Zikhona Bali (born June 7, 1985) is a 37-year-old South African actress who plays Asanda in Diep City and is famous for her roles in other popular Mzansi series such Is’Thunzi, and Generations: The Legacy.
The actress’s role in Diep City is considered one of the biggest roles in her TV career. Through her stellar performance on the show, she has gained more acting opportunities and international recognition. Bali is currently one of the most sought-after actors in the entertainment industry.
What is Zikhona Bali’s Age?
Actress Zikhona Bali is currently 37 years old. She was born on June 7, 1985, in Humansdorp and was raised in Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape Province. She is of Xhosa heritage.
Bali hasn’t publicly shared details about her family background and the identities of her parents. She hasn’t mentioned them in any of her interviews, nor has she discussed their current whereabouts, occupations, and the roles they played in her life as a young girl.
It appears the actress was raised by her grandparents. She has, on several occasions, narrated how her grandparents stood by her as a young girl and how her grandmother’s prayers kept paving the way for her in her early days as an actress.
According to her, her grandparents encouraged her and ensured she didn’t feel bad or hurt herself during her school days when her peers bullied and mocked her for being dark-skinned.
They used to call her ‘nomdakazana’ (a Xhosa word that loosely translates to the dirty one) because of her darker skin, but each time she came home sad, her grandparents would tell her she was an epitome of African beauty and more.
Sadly, the actress lost her grandfather in 2017, and she admits that she is yet to come to terms with his passing to the point she almost committed suicide some years ago to see her grandfather.
Bali attended Riebeek College Girls’ High School in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape. The particular year she matriculated is not known to the public. However, she furthered her education at Boston Media House, where she spent two years studying Media Studies and Journalism. She graduated with a Diploma from the institution in the year 2010.
The Actress Started On Mzansi Magic’s Kasi Bioskop Movies
Before her emergence in the entertainment world, Bali did a couple of jobs. She worked as a writer, photographer, and marketing and PR assistant. The Eastern Cape actress began her career in the outdoor movie theater, Kasi Bisokop.
After featuring in their movies, she discovered she was born for the screen and had to take acting classes to hone her talent. Zikhona debuted on TV in July 2014 after winning the role of Ziyanda in the SABC drama thriller Mfolozi Street. She went ahead in 2016 to reprise the role in the show’s second season, after which she began making more appearances on the screen.
The SABC2 sitcom Gauteng Maboneng, Zabalaza (2015), Binnelanders, Rhythm City, Generations, and Ambitions. She played the lead role in one episode of the e.tv drama eKasi: Our Stories entitled Thula Thula. The episode first aired on Monday, January 11, 2016. The actress also guest-starred in the fourth season of the e.tv drama series Umlilo in 2016.
In October of the same year, he bagged a starring role on the Mzansi Magic teen drama series Is’thunzi. Bali joined other casts on Diep City in 2021 as Asanda, the dutiful and loving partner of preacher Charleston (played by Chrispen Nyathi). The Mzansi Magic telenovela DiepCity documents the lives of four young women as they try and struggle to make ends meet.
The actress portrayed her character in the telenovela very well. From her mode of dressing and the way she relates with everyone around her, it is difficult not to love Bali and the character she plays.
She shared the screen alongside veteran actors such as Dawn Thandeka King and Hamilton Dlamini. She hasn’t left the show as she is expected to feature in the final episode of the tv series.
She Is Also An Internationally Recognized Actress
Zikhona Bali is currently one of the most sought-after actresses in the industry. She has proved to be an asset, having made it to international shooting sets and winning prestigious awards in recent times.
Her role in the movie Thando earned her an award as the Best Actress at the BRICS film festival China. Thando explores the increasingly prevalent issues of teenage pregnancy, suicide rates, bullying at schools, cyberbullying, and colorism. Another short film Bali also featured in – When The Sun Sets – won the HBO Short Film Award.
A list of Zikhona Bali’s TV shows
- Diep City
- When The Sun Sets
- Rhythm City Is’thunzi
- Ambitions – Season 1
- Gauteng Maboneng
- eKasi: Our Stories – Season 6
- Binnelanders – Season 14
- Generations – Season 1
- Isikizi – Season 2
- Mfolozi Street
Zikhona Bali Is The Queen Of Privacy
It amazes her fans how Bali has managed to keep her private life away from the public and media. She may have been involved with men on the screen, but in real life, she lives a quiet lifestyle.
The Diep City star is not known to be in a romantic relationship with any man. She has neither introduced nor mentioned any man as her boyfriend. And no man has been linked to her both in the past and presently.
It could be that she is seeing someone secretly, searching, or probably focused on her fast-rising carer. The dark-skinned actress is of average height and has a decent weight that is suitable for her body type. However, the exact measurement figures for her height, weight, and other body measurements are not available for public scrutiny.
She is most active on Instagram (zikhona_bali), where she has about 120,000 followers. She is being followed by over 4,00 people on her Twitter page (@Zikhona_Bali), while she is yet to amass followers on Facebook. Her account (Zikhona Bali) has over 53 followers.