Sibonginkosi Tenza is a 24-year-old actress who is popular for her role as Nandi Mkhize in The Black Door and its spin-off, Isitha – The Enemy. She was born on August 17, 1999, and is a native of Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal Province.
How Old Is Nandi from The Black Door?
Nandi from The Black Door, whose real name is Sibonginkosi Tenza, is 24 years old. In Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal province, she was born on August 17th, 1999. And her Zodiac sign is Leo.
Sibonginkosi was raised in her hometown of Pietermaritzburg and eventually relocated to Johannesburg, where she presently resides.
For her primary education, Nandi from The Blackdoor attended local schools located in Pietermaritzburg. She then obtained her Matric at Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School. She subsequently enrolled at the University of Witwatersrand in 2018, where she had her tertiary education.
The Black Door is Sibonginkosi Tenza’s Debut Acting Role
At the age of 22, in April 2022, Sibonginkosi made her acting debut in the e.tv series, The Black Door. She played a starring role as Nandi Mkhize in the drama series. Her character in The Black Door is book-smart and graduated from Stellenbosch’s Business School. She is the only child of her parents and the apple of her father’s eye.
Though she wanted to move out of Emalahleni to be independent after her internship, she met and fell in love with Khaya Sokhulu (Zamani Mbatha) while working at a factory. Their relationship faced serious challenges as Nandi’s father, Frans Mkhize (Siphiwe Nkosi), was against her choice of man after finding out that Khaya was the sex worker at The Black Door brothel, with whom he was romantically involved.
Khaya’s family also wanted him to marry his late brother’s wife, Nolitha (Sibulele Ntlebi), after she revealed that Khaya was the father of her child. Upon hearing the news of his brother’s demise and how he was forcefully enrolled as a sex worker to clear his brother’s debt to the brothel’s owner, Mam Rebecca (Linda Sebezo), Khaya Sokhulu was overwhelmed by emotions, which made him get drunk.
Nolitha then saw an opportunity to seduce him and later fell pregnant for him. Though she affirmed to have aborted the pregnancy before moving back home to Eastern Cape, she returned to the Sokhulu family with a baby bump, citing Khaya as her baby daddy. The turn of events caused a rift between Khaya and the love of his life, Nandi, but they later patched things up.
The Role Fetched Her Many Award Nominations
In the final episodes of The Black Door, Nandi ends up marrying her boyfriend, Khaya Sokhulu, but he doesn’t marry only her. On the same day, Khaya tied the knot with both Nandi and Nolitha. Following Nandi and Khaya’s on-screen chemistry, the two were nominated for Royalty Soapie Award for Outstanding Couple.
Also, Sibonginkosi Tenza got the nods for the Outstanding Newcomer Award and the Viewers’ Choice Best Actress Award. Her outstanding performance in the raunchy soapie was hugely recognized at the award show. Although she never dreamt of becoming an actress, she now not only loves what she is doing but glows in the assurance that she was born for acting.
Interestingly, following the end of The Black Door after the first season, Sibonginkosi Tenza has continued to portray Nandi Sokhulu in the spin-off of the soapie titled Isitha – The Enemy, which premiered in May 2023. She stars in the drama series along with Zamani Mbatha, Dawn Thandeka King, Thobani Nzuza, and Velephi Khumalo. Nandi from The Black Door is also starring as Lebo in the Amazon Prime Video series, Proof of Payment.
Sibonginkosi Tenza’s Filmography
- The Black Door as Nandi Sokhulu (2022-2023)
- Proof of Payment as Lebo (2023)
- Isitha – The Enemy as Nandi Sokhulu (2023-present)
Who Is Nandi from The Black Door Dating?
It’s uncertain if Sibonginkosi Tenza, best known as Nandi from The Black Door, is currently in a romantic relationship. Having not disclosed any details about her love life, the budding actress is believed to be single. She seems to be quite focused on growing her career in the film industry.