Sthoko (Real Name: Innocent Sadiki, born on January 30, 1988; Age: 35 years old) is a well-known talented South African actress, television presenter, and media personality famous as Sthoko from Skeem Saam TV soapie.
Sthoko’s main claim to fame is her role in the popular soap drama ‘Skeem Saam,’ where she played a character of the same name. This singular role catapulted her to national stardom, and it’s only been upward from there. Since then, the name ‘Sthoko’ has stuck, and that’s what the majority of the series’ fans call her. Exactly who is the ‘Skeem Saam’ actress, and how long has she been in the industry?
Sthoko is Currently 35 Years Old
Innocent Thabang, (now Sadiki) was born on January 30, 1988, in South Africa to average South African parents. She is an Aquarius by birth sign and is of Black African ethnicity. The actress’s mother died soon after birthing Innocent and her twin sister, Millicent, and her father, on the other hand, was a jailbird who spent years in and out of prison until he was eventually murdered. This made Sthoko and her sister young orphans.
Life as a child was not exactly rosy for the actress and her sister. They were both raised by their maternal grandmother who did everything possible to see them through school. She prevented them from communicating with this unstable father, and instead encouraged Innocent and her sister to become upstanding citizens. The actress did just that and was able to go through high school, college, and post-graduate school.
According to her sister Millicent, Sthoko is the most academically accomplished person in their family – an impressive feat for a girl who grew up in a dysfunctional, impoverished family. If anything, Innocent “Sthoko” Sadiki’s story is proof that one can rise from absolutely any situation with the right amount of drive and focus. Here is the story of Innocent’s career.
Sthoko Has an Identical Twin
Identical twins are always very fascinating and this is no exception for Innocent and her sister, Millicent. Some might say that their beautiful sisterly bond, along with how identical they look, make them more appealing to the mainstream entertainment industry. While Innocent is a multitalented actress with fingers in different pies, Millicent is more of a television personality and has hosted multiple shows alongside her sister.
Both twins derive joy in teasing their fans. They constantly wear matching clothes and hairstyles deliberately, and their antics never fail to amaze the public, many of whom can’t tell them apart. But Innocent and Millicent don’t only play together, they work hard together as well. They have jointly built and established a theatre production company in Pretoria, aimed at teaching underprivileged youths the art of acting.
They have also co-hosted music concerts like the David Dee Season 1 Concert, and the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup Fan Park. On an artistic level, both sisters have gone on to write, produced, and feature in several dramas and plays among which are, ‘Cry Your Last Tear’, ‘Hu’s Hu in Jozi’, and ‘The Dream of a Queen’. Millicent is currently married to Pontsho Mashile and they have three children together—twin boys and a daughter.
Innocent is Popular Mainly For Her Role in ‘Skeem Saam’ But that isn’t Her Only Claim to Fame
The gorgeous actress has had quite an enviable career. It isn’t yet clear exactly how and when she began acting but her very first brush with ‘Skeem Saam’ was in 2011. She was set to play a character named Sthoko, a naive woman who was constantly being battered by he abusive husband named Dennis (played by Clevy Sekgala).
Innocent Sadiki has brilliantly played that character for over 6 seasons of the show, and her performance thus far has been so stellar that the character name has stuck as she is fondly called Sthoko by her fans. In the soap drama, Sthoko Seakamela was the first daughter of a woman named MaNtuli, played by Dieketseng Mnisi.
The Innocent Sadiki brand, however, does not solely revolve around SABC 1’s hit show. The actress has also been into reality television and TV presenting. From being a contestant on ‘Big Brother Mzansi’ to being a ‘One Gospel’ concert host, the 34-year-old certainly knows how to handle her business when it comes to being an entertainer.
Innocent, aka Sthoko, has also done some fashion modeling, appearing in magazines like ProShop South Africa, and Play More Golf SA. Innocent Sadiki has also featured in a couple of television advertisements for top brands like Vanish, Johnson & Johnson, DStv, The Bulls, Brothers for Life, and DStv Compact.
Below is a list of Innocent Sadiki’s Movies and TV Shows:
- Generations: The Legacy (2015) as Thina
- Big Brother Mzansi Season 4 (2015) as Herself
- “Lokshin Bioskop” Strand: Poor Sam
- The Secret (2016)
- House Warming (2016)
- iThuba Lokugcina (2016)
- Assertiveness (2016) as the Presenter
- The Real Goboza (2016) as a Guest Presenter
- Trending SA (2017) as a Guest
- Eish! Saan (2018) as a Guest
- Skeem Saam – Seasons 6, 7,8 (2017-Present) as Sthoko
- The Big Break Legacy – Season 2 as Herself
Who Is Sthoko’s Husband in Real Life?
Innocent Sadiki tied the nuptial knot in 2010 with a pastor named Phindulo Sadiki. If you think Innocent choosing to marry a pastor is a bit strange, you might not have previously known that the actress herself was a pastor and had been a dedicated Christian minister since she was 19. She and Phindulo got married after both of them realized how compatible they were, especially as they were both believers.
Their union has been blessed with two daughters named Emma Sadiki and Ntombana Mukonanyi Sadiki. The marriage of 12 years is still going strong and has been scandal-free since its beginning.
Innocent Sadiki is Very Active on Social Media
The mother of two is quite an avid user of social media. Because of the type of career she has, Innocent has to keep up with her endorsement deals and communicate with her fans. She is active on both Instagram and Twitter with the handle @innosadiki.
Both accounts are fairly active, but her Instagram takes the cake as she has amassed nearly 650 thousand followers on that platform already. She is also active on TikTok @innocentsadiki, where she makes educational videos for the Christian community.