Nefisa Mkhabela (born on February 14th, 2002; Age: 20 years old) is a South African actress best known for her role of Onalerona “Ona” Molapo in House of Zwide, the e.tv hit series.
The rising star made her acting debut with the 1Magic drama series, Unmarried in the year 2017, scoring a recurring role. She then landed a leading role in the TV movie Ispaza Sasekhaya in 2021. In that same year, Nefisa Mkhabela had her breakthrough role as Ona in House of Zwide, and now, her net worth is estimated at over $100,000 (over R1.5 million).
How Old is Ona from House of Zwide?
Nefisa Mkhabela (Ona from House of Zwide) was born on February 14th, 2002, and is presently 20 years old. Her birthplace is Soweto, a township in the municipality of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Contrary to her age quoted in many media outlets, the fast-rising South African actress revealed in the Instagram post shared while celebrating her birthday on February 14th, 2022, that she had just turned 20. Obviously, she still has a bright career ahead of her.
Who Is Nefisa Mkhabela’s Father?
Nefisa Mkhabela was raised by her parents in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs known as Randburg. Even though she disclosed that her father was initially against her career choice, she never disclosed his identity and what he does for a living. Nefisa’s father wanted her to become a lawyer.
As a result, she enrolled at the University of Johannesburg and studied Law for a while before dropping out in her first year to pursue her dream career. Against her father’s wish, she abandoned her studies after auditioning for the role of Onalerona in House of Zwide. Though Nefisa’s decision brought disagreement between her and her dad, they later reconciled. Her father now supports her in her acting career pursuit.
Nefisa Mkhabela’s Siblings
Ona from House of Zwide is a private person. Thus, she doesn’t post about her family and personal life on social media. Consequently, there’s little to no information regarding her siblings in the media. However, some reports have it that she is the niece of Kedebone Mkhabela – a famed South African TV personality, actress, fashion designer, and singer.
Kedebone was born on April 13th, 1980, and is best known for working as the co-host of the SABC1 youth talk show, Mzansi Insider. As an actress, she featured in Muvahango as Katlego Lecheko and Yizo Yizo as an interviewee.
Nefisa Mkhabela completed her basic education at Greenside High School located in Randburg, Gauteng. She was a bright student who performed excellently in her studies, especially cultural studies. Hence, she graduated from high school with a Traditional Dance Certificate. The actress also attended the University of Johannesburg, where she briefly studied Law.
What Is Nefisa Mkhabela’s Net Worth?
TV: House Of Zwide is a hit
With 4.4-million viewers peak on Thursday 23rd, the new etv show was the second most watched program on the channel behind Scandal in September.
The show even beat SABC’s Muvhango’s 3,6-million September peak
— Kgopolo (@PhilMphela) October 19, 2021
Nefisa Mkhabela’s net worth is estimated at over $100,000 (over R1.5 million). She has built her fortune in the last few years through her acting career. She had her first acting role in the 1Magic drama series, Unmarried as Mbali in 2017 opposite Keke Mphuti and Thembisa Mdoda.
She then reprised her role in the second season, which aired in 2020. In the following year, the Soweto-born scored the main role in the TV movie Ispaza Sasekhaya. She further landed another main role in House of Zwide in July 2021.
House of Zwide Shot The Actress to Fame
On July 19th, 2021, House of Zwide debuted on e.tv as the replacement for the TV channel’s long-running series, Rhythm City. Nefisa Mkhabela landed a leading role in the drama series and has emerged as a fan favorite, thanks to her unique acting abilities. She plays the role of Onalerona Molapo, an ambitious young lady who aspires to become the best in the fashion industry and navigates the fashion world alongside her BFF, Bathong Shoki (Shalate Sekhabi).
— Nefisa Tarisca Mkhabela (@nefisatarisca_) June 6, 2022
After landing an internship at the famous House of Zwide, she discovers the deep secrets of her past. Not only did she discover that she is the daughter of the fashion icon, Funani Zwide (Vusi Kunene), who owns House of Zwide, but that the man who raised her as a daughter was the assassin who murdered her biological mother and stole her as a baby.
Nefisa’s performance on the show has been outstanding thus far, and she is set to reprise her role in the second season. House of Zwide was renewed for another season in early July 2022. The show is fast dominating Mzansi and sits as the second most-watched TV series on e.tv with monthly views of over 4 million. In June 2022, the show reached an all-time peak of 4.8 million viewers.
What Is Nefisa Mkhabela’s Salary?
Having landed a leading role as Ona in the e.tv original production, House of Zwide, Nefisa Mkhabela is said to be earning between R35,000 and R45,000 per month on the show. On the other hand, veteran actor Vusi Kunene is reportedly being paid a monthly salary estimated between R150,000 and R200,000 for his role as Funani Zwide in the e.tv drama series. The actors’ salaries, however, are determined by their roles, length of service, show ratings, and even craft proficiency.
Who Is Ona From House of Zwide Dating?
— Nefisa Tarisca Mkhabela (@nefisatarisca_) September 14, 2021
For a while now, Ona’s fans have been curious to know who the lucky guy in her life is. Well, the 20-year-old actress has remained tight-lipped and keeps her love life away from the prying eyes of the media.
She mostly shares pictures of herself and female friends on her social media handles. As a result, Nefisa Mkhabela is said to be single. She has never been romantically connected to any guy since she became well-known in the acting scene.
Social Media Handles
Since taking to the center stage as one of the main cast members of House of Zwide, Nefisa Mkhabela’s fan base has grown rapidly. On Instagram, her account (@nefisatarisca_) has attracted more than 215K followers. She has made over 73 posts on her handle, which are mainly pictures and videos of herself hanging out with her co-stars in House of Zwide. She also posts behind-the-scenes videos of the e.tv hit series.
Officially on twitter! ☺️🍾
This is my only account so please follow me here and if you want to check me on Instagram my handle is also @nefisatarisca_ ❤️❤️❤️
Make sure to watch House of Zwide on etv every Monday to Friday at 7pm! #houseofzwide pic.twitter.com/rhpcMrB2JY
— Nefisa Tarisca Mkhabela (@nefisatarisca_) July 29, 2021
Although the up-and-coming actress seems not to be very much active on Instagram, where she has fewer posts, she is much more active on the bird app. She joined Twitter in July 2021, and her Twitter handle (@nefisatarisca_) now has more than 1,198 tweets.
She also has over 8K followers on the social media platform. Then on Facebook, the House of Zwide star is inactive as she doesn’t have a Facebook account. She has pleaded with her fans over time to report fake accounts bearing her name as there exist multiple accounts on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook opened with her name.