through his role in The River, he has earned a massive fanbase. He has also made substantial money from the show. Above all, the show has opened up several opportunities in the industry for him, thereby making him more accomplished than many anticipated.
List of Lunga Mofokeng’s movies and TV shows
- Space Rocks
- Poetry versus Sketching
- Salamanders (TV series)
- The River (Tv series)
- A Woman’s Wrath (film)
- Raquel (film)
- Who’s Next (film).
- Sacred Heart (film)
- Die Kantoor (film)
Lunga Mofokeng Is Currently In A Secret Relationship
Despite being linked to South African actress Lorraine Moropa for so many years now, there is a strong indication that nothing serious is going on between the two long-term friends.
In a recent interview, the actor admitted that he is seeing someone, but he, however, declined to speak further on the whole the lucky lady is. The actor, however, promised to introduce his girlfriend to his fans at the right time because he doesn’t believe in secrecy and hiding. According to him, her identity has not been revealed because he is protecting her.
There is no available record of the women he has dated in the past. Lunga is yet to legally tie the knot or give birth to his kids.
Mofokeng Is Active On Social Media Platforms
Talking about his online presence, he is being followed by over 170,000 people on Instagram. He is very active on Instagram, where he keeps his fans updated and also posts his funny Tik Tok videos.
Last Night we did play with the other Kids! pic.twitter.com/0Nue9amCJn
— Lunga Luchy Mofokeng (@lunga_luchy) March 27, 2022
He also connects with his over 29,000 fans on Twitter and other social media platforms.