Nozipho Nkelemba is a South African actress, scriptwriter, brand endorser, director, and casting director. She is easily recognized for her on-screen roles in several local TV productions. Her most notable work is Rhythm City, wherein she portrayed the character Charlotte.
Nkelemba started her career in commercials before becoming a professional actor in the year 2004. Since then, she has starred in numerous TV series and a couple of films. She is the casting director of the popular TV series Hustle and Keeping Score, as well as the director of the TV Special, Gomora.
What is Nozipho Nkelemba’s Age and Where Was She Born?
Nozipho Nkelemba’s parents gave birth to her in the year 1991 in South Africa. She turned 30 in 2021, however, the exact day and month she was born are not known publicly. Not only that, her hometown, as well as information about her background, parents, and siblings, are currently under the radar.
It is difficult to tell the kind of family the actress was raised in and what exactly her childhood looked like. She has literarily kept her fans in the dark over the years about her young days and early beginnings.
However, like every other kid out there, it is believed that she was greatly loved and affectionately cared for by her parents and other family members. It’s not clear if her parents influenced her career in any way but we believe the support she received from her family helped in shaping the woman she is today and her journey to greatness.
She attended Wits National School of the Arts, where she majored in performance and directing. She also holds a degree in Brand Communications from the renowned AAA School of Advertising. The AAA (Association of Advertising Agencies) institution, founded in 1990, is the official and only higher education institution for the advertising industry in South Africa.
Nozipho’s academic background really played a huge role in her career pursuits. She is one of the best directors in the industry right now. Again, she is one of the go-to brand endorsers in the industry as well – all thanks to the training she received at the aforementioned institutions of learning.
The Actress Started Her Career In Television Commercials
The Rhythm City star rose to prominence through television adverts. In fact, Nozipho’s appearance in commercials for Allan Gray insurance was what skyrocketed her to immense popularity. She brilliantly played the role of “a girl on a bus” in the commercial and her performance was nothing short of stunning.
Nkelemba eventually launched her professional acting career in the year 2004. Some of her earliest documented projects are the TV series Heartlines (2006), wherein she played Ayanda Sibeko and When We Were Black (2006), wherein she portrayed the character, Mmatsietsi.
Nozipho’s natural acting talent is what makes her outstanding from other actors in the industry. She effortlessly connects with other actors on the filming set and is known for her brilliance in delivering every single role.
From being known as a talented actress, the South African TV star has grown to become a director, scriptwriter, and influencer to be reckoned with in the industry. Nkelemba, who is in her early 30s has done so well for herself, having won a couple of awards and appeared in an impressive number of local productions.
Besides her impressive profile in the entertainment industry, she also endorses brands in South Africa across her social media platforms.
A Look At Nozipho Nkelemba’s Filmography
- Heartlines (2006) as Ayanda Sibeko
- When We Were Black (2006) as Mmatsietsi
- 90 Plein Street (2011) as Nana
- Mzansi Love (2012) as Arizona / Nomsa
- Rhythm City as Charlotte
- uSkroef noSexy (2012, film) as Thando
- The Forgotten Kingdom (2013, film) as Zee
- Intersexions (2013) as Grace
- Let Heaven Wait (2013) as Palesa
- Task Force (2014) as Zandi
- In Kgantse & Kenny’s Paradise (2014) as Thando
- Ya Lla (2015) as Nala
- Dream World (2016) as Khethi
- Hustle (2016) as casting director
- Keeping Score (2016) as casting director
- Black Dots (2017, short film) as Thandi
- Emoyeni (2018) as Kitso
- Gomora (2020) as Director
Some of the brands the actress has endorsed
- Mom Box SA
- Measures Atelier
The actress has also won a couple of awards for her roles in the television industry. Here are the accolades she has won for herself since her emergence in the South African entertainment industry.
- Best Achievement in Scriptwriting in the TV Drama category at the South African Film and Television Awards. She won the award after she wrote the script of the SABC1 supernatural anthology Emoyeni, wherein she also played the role of “Kitso”
- The Best Achievement in Directing Award in Telenovela at 2021 SAFTAs. This came through the telenovela Gomora, which she directed in 2020
Nkelemba Is Happily Married With Two Kids
The Black Dots actress is happily married to Richard Lunkunku, a Congolese-born South African actor. It is not known exactly when they tied the knot, where their wedding took place and the caliber of people that graced the occasion.
The two are blessed with two children – a baby boy named Zonke. He was born in the month of March 2015. Nozipho gave birth to her second child, a baby girl, in 2020. However, her name and other information about her are not known publicly.
Mr. Lukunku is an actor best known for appearing in local productions such as:
- Happiness is a Four-Letter Word
- Night Drive
- History of America
- Ashes to Ashes
- The Mirage of Life
- The Quest
- Rhythm City
- The Siege of Jadotville
- Black Sails, and many more
Nozipho Nkelemba Has Thousands Of Followers Across Her Social Media Accounts
Nozipho has thousands of followers across social media. Being a prominent actress, she often uploads pictures of her work on her Instagram account. Again, she sometimes shares random pictures of her family, friends, quotes, the brands she promotes, and herself on Instagram.
Currently, she has more than 27,000 people following her on Instagram. The actress is more of an ‘Instagram person’ as she is more active there than she is on Facebook and Twitter.
Please protect your energy out there, with all that you are.
— Nozipho Nkelemba (@IAmNozy) June 12, 2019
Nkelemba has almost 5000 followers on Twitter. She also tweets about her jobs a lot there. She also takes time to retweet and connects with some of her fans on the platform. The actress has just about 670 followers on her Facebook page right now.