Fikile Mthwalo is the wife of Atandwa Kani, a famous South African actor. Born on April 13th, 1989, Fikile is a 34 year-old actress, scriptwriter, and entrepreneur widely known for her roles as Zak in Isidingo and Ipeleng in It’s Complicated.
Fikile’s breakout role was with Isindingo in 2014 after honing her acting skills at the University of Cape Town. She has since upgraded her profile with roles in It’s Complicated (2015-2016), Gold Diggers (2015), and About Fate (2022). She also has made appearances in several TV commercials. In 2020, Atandwa Kani’s better half established a biodegradable glove company called, Glubbs.
How Old is Fikile Mthwalo?
Fikile Mthwalo is 34 years old. She was born in Maseru, Lesotho on April 13th, 1989. The actress also grew up in Lesotho’s capital city of Maseru. She is of mixed heritage as her father is from Lesotho while her mother hails from Kenya and Tanzania.
Interestingly, Atandwa Kani‘s wife has recorded great career milestones at a young age. In addition to her numerous acting credits, she featured in the American romantic comedy film, About Fate in 2022, when she was 33 years old.
When Did Fikile Mthwalo Become Atandwa Kani’s Wife?
Fikile Mthwalo and Atandwa Kani tied the knot in a private wedding on December 24th, 2015. The cute couple first met in 2013 at The Market Theatre and later on, fate brought them together again in 2015. After hooking up on the set of It’s Complicated in June 2015, Fikile and Atandwa got engaged the following month.
They later sealed their love with a nuptial bond on Christmas Eve of the same year. Though they jumped the traditional process to get married, the couple later had their lobola ceremony in 2016. They seemed to be head over heels in love with each other at the time, as the self-proclaimed ‘Prince of the Theatre’ got himself a customized wedding band with Fikile’s fingerprint and her name, “Fikile M K” engraved inside it.
Also, he inked the name of his sweetheart on his back in late 2016. The two publicly showed off affection on social media, serving relationship goals. However, their marriage wasn’t controversy-free as Fikile was dubbed a home wrecker by some people who believed she was responsible for Atandwa’s split from his estranged wife, Thembisa Mdoda. She, however, explained that she’s her husband’s first wife and Home Affairs would back up her claims.
Even though Fikile Mthwalo and Atandwa Kani planned on starting a family shortly after their wedding, they are yet to welcome a child together.
Are Fikile Mthwalo and Atandwa Kani Divorced?
In September 2019, Daily Sun reported that Fikile Mthwalo and her husband, Atandwa Kani were heading for a divorce. It was alleged that they had been having marital issues which eventually led to their separation. The relationship between the couple reportedly got strained due to their busy schedules.
According to the report, Mthwalo and Kani unfollowed each other on social media and haven’t posted about themselves since February 2019. Nonetheless, their split was said to be amicable and they have remained friends. When the duo were contacted for a comment, they declined the request. Hence, it’s still uncertain whether they are still married or divorced.
Who Is Fikile Mthwalo’s Husband, Atandwa Kani?
Atandwa Kani is the son of legendary South African actor, John Kani and Mandi Kani. He was born in Port Elizabeth on June 6th, 1984, and is currently 39 years old. He followed in his father’s footsteps while studying at the University of Witwatersrand, participating in school productions. Presently, he has become well-known for his roles in Life Is Wild, The Tempest, and Black Panther.
In 2012, Kani entered his first marriage with popular media personality Thembisa Mdoda, and had a messy divorce in 2015. Although the actor was said to be the father of Thembisa’s twin boys, a paternity test proved otherwise.
Fikile Mthwalo’s Education Includes Studying at NYU
Growing up in Maseru, Fikile Mthwalo attended Machabeng International College from 2001 to 2005. She eventually moved to Bloemfontein, South Africa, and furthered her secondary school education at St. Michael’s School for Girls, completing her Matric in 2007. Two years later, she enrolled at the University of Cape Town.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Video Production in the year 2012. Still aiming for higher educational qualifications, Fikile moved to New York City in the United States in 2015 for a Graduate Acting program. She earned a full scholarship to attend New York University’s Tish School of Arts and graduated with a Master’s degree in 2018.
She is Famous For Her Role in It’s Complicated
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After completing her studies at the University of Cape Town, Fikile Mthwalo joined Gambit Films as a production coordinator in 2012. She also worked as an intern at Homebrew Films in that same year. Meanwhile, in 2010, she tried her hands at TV presenting and emerged as one of the Top 24 finalists along with Khanyi Mbau in an O-Access Presenter Search on Channel O.
Eventually, her acting career took off in 2014 when she landed the role of Ntombizakhe “Zak” Khumalo in the SABC3 soapie, Isidingo. She made her debut on July 24th, 2014, and played the role of Rajesh Kumar’s efficient PA for 29 episodes. In the next year, Fikile Mthwalo became more famous in Mzansi, thanks to her role as Ipeleng in the Mzansi Magic drama series, It’s Complicated.
She had her first leading role in the TV series and portrayed the character of a perfectionist questioning her seven-year-long relationship for two seasons. The 34-year-old actress continued to make herself relevant in the film industry by sensationally playing Hlengiwe Gumede in the e.tv drama series, Gold Diggers.
Subsequently, she scored roles in Illuminations (2018), Nowhere (2019), About Fate (2022), and The Good Fight (2022). A talented scriptwriter, Fikile Mthwalo wrote Tech Bae (2018), a digital series about women of color in tech, and featured as Ayanda in the series. In the past years, she has had roles in TV commercials for brands like Omo, Shoprite, Nivea UK, Ponds, PEP, Hi-Malt Nigeria, Etisalat Nigeria, and Metropolitan.
Fikile Mthwalo’s Movies and TV Shows
- Illuminations (2018) as Asana
- Nowhere (2019) as Kate
- About Fate (2022) as Dana
- Isidingo (2014) as Ntombizakhe “Zak” Khumalo
- Gold Diggers (2015) as Hlengiwe Gumede
- It’s Complicated (2015-2016) as Ipeleng
- Tech Bae (2018) as Ayanda
- The Good Fight (2022) as Chemical Agent Instructor
Fikile Mthwalo is The Founder of Glubbs
In April 2020, Atandwa Kani’s significant other established Glubbs – a biodegradable disposable glove company in the New York City Metropolitan Area. The company sells medical-grade examination gloves in varieties of colors and designer prints. The gloves come in convenient travel sizes, and Glubbs aim to manufacture sustainable gloves that break down 10 times faster than conventional gloves in a biologically active landfill.
As part of American Express’ Founders of Change Initiative to provide financial and educational assistance to 100 black female business owners, Fikile Mthwalo’s Glubbs received American Express grant and mentorship prize.