Connie Chiume (born June 05, 1952) is a 71-year-old South African actress and filmmaker famed for featuring in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Panther and other blockbuster film and TV projects.
The veteran actress is a divorcee and a mother of four grown-up children. She got married to a South African man in the year 1985 and divorced in 2004. Recently, the actress sat down with MacG on Podcast and Chill, where she revealed that her husband maltreated her during their marriage. Here’s more about her.
How Old is Connie Chiume?
Connie, whose full name is Connie Temweka Gabisile Chiume, is currently 71 years old. She was born in Welkom, South Africa, on the 5th of June 1952.
Chiume is the daughter of Wright Tadeyo Chiume and MaNdlovu. Her father, who died in 1983, originally hails from Usisya, Nkhata Bay, in Malawi, while her mother, MaNdlovu, was born in KwaZulu-Natal. She passed away in the month of March 2020 following complications of lung cancer.
Chuime has a cousin called Ephraim Mganda Chiume, who was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in the cabinet of Malawi in April 2012 (until 2014). He also served as the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources, Energy, and Environment and Justice Minister (2011-2012).
Connie Chiume was raised in Welkom. She received her elementary and high school studies in the region. Following her matriculation from an Eastern Cape-based school, she went on to register for further studies at a higher institution. She graduated in the year 1976 with a degree in teaching.
The names of the institutions the actress attended are not open to public scrutiny. She began her journey to greatness as a teacher. She, however, resigned from her teaching job after a few years to travel to Greece.
Who was Connie Chiume’s Husband?
Connie Chiume was previously married to a South African man with whom she had a baby. They tied the knot in the year 1985 and divorced in 2014. The name of her ex-husband, his background, and other important facts about his life are not known to the public.
The actress also shared on MacG Podcast and Chill that she was maltreated by her husband and that she was the one who filed for divorce and left after she couldn’t handle him. The exact number of years she and her husband spent together is unknown.
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However, even after their divorce, the actress and her ex-husband kept in touch because of their child. She mentioned losing her child during the divorce and almost went into depression as a result.
MamConnie’s ex-husband was a sound engineer who was also active in the church. The name of the actress’ child with her ex-husband, his occupation, and current whereabouts are not public knowledge.
The Black Panther Actress Has Four Kids
Besides the child he had with her ex-husband, Chiume has three other kids. She has a total of four children – two boys and two girls.
Nothando Mabuza is the actress’ recognized child. She is a talented singer and actress. She appeared on the TV series The Queen in late 2020, wherein she played Tumelo, a rape victim who triggered Vuyiswa when she was going through her sexual assault storyline.
Mabuza admitted that she had been finding it difficult to break into the industry due to the fact that she is Connie Chiume’s daughter.
Mabuza mentioned that producers tend to overcharge her because of where she comes from and that she really wants to create her own success without using her mom’s name to get by.
The birth details of all her children are not publicly known. Also, it is not known if she remarried after the divorce and if three of her other children share the same father. The actress has never opened up about her love life since she and her ex-husband divorced, which makes it difficult to tell the number of times she has tied the knot.
Apart from Mabuza, who is a singer and actress, the occupations and whereabouts of Connie’s other children are not known. Chuime is a grandmother – she has 3 grandchildren who are of school age. It is not known which of her kids gave her the children.
Connie Chiume Has Done Well for Herself as an Actress
Connie is not just a household name in the entertainment industry but also a huge inspiration to numerous other actors in the country. She began her career in the year 1977 and has starred in over 20 notable works.
She began her acting career with roles in Porgy and Bess, Ipi Ntombi, and Little Shop of Horrors. Inkom’ Edla Yodwa was the first TV series she featured in after her return to South Africa. She went on to star in the 1990 thriller, Warriors from Hell.
Connie became an international sensation in 2018 when she bagged a role as the Mining Tribe Elder in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Panther. She joined other casts in the popular local series Gomora as Mam’Sonto Molefe, after which she appeared in the film Black Is King. The celebrity actress has also won several awards in the course of her flourishing career.
In 2000, she won the award for Best Actress in a Drama Series at the South African Film and Television Awards. Her role as Stella Moloi in the SABC1 drama series Zone 14 earned her another SAFTA.
Connie’s third award came during the 3rd SAFTA, where she received the Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama. She received a Feather Award nomination in 2020.
List of Connie Chiume’s films
- Rhythm City as Mamokete Khuse
- Warriors from Hell as Marita
- The Air Up There as Mrs. Urudu
- Chikin Biznis … The Whole Story! as Thoko
- I Dreamed of Africa as Wanjiku
- In My Country as Virginia Tabata
- Fanie Fourie’s Lobola as Zinzi
- Lerato as Pastor
- Black Panther as Mining Tribe Elder
- Losing Lerato as Gogo on Bus
- Blessers as Ma-Lerato
- What Did You Dream? as Koko
- Black Is King as Herself
- Seriously Single as Dineo’s Mom
- Inkom’ Edla Yodwa as Thembi
- The Line Rosie
- A Woman of Color as Government Official
- Tierärztin Christine III: Abenteuer in Südafrika
- Mazinyo Dot Q as Ma Mavuso
- Zone 14 as Stella Moloi
- Thula’s Vine as Nothando
- Queen Sono as Nana Rakau
- Gomora as Mam’Sonto Molefe
Connie Chiume’s Net Worth
Connie Chiume’s net worth has been valued by some sources at $500,000. The actress made a huge part of her money from her acting career and related endeavors.
Being one of the most talented veteran actresses in the industry, it is assumed that she earns substantial income from appearing in movies and TV projects. Currently, there’s no other known source she makes her money.