Nadia Nakai Dlamini (born May 18, 1990; Age: 33) is a South African rapper, songwriter, and TV personality well known for her 2016 EP ‘Bragga’. Although she was partly raised in South Africa, she has roots in Zimbabwe.
Due to the mixed nationality of Nadia’s parents, she was raised in different countries as her father is a South African and her mother is Zimbabwean. The rapper started doing music at the age of 16 but started her professional career at the age of 21. Since then, the award-winning rapper has worked with renowned artists like Cassper Nyovest and Ice Prince.
What is Nadia Nakai’s Age Now?
Born on the 18th of May, 1990, Nadia Nakai Dlamini is 33 years old. She was born in South Africa, however, her both parents hail from different countries in Africa.
Nadia started her high school in Johannesburg, South Africa which she only attended for a year before she left South Africa. She would, however, finally complete her high school in Kenya. Back in South Africa, the rapper bagged a degree in Marketing, Communication, and Media Studies from Monash University in Johannesburg.
Where is Nadia Nakai From?
Nadia Nakai is African but has a mixed race. Her mother is a Zimbabwean, and her father is a South African, so we can say that she is both from South Africa and Zimbabwe. At the age of sixteen, her mother changed her surname from her father’s name – Dlamini – to her own father’s name.
Nadia claims Zimbabwean nationality and ethnicity easily since her surname is Zimbabwean. To date, her parents are separated. Unfortunately, we do not have details about what made them go their separate ways.
Nadia Nakai Parents
Nadia Nakai has been very secretive with information regarding her parents. However, we know that her parents don’t share the same nationality. Her mother is Zimbabwean and is simply known as Mrs. Kandava Nakai, while her father is South African. Apart from the fact that his name is said to be Dlamini, no other detail is known about him.
Reports show that Nadia spent little or no time with her father even growing up, as she seems not to speak about him. However, the rapper never ceases to make reference to her mother and the impact she had on her. Nadia has also mentioned the high taste her mother had for music as she was a huge fan of the likes of Erykah Badu, Sade, and Seal, among others
This leads us to believe that she must have equally picked up her love for music from her mother. Nadia Nakai was raised and groomed by her single mother, who practically thought her everything. It would seem that she was not raised alone, as she once mentioned a baby brother named Naish. Besides him, she has not revealed any detail about any other family members.
Nakai Nadia Released Her First Song At The Age of 18
Nadia Nakai is a hip-hop artist, rapper, and songwriter, who has gained popularity from her singles, albums, and extended plays. She showed a strong drive and love for music from her teenage years, and when she was only eighteen years old, she recorded and released her first studio song. However, she officially went into music in 2011 at the age of 21.
In 2013, Nadia made her official debut on television after she won the mixtape 101 competition held on the e.tv hip hop show Shiz Niz. She broke a record with that win as she became the first female to emerge as the winner of the competition.
Her rise to prominence began in 2013 after she dropped her debut single titled “Like Me.” Keeping at what she does best, in 2014, she was featured in the remix of Ricky Rick’s song, Amantombazane.
She Has Worked With Several International Artists
Since Nadia Nakai became famous in 2013, she has continued to endear herself to the heart of South Africans with her cool songs. She dropped her third single Saka Wena in 2015, which featured Nigerian rapper Ice Prince.
Nakai Nadia pre-released a single from her EP, which featured Cassper Nyovest in 2016, which she titled “The Man.” The full EP titled ‘Bragga’ was finally released on the 15th of September 2016.
In November 2017, Nakai once again featured Cassper Nyovest in another single titled Naaa Meaan. This single recorded so much success as it went on to top several charts on South African radio stations. Having gained ground in the South African music industry, Nadia revealed in May 2019 that she would be releasing her debut album titled “Nadai Naked” on the 28th of June 2019.
Nadia Nakai is an Award Winning Artiste
Here is a list of the awards Nadia Nakia has bagged in her time in the industry.
- Music Artist of the Year at Zimbabwe Achievers Awards – 2016
- Best Female at South African Music Awards – 2019
- Best Female Artiste in Southern Africa at All Africa Music Awards – 2019
- Best video at South African Hip Hop Awards – 2020
- Best Artiste, Duo, or Group in African Hip Hop at All Africa Music Awards – 2020
- Most Stylish Performing Artist at SA Style Awards – 2021
Nadia Nakai is Also Big on Brand Endorsements
The beautiful South African rapper has over 2 million followers on Instagram, which makes her a big fish for brand endorsements. She has cashed in on that and has amassed a huge amount of wealth from her endorsement deals
She signed deals with the sportswear company, Rebook in 2019. She has also endorsed other brands like Russian Bear South Africa and Haus Wine.
Nakai Nadai’s Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $1 million which brings her to the level of the likes of South African greats such as Casper Nyovest, Stefflon Don, Gemini Major, and lots more.
Nakai started chasing her music career when she was at the age of twenty-one, sometime in 2011. The harder she worked and the more effort she put into her career, the higher she rose through the ranks.
Looking at how far Nadia Nakai’s music career has come, one can say, “so far so good,” as she has made tremendous progress and waves in the music industry and has gone past several landmarks.
Aside from doing music, Nadia is also into television presentations. She was the presenter for Gen-Z on Channel O. She also appeared in Young, Famous & African, a Netflix original.