Nimrod Nkosi is a 51 year-old TV presenter, actor, MC, and businessman born on March 22nd, 1972, and known as the host of Lotto Game Show and Utatakho. He is married to Charlene Nkosi.
With his career spanning over three decades, Nimrod Nkosi has left an indelible mark in the entertainment industry. He has made his presence felt by working as the host of popular shows such as Jam Alley, Utatakho, Lotto Game Show, and AmaBishop. Also, he has been featured in many TV series, including The Queen, The Wild, and Scandal. Amazingly, his super talent has landed him two Avanti Awards for Best Presenter.
How Old Is Nimrod Nkosi?
Nimrod Nkosi is 51 years old; he was born on March 22nd, 1972, with Aries as his Zodiac sign. In his early 20s, Nkosi began his career, and at 51, he has made a name for himself as a TV presenter, actor, and emcee.
Nimrod Nkosi’s Place of Birth
Nimrod Nkosi was born in the City of Johannesburg. He was raised by his parents in the most populous city in South Africa. He is fluent in most languages spoken in Johannesburg, such as isiZulu, Venda, Xhosa, sisSwati, Sesotho, and English. Interestingly, the former Jam Alley host presently resides in the City of Gold.
Nimrod Nkosi’s Family
In May 2017, following the death of then-22-year-old Karabo Mokoena, who was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend, Nimrod opened up about the abuse his mother suffered at the hands of his father. He stated that his parents got married in 1974, and while the union lasted, he watched his mom get physically and psychologically abused by his father.
Eventually, they divorced in 1996, and even when the divorce proceeding was ongoing, his father continued to verbally abuse his mother and himself. At some point, seeing his mom getting slapped now and then, Nimrod Nkosi felt like attacking his father as he would be so angry. Though he was close to beating him up, he couldn’t, having known that his mom didn’t raise that kind of a man.
He disclosed about growing up with an abusive father to address the issue of gender-based violence. As the former Isibaya actor has not yet talked about his siblings, it’s uncertain if he has any.
Nimrod Nkosi’s Education
For his high school education, Nimrod Nkosi attended Centurion Academy. In 1989, he entered the FUBA Academy for Dramatic Arts. There, he studied Acting, Directing, Film, and TV Production and graduated in 1992 with a Diploma in Arts. It was his drama lecturer at the Federated Union of Black Arts (FUBA) who advised him to go for an audition for a presenter role on Jam Alley, for which he remains grateful.
Nimrod Nkosi Became a TV Presenter at the Age of 20
In September 1992, at the age of 20, Nkosi worked for Red Pepper Pictures (Pty) Ltd as a TV presenter. After turning down countless auditions, he was encouraged to audition for a presenter role on Jam Alley, which he got. He was privileged to work together with the late legendary TV presenter Vinolia “V-Mash” Mashego. The two co-hosted the youth variety show Jam Alley for some years before she left the show.
Nimrod was nicknamed ‘The Sheriff’ on the variety show, and after eight years stint, he left Jam Alley to begin to present the Lotto Show on e.tv. However, he won two Avanti Awards for Best Presenter for his presenting role on Jam Alley. He then moved on to host the late-night Saturday talk show titled Your Late Mate on Soweto TV. In January 2013, he debuted as the host of John 14 – a Gospel-themed show aired on Mzansi Magic Music.
As part of the show, Nimrod Nkosi visited the viewers’ houses, and they gave testaments of their faith and also cooked for him. He later replaced Zola 7 as the presenter of the Mzansi Magic docu-reality series, Utatakho, in 2015. He journeyed with men and women featured on the show on their path to discover their biological fathers. Also, he devised ways to help them deal with the joy and pain of unraveling their genetic background.
He hosted the show till 2020, when the eighth and final season premiered. Furthermore, Nimrod was associated with Moja Love as the host of AmaBishop, a reality TV show that exposed the controversial things that happened in churches. He was also announced as the new host of Breaking New Ground on SABC2 in October 2020.
Nimrod’s Most Prominent Role is as The Host of Lotto Game Show
For hosting the Lotto Game Show for several years, Nkosi endeared himself to the South African lotto-playing community and is widely known as “The Lotto Man.” According to his LinkedIn profile, he became a senior presenter for S.A Lottery in March 2000 and then co-hosted the Lotto game show Raise Your Game with former Miss South Africa Vanessa Carreira in the year 2007.
The two presenters moved to hosting the Live Lotto Draw on SABC2 two years later. Meanwhile, in 2003, Nimrod Nkosi disclosed how fame as ‘The Lotto Man’ brought him misery in public. He claimed that he was constantly harassed for tips on how to strike it rich in the draw show. He also stopped guessing lotto numbers for people so that the public wouldn’t think that the machines were manipulated if someone won.
He was grateful to God that he was not harmed or killed by someone for Lotto multi-purposes. Interestingly, for his brilliance on the SA Lottery show, the 51-year-old was also nicknamed “The Ultimate Game Master.”
Nimrod Nkosi Has Played Many Acting Roles
With the desire to follow in the footsteps of Mbongeni Ngema and John Kani, Nimrod Nkosi kickstarted his acting career in his early 20s. He was cast in leading roles in plays such as Sons And Daughters, We Shall Sing For The Fatherland, and The Moment held at the Windybrow Theatre.
In 1994, Nimrod landed a role in the TV series U Bambo Lwami and was also featured in the Afrikaans rugby drama series Pale Tole. He subsequently starred in The Last Hope, Soul City, and Hijack Stories. The talented actor played the role of Hector in the first season of the e.tv series Scandal. He further had the recurring role of Norman Sebeka in The Wild.
In 2018, he portrayed the character of Pastor Zakes in the TV series Hope and also played Mr. Dlamini in The Queen. Two years later, he replaced Mangaliso Ngema as Caesar Mokwena in the SABC1 drama series Family Secrets. Also, he joined the cast of Umakoti Wethu as Mzwakhe in 2021. Nimrod Nkosi went on to increase his height of fame with his portrayal of Papa M on The Estate.
He debuted as a shady pastor on the show in January 2022 and said that his role as the presenter of Moja Love’s AmaBishop helped him play the role with precision. He believed he got the role for a reason after many failed auditions, and getting exposed to the dark side of the church was indeed helpful. Isipho, Isibaya, Kings of Jo’burg, Housekeepers, Good Men, and Grown Women are other productions Nimrod Nkosi has featured in.
Nimrod Nkosi’s MC Gigs
A man with many creative hats, Nimrod Nkosi has served as the MC for numerous corporate and private events in the country. Being funny and multi-lingual has made him one of the most sought-after event facilitators. In the past years, the Johannesburg-born has hosted high-class events such as:
- Shoprite Checkers End of the Year Best Performers Awards
- Edcon Awards
- Standard Bank Corporate Presentations
- Mondi Awards
- ABSA End of the Year Awards
- Miss Kaizer Chiefs
- MC 300th branch launch Capitec Bank
- SAB Brand Conference
- Miss City Press
- Golden Scissors Awards
- MC Lexus Dealer Awards
- Massmart, ACSA, and Engen functions
- Telkom Seychelles Year-end function
- CSIR Awards
Furthermore, Nkosi has been associated with organizations such as The Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism, Murray & Roberts, Wesbank, Coca-Cola, Castle Milk Stout, Top 100 companies, Ford South Africa, Samsung, and Nestle South Africa.
Nimrod Nkosi’s Net Worth
Nimrod Nkosi is reportedly worth $350,000. He has established himself in a plethora of careers from which he has built his fortune. In the past years, he has facilitated several high-end events for top brands and organizations. In 2022 and 2023, he was the emcee for Castle Milk Stout’s celebration of Ancestor’s Day in collaboration with the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (CONTRALESA).
The 51-year-old also has had roles in popular SA soapies and has worked for many TV stations as a presenter. He, additionally, has been earning well from his side business. In 2022, the actor started selling Longrich sanitary pads and does presentations for women’s groups where he sells the pads. He decided to have more income streams after the COVID-19 pandemic caught entertainers off guard, leaving them in financial difficulties.
Additionally, Nimrod Nkosi established a self-named foundation and hopes to mentor young people through the organization. He also plans to help black people in rural areas with whatever he gets from sponsorship with other brands.
Who Is Nimrod Nkosi’s Wife?
On May 19th, 2012, Nimrod Nkosi married the love of his life, Charlene Nkosi. The TV personality is known not to be lucky in relationships with women and so decided not to engage in any relationship until God gives him someone meant for him. He got married at the age of 40 after suffering setbacks and betrayals in his love life.
Thankfully, he found love again in the arms of Charlene, and the two, who lead a quiet life, have been married for over a decade.
Nimrod Nkosi Had His Son, Jordan, at the Age of 41
Nimrod Nkosi welcomed his son, Jordan Nkosi, in 2013 when he was 41 years old. He refers to his son as the love of his life, and every day, he tries to be the best he can to his child. His birth gave him a new sense of purpose, and the happy father has scheduled his time to accommodate his fatherly duties and can never be too busy to be a dad.
He is obviously working hard to leave a legacy for Jordan. Family has always been important to Nimrod Nkosi, and that’s why he is mindful of how his actions in public would affect his wife and son.
Nimrod Nkosi’s Triplets
Nkosi’s hope of being a father to triplets—all boys was shattered in March 2003 when his then-fiancée, Alice Myeza, was due to give birth to their sons, and he found out it was all a lie. He met Alice, a casino public relations officer, in February 2002, and they had an instant connection and began dating immediately. Shortly after, she moved into his upmarket Winchester Hills townhouse in a suburb of southern Johannesburg.
In July 2002, Alice informed the former Road2Riches presenter that she was pregnant with triplets, and he was very ecstatic. He moved on to spend almost R20,000 on baby clothing and accessories and also announced the pregnancy in the media. Though he could sense that something wasn’t right with the pregnancy, he couldn’t put his finger on it. To quash his suspicion, his fiancée showed him the scans and even doctors’ notes, reassuring him that they were expecting triplets.
Nimrod Nkosi shook off his fears each time he looked at Alice’s swelling belly. Eventually, two weeks to the due date, he insisted on following his lady to a check-up. So, after much pressing, he accompanied her to see her gynecologist at Brenthurst Clinic. After Alice Myeza had a check-up, he entered the doctor’s room and found the doctor puzzled. He told him that some things weren’t clear and he wanted to do more tests; hence, they should come back the next day.
Alice was nowhere to be found the following day, and thus, Nimrod Nkosi went alone. The doctor sat him down and then broke the news to him that his fiancée was not pregnant but rather had a phantom pregnancy. The rare condition makes a woman have an imaginary pregnancy. Nimrod Nkosi would never forget that day in his life, and the turn of events left him battling with depression for some time.