Samkelo Ndlovu (born December 31st, 1989) is a 33-year-old South African actress and musician best known for her appearance in popular TV series such as Rhythm City, Zone 14, Generations, and Skeem Saam. Samkelo is currently single but has a baby daddy.
While in college, she kicked off her professional career and made her film debut in the 2011 soccer comedy movie Taka Takata. Since then, she has gained over 10 acting credits and also put her musical career to a start with the release of a single titled ‘Samú’ in December 2020.
Samkelo Ndlovu’s Biography Summary
- Full name: Samkelo Ndlovu
- Nickname: Samú
- Gender: Female
- Date of birth: December 31st, 1989
- Samkelo Ndlovu’s Age: 33 years old
- Ethnicity: Xhosa
- Nationality: South African
- Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
- Sexual Orientation: Straight
- Religion: Christian
- Marital Status: Single
- Samkelo Ndlovu’s Baby Daddy: Sello Nhlapho
- Samkelo Ndlovu’s Children: 1 daughter; Zhuri Ngilosi
- Samkelo Ndlovu’s Net worth: $800,000+
- Famous for: Rhythm City, Zone 14, and Soul City
- Samkelo Ndlovu’s Instagram: @samkelondlovu
- Twitter: @SamkeloNdlovu
- Facebook: @Samkelo Ndlovu
What Is Samkelo Ndlovu’s Age and Where Was She Born?
Samkelo Ndlovu is 33 years old. She was born on December 31st, 1989, in Alexandra Township, commonly called Gomora, by the local residents. She also spent her childhood years in the township, which forms part of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality. She has two sisters whose identities are yet unknown, likewise her parents.
The actress is from the Xhosa tribe and is multilingual, speaking Xhosa, Tswana, Zulu, Sotho, and English. Though still in her 30s, Samkelo has made tremendous achievements in her career and is a SAFTA Golden Horn Award nominee.
She Honed Her Acting Skills at AFDA
Samkelo Ndlovu completed her primary school education at Fairways Primary School. She then enrolled at Sandringham High School, and she completed her high school education in 2007. Soon after, she attended AFDA, the School for the Creative Economy. While there, she whetted her skills and landed several acting gigs.
Samkelo Ndlovu Leaped Into Acting in Her Early 20s
A month after her graduation from AFDA, the talented thespian landed her first major role as Lerato in the movie Taka Takata in 2011 when she was in her early 20s. She starred alongside Trevor Noah, Anele Mdoda, and Kagiso Lediga in the soccer comedy movie.
Meanwhile, in 2010, she had the role of Sonia in the third season of Zone 14 and further reprised the role in the fourth season. Later in 2011, she featured in Soul City as Nkosazana and Skyf – The Movie as Esther. She then scored the role of Lira Khumalo in Inkaba from 2012 to 2013.
She Had Her Breakthrough Role at The Age of 23
After landing the role of DJ Lulu in the first season of Generations, Samkelo Ndlovu’s career was shot to the next level when she debuted in the popular soapie Rhythm City in July 2013 at the age of 23.
She was cast as Lerato, Fat’s flirtatious cousin, in the series for more than five years, during which her popularity grew by leaps and bounds due to her outstanding performance in the show. Additionally, Samkelo has featured in many other TV series. They include Mzansi Love: Kasi Style, Soul City, Sokhulu & Partners, and Skeem Saam.
Highlights of Samkelo Ndlovu’s Movie and TV Show Appearances
- Zone 14 as Sonia
- Soul City as Nkosazana
- Rhythm City as Lerato
- Sohkulu & Partners as Misso
- Skeem Saam as Security Guard 3
- Intersexions as Mbali
- Inkaba as Lira Khumalo
- Mzansi Love: Kasi Style as Lebo
- Generations as DJ Lulu
- Taka Takata as Lerato
- Skyf – The Movie as Esther
Samkelo Began Her Music Career At The Age of 31
Samkelo Ndlovu has been passionate about singing since childhood. She began her musical journey by adopting a new name, Samú. She then realized her dreams on December 24th, 2020, when she released a single titled ‘Samú.’ Thus far, the Rhythm City star has dropped songs like ‘Vuma Mna’ and ‘Into Yami.’
She is currently working on an album alongside some collaborations with artists like Spikiri, Sizwe Alakine, and DJ Maphorisa. Amazingly, Samkelo’s musical endeavors have garnered praise from many celebrities, including Zenande Mfenyana, Nomsa Buthelezi-Shezi, and Phila Madlingozi.
List of Samkelo Ndlovu’s Songs
- Vuma Mna
- Into Yami
Is Samú Married?
At the moment, Samkelo Ndlovu is reportedly single and focused on being a good mother to her daughter and having a successful career in entertainment. Samú is a doting mother. She gave birth to a baby girl christened Zhuri Ngilosi on February 16th, 2018. Soon after, she got separated from her baby daddy. The two now have a cordial relationship and are co-parenting very well.
Who Is Samkelo Ndlovu’s Baby Daddy?
After keeping the identity of her baby daddy secret for some time, Daily Sun revealed in December 2017 that Samkelo Ndlovu’s baby daddy is Sello Nhlapo. Sello works as a model and is represented by Boss Models in Johannesburg. Throughout his career, he has appeared in wedding editorials for Nubian Bride Magazine and featured in commercials for Body Tec and Tokyo James.