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Nandi Madida's Biography: Personal Life, Schooling, Career, Relationship, Family, Controversy, Car, House, Net Worth

About

Nandi Madida (nee Mngoma), has built quite an empire in the entertainment industry. From being a television host to becoming a singer and brand ambassador, it's safe to say Nandi is a jack of all trades. She stepped into the acting scene in 2004. Find the full story in Nandi Madida's biography.

Personal Life

Nandi Madida was born on 20 March 1988 in Maphumulo in Kwa-Zulu Natal province. She has three siblings - Langalethu “Langa” Mngoma a doctor and influencer, Norma Mngoma, a businesswoman and widely known for being the ex-wife of former minister Malusi Gigaba and Thabo Mngoma her brother.

Nandi Madida's parents are Thamsaqna Mngoma, her father who worked as a doctor and Thandeka Mngoma, her mother who switched the classroom for the courtroom.  

Nandi Madiba mother Thandeka Mngoma | Source: Instagram

One interesting thing about Nandi Madida is that she dropped her maiden name Mngoma after she got married to her husband Zakhele Madida popularly known as Zakes Bantwini. 

She once explained on Twitter that she wants to create “one home” for her children hence dropping her name Mngoma for Madida.  

Nandi Madida's Schooling

Nandi Madida went to law school despite her desire to pursue journalism. Her change of heart was necessitated by a conversation she had with a practising journalist who told her she won’t make as much money in the field. 

Nandi graduated from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Varsity College. Before that, she was a student at Danville Park High School.

Nandi Madida's Career

Nandi Madiba | Source: Instagram

Nandi Madida has proven her versatility in the entertainment industry. She did study law but her professional pursuits have come outside the courtroom. 

She has always been a performer. At the age of four, she was already a ballerina. This evolved into modelling and she went on to win Miss junior RSA title at the age of eight. 

Her career in television started when she was only 15 years old. She hosted pre-teen music and movie show on SABC 2 called ‘Bling’

After that, her next television appearance would be in a presenter search show SABC 1 aired in 2010. Nandi Madida was a finalist but lost to Minnie Dlamini. In the same year, she was runners-up in yet another presenter show, 'O-Access'.

Nandi Madiba on BET Channel | Source: Instagram

Nandi Madida would eventually get a chance on-screen when she became the co-host of a magazine show, 'All Access Mzansi' in 2013. 

Between 2015 and 2016, she went on to star in a Mzansi Magic soap opera ‘The Road’ in which she played the role of Zokuthula ‘Zoe’ Dhlomo.

Source: Instagram

In 2016, she co-hosted the second season of the pan-African musical show 'Coke Studio'. In the same year, Nandi Madida alongside Ayanda Thabethe co-hosted the BET entertainment magazine show 'BET A-List', which covered music, fashion and red carpet events.  

Nandi Madida took her talents to the international stage. In 2017, she became the first South African to host the Afropunk festival, an event that celebrates multiculturalism. 

Nandi Madiba hosting an eon line Africa event | Source: Instagram

She was the perfect host as her values - embracing African culture - aligned with the theme of the festival.  

In 2018, Nandi Madida hosted another BET event, ‘Made in Africa’, a show that highlighted African fashion. 

Alongside Nomzamo Mbatha, she also represented South Africa in the Global Citizen Festival that was hosted in SA. 

Nandi Madida's music career

Nandi Madiba performing | Source: Instagram

Of all her talents, Nandi Madiba admits that music is her favourite. It put her in the spotlight in 2011 after DJ Franky featured her in the single ‘Tonight’

Following the success of the song, Nandi Madida was signed by Sony Music Entertainment Africa. Her first single as a sony artist was ‘Organic’, a song challenging African women to love themselves.

Nandi Madiba's song | Source: Instagram

“I want African women to feel good about themselves. We are always being challenged for being who we are naturally but we never get credit for the fact that we actually inspire the world.” Nandi on ‘Organic’.

Source: Instagram

The singer-cum actress released her first single ‘Goodtimes’ in 2012 after which she worked with Zakes Bantiwini on ‘Dance’ in 2015. 

In the same year, Nandi Madida collaborated with K.O and released the hit ‘Skhanda Love’. The two came together again to make ‘Say You Will’, a song about lovers’ promise to stay together. 

Nandi Madida's acting career

Nandi Madiba celebrating African culture | Source: Instagram

Perhaps one of Nandi Madida’s most significant achievements is her appearance in the musical film and visual Album Black is King’

She was hand-picked by American singer Beyonce who wrote, produced and directed the black pride-themed production. 

Nandi Madida played Nala, a character that displayed the strength of a woman and later received a thank you gift from Queen Bee for her role in the film.

Nandi Madida's business

Nandi Madiba's colour fashion line | Source: Instagram

Nandi Madida launched her clothing line, colour fashion label in 2016. She sells ready-to-wear bespoke ladies' suits. In 2018, her clothing line debuted at the New York Fashion Week.

Nandi is also the owner of colourfulbeauty.com, a platform that sells beauty products. 

Nandi Madida's hair

Nandi Madiba's haircut | Source: Instagram

Nandi Madida definitely makes short hair look cool and stylish. Over the years, we have seen her wear different colours like pink, purple, red and blonde. 

Source: Instagram

Her haircut is always looking good with the slight trims on the sides, an afro on top and a side-parting.

Nandi Madida's Relationships

Nandi Madiba and Zakes Bantwini | Source: Instagram

Nandi Madida got married to Zakes Bantwini in 2016. There’s not much to reveal about their relationship as they keep things under wraps. Even so, she finally let Mzansi in on how she met her husband. 

The pair met during the South African Music Awards (SAMA) nominee party. In an interview, Nandi said Zakes professed his love for her during their first meeting but she was hesitant. 

Zakes Bantwini and Nandi Madiba | Source: Instagram

Their subsequent interactions were primarily work-related as Zakes helped Nandi develop her career. In fact, Nandi said that he is part of the reason her career took off rapidly. 

Nandi Madida and Zakes Bantwini’s romance blossomed and culminated in a private wedding in 2016.

Nandi Madiba and her husband | Source: Instagram

The songstress revealed that she did not intend to get married to a man within the entertainment industry but remains grateful that she actually did. 

Previously, she feared that it would interfere with the quality of the relationship but it has proven otherwise.

Nandi Madida's divorce

Zakes Bantwini and Nandi Madiba’s divorce was not a conventional affair. 

They approached the Johannesburg High Court to dissolve their marriage contract after they realised they had not signed up a prenuptial agreement which automatically meant they were in a community marriage. 

As such, the properties that were being separated include an estate at Morningside Kwa-Zulu Natal and another in Thornhill Modderfontein in Gauteng owned solely by Zakes. 

Nandi Madida signed an affidavit to give her consent to the separation.   

Is Zakes Bantwini still Nandi Madida’s spouse? 

Yes, a happy one at that. They got married under the ‘in community of property, meaning that Nandi Madida is entitled to half of Zakes Bantwini's wealth in the case of separation, divorce or death. 

Nandi’s husband spotted the mistake when he was going through his personal finances and moved to have the matter rectified immediately. 

Nandi Madida's Family

Nandi Madiba and her son Shaka Madiba | Source: Instagram

Nandi Madida and her husband have two children, Shaka Madida born in 2016 and Nefertiti Madiba born in 2019.

Before Nandi Madida gave birth to her son, television presenter Minnie Dlamini organised a surprise baby shower for her. 

Shaka Madiba | Source: Instagram

The pair have known each other since they were seven years old and have remained friends ever since. 

Nandi Madida’s second pregnancy was announced through Glamour magazine in 2019. 

Nandi Madida's Controversy

Lux campaign drama

Nandi Madida sued PR agent Thamqansa Fakazi also known as Amaru Da Costa for withholding money owed to her for a Lux campaign she was involved in. 

She did not disclose the amount but confirmed that Lux wired money to the agent but she was yet to receive her pay.

Nala's comments land Nandi in trouble

Nandi Madida was accused of lying about her son's school friends whom she said recognised her as Nala, the role that she played in the film 'Black is King

Tweeps doubted her and stated that her own son might not even recognise her as Nala because he is too young and thus his friends aren't in a position to do the same.

Nandi Madida's Car

Nandi Madida joined the Mercedez family in 2020 after she became Mercedez's brand ambassador. She posted a picture on Instagram standing beside her new black Mercedez Benz. 

Nandi Madiba's Mercedez Benz | Source: Instagram

Nandi Madida's House

Nandi Madida lives a very private life thus the location of her home remains unknown. However, she did give fans a sneak peek into her home when she wished her fans a happy week. Fans were treated to the sight of beautiful pieces of artwork as well as expensive furniture. 

Nandi Madida's Net Worth

Nandi Madiba is the brand ambassador for eucerin SA | Source: Instagram

Nandi Madida has a successful career in television and music. With her ever-growing popularity, there’s no doubt she’s collecting an even bigger paycheck. Her net worth is estimated to be between $1 million to $5 million or R17 million to R84 million.

Awards & Recognition

Nandi Madiba's Forbes Award | Source: Instagram

2021: Goddess Beauty Recipient of the 4th International Women of Power in Los Angeles

2020: Best Collaboration of the Year for ‘Say You Will’

2019: 100 Most Influential Young South Africans in Media

2019: Aldo International Achievement Awards for her collection The Power Woman Edit in collaboration with her.

Social Media

Nandi Madida Instagram: @Nandi_Madida 

Nandi Madida Twitter: @Nandi_Madida 

Nandi Madia Facebook: Nandi Mngoma

Q&A

Who is Nandi Madida?

Nandi Madida is an actress, singer, songwriter, and television host who rose to fame after she was featured in the song ‘Tonight’ by DJ Franky.

How old is Nandi Madida?

Born on 28 March 1988, Nandi Madida’s age is 34.

Who is Nandi Madida married to?

Nandi Madida is married to musician Zakhele ‘Zakes’ Bantwini. The two tied the knot in 2016 in a private wedding ceremony. 

How many kids does Nandi Madida have?

Nandi Madida has two kids. Her son Shaka Madida was born in 2016 and her daughter Queen Nefertiti was born in 2019. 

Is Nandi Madida still married to Zakes Bantwini?

Yes. Nandi Madida and Zakes Bantwini are still married. The couple’s divorce in 2021 was about the separation of properties and not their union as husband and wife. They celebrated their wedding 5th wedding anniversary in 2021. 

Is Nandi Madida still married?

Yes. Nandi Madida is still married to her husband musician Zakes Bantwini. The two got married in 2016.

 

Also known as:
Nee Mngoma
Real name:
Nandi ‘Mngoma’ Madida
Occupation:
Singer, model, actress, TV host
Birthday:
20 March 1988
Nationality:
South African
Star sign:
Pisces
Birth place:
Maphumulo, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
Height:
6’1 or 185cm
Children:
Shaka Madida and Nefertiti Madiba
Net Worth:
$1 million to $5 million or R17 million to R84 million

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Nandi Madida's Biography: Personal Life, Schooling, Career, Relationship, Family, Controversy, Car, House, Net Worth
Also known as:
Nee Mngoma
Real name:
Nandi ‘Mngoma’ Madida
Occupation:
Singer, model, actress, TV host
Birthday:
20 March 1988
Nationality:
South African
Star sign:
Pisces
Birth place:
Maphumulo, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
Height:
6’1 or 185cm
Children:
Shaka Madida and Nefertiti Madiba
Net Worth:
$1 million to $5 million or R17 million to R84 million

About

Nandi Madida (nee Mngoma), has built quite an empire in the entertainment industry. From being a television host to becoming a singer and brand ambassador, it's safe to say Nandi is a jack of all trades. She stepped into the acting scene in 2004. Find the full story in Nandi Madida's biography.

Personal Life

Nandi Madida was born on 20 March 1988 in Maphumulo in Kwa-Zulu Natal province. She has three siblings - Langalethu “Langa” Mngoma a doctor and influencer, Norma Mngoma, a businesswoman and widely known for being the ex-wife of former minister Malusi Gigaba and Thabo Mngoma her brother.

Nandi Madida's parents are Thamsaqna Mngoma, her father who worked as a doctor and Thandeka Mngoma, her mother who switched the classroom for the courtroom.  

Nandi Madiba mother Thandeka Mngoma | Source: Instagram

One interesting thing about Nandi Madida is that she dropped her maiden name Mngoma after she got married to her husband Zakhele Madida popularly known as Zakes Bantwini. 

She once explained on Twitter that she wants to create “one home” for her children hence dropping her name Mngoma for Madida.  

Nandi Madida's Schooling

Nandi Madida went to law school despite her desire to pursue journalism. Her change of heart was necessitated by a conversation she had with a practising journalist who told her she won’t make as much money in the field. 

Nandi graduated from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Varsity College. Before that, she was a student at Danville Park High School.

Nandi Madida's Career

Nandi Madiba | Source: Instagram

Nandi Madida has proven her versatility in the entertainment industry. She did study law but her professional pursuits have come outside the courtroom. 

She has always been a performer. At the age of four, she was already a ballerina. This evolved into modelling and she went on to win Miss junior RSA title at the age of eight. 

Her career in television started when she was only 15 years old. She hosted pre-teen music and movie show on SABC 2 called ‘Bling’

After that, her next television appearance would be in a presenter search show SABC 1 aired in 2010. Nandi Madida was a finalist but lost to Minnie Dlamini. In the same year, she was runners-up in yet another presenter show, 'O-Access'.

Nandi Madiba on BET Channel | Source: Instagram

Nandi Madida would eventually get a chance on-screen when she became the co-host of a magazine show, 'All Access Mzansi' in 2013. 

Between 2015 and 2016, she went on to star in a Mzansi Magic soap opera ‘The Road’ in which she played the role of Zokuthula ‘Zoe’ Dhlomo.

Source: Instagram

In 2016, she co-hosted the second season of the pan-African musical show 'Coke Studio'. In the same year, Nandi Madida alongside Ayanda Thabethe co-hosted the BET entertainment magazine show 'BET A-List', which covered music, fashion and red carpet events.  

Nandi Madida took her talents to the international stage. In 2017, she became the first South African to host the Afropunk festival, an event that celebrates multiculturalism. 

Nandi Madiba hosting an eon line Africa event | Source: Instagram

She was the perfect host as her values - embracing African culture - aligned with the theme of the festival.  

In 2018, Nandi Madida hosted another BET event, ‘Made in Africa’, a show that highlighted African fashion. 

Alongside Nomzamo Mbatha, she also represented South Africa in the Global Citizen Festival that was hosted in SA. 

Nandi Madida's music career

Nandi Madiba performing | Source: Instagram

Of all her talents, Nandi Madiba admits that music is her favourite. It put her in the spotlight in 2011 after DJ Franky featured her in the single ‘Tonight’

Following the success of the song, Nandi Madida was signed by Sony Music Entertainment Africa. Her first single as a sony artist was ‘Organic’, a song challenging African women to love themselves.

Nandi Madiba's song | Source: Instagram

“I want African women to feel good about themselves. We are always being challenged for being who we are naturally but we never get credit for the fact that we actually inspire the world.” Nandi on ‘Organic’.

Source: Instagram

The singer-cum actress released her first single ‘Goodtimes’ in 2012 after which she worked with Zakes Bantiwini on ‘Dance’ in 2015. 

In the same year, Nandi Madida collaborated with K.O and released the hit ‘Skhanda Love’. The two came together again to make ‘Say You Will’, a song about lovers’ promise to stay together. 

Nandi Madida's acting career

Nandi Madiba celebrating African culture | Source: Instagram

Perhaps one of Nandi Madida’s most significant achievements is her appearance in the musical film and visual Album Black is King’

She was hand-picked by American singer Beyonce who wrote, produced and directed the black pride-themed production. 

Nandi Madida played Nala, a character that displayed the strength of a woman and later received a thank you gift from Queen Bee for her role in the film.

Nandi Madida's business

Nandi Madiba's colour fashion line | Source: Instagram

Nandi Madida launched her clothing line, colour fashion label in 2016. She sells ready-to-wear bespoke ladies' suits. In 2018, her clothing line debuted at the New York Fashion Week.

Nandi is also the owner of colourfulbeauty.com, a platform that sells beauty products. 

Nandi Madida's hair

Nandi Madiba's haircut | Source: Instagram

Nandi Madida definitely makes short hair look cool and stylish. Over the years, we have seen her wear different colours like pink, purple, red and blonde. 

Source: Instagram

Her haircut is always looking good with the slight trims on the sides, an afro on top and a side-parting.

Nandi Madida's Relationships

Nandi Madiba and Zakes Bantwini | Source: Instagram

Nandi Madida got married to Zakes Bantwini in 2016. There’s not much to reveal about their relationship as they keep things under wraps. Even so, she finally let Mzansi in on how she met her husband. 

The pair met during the South African Music Awards (SAMA) nominee party. In an interview, Nandi said Zakes professed his love for her during their first meeting but she was hesitant. 

Zakes Bantwini and Nandi Madiba | Source: Instagram

Their subsequent interactions were primarily work-related as Zakes helped Nandi develop her career. In fact, Nandi said that he is part of the reason her career took off rapidly. 

Nandi Madida and Zakes Bantwini’s romance blossomed and culminated in a private wedding in 2016.

Nandi Madiba and her husband | Source: Instagram

The songstress revealed that she did not intend to get married to a man within the entertainment industry but remains grateful that she actually did. 

Previously, she feared that it would interfere with the quality of the relationship but it has proven otherwise.

Nandi Madida's divorce

Zakes Bantwini and Nandi Madiba’s divorce was not a conventional affair. 

They approached the Johannesburg High Court to dissolve their marriage contract after they realised they had not signed up a prenuptial agreement which automatically meant they were in a community marriage. 

As such, the properties that were being separated include an estate at Morningside Kwa-Zulu Natal and another in Thornhill Modderfontein in Gauteng owned solely by Zakes. 

Nandi Madida signed an affidavit to give her consent to the separation.   

Is Zakes Bantwini still Nandi Madida’s spouse? 

Yes, a happy one at that. They got married under the ‘in community of property, meaning that Nandi Madida is entitled to half of Zakes Bantwini's wealth in the case of separation, divorce or death. 

Nandi’s husband spotted the mistake when he was going through his personal finances and moved to have the matter rectified immediately. 

Nandi Madida's Family

Nandi Madiba and her son Shaka Madiba | Source: Instagram

Nandi Madida and her husband have two children, Shaka Madida born in 2016 and Nefertiti Madiba born in 2019.

Before Nandi Madida gave birth to her son, television presenter Minnie Dlamini organised a surprise baby shower for her. 

Shaka Madiba | Source: Instagram

The pair have known each other since they were seven years old and have remained friends ever since. 

Nandi Madida’s second pregnancy was announced through Glamour magazine in 2019. 

Nandi Madida's Controversy

Lux campaign drama

Nandi Madida sued PR agent Thamqansa Fakazi also known as Amaru Da Costa for withholding money owed to her for a Lux campaign she was involved in. 

She did not disclose the amount but confirmed that Lux wired money to the agent but she was yet to receive her pay.

Nala's comments land Nandi in trouble

Nandi Madida was accused of lying about her son's school friends whom she said recognised her as Nala, the role that she played in the film 'Black is King

Tweeps doubted her and stated that her own son might not even recognise her as Nala because he is too young and thus his friends aren't in a position to do the same.

Nandi Madida's Car

Nandi Madida joined the Mercedez family in 2020 after she became Mercedez's brand ambassador. She posted a picture on Instagram standing beside her new black Mercedez Benz. 

Nandi Madiba's Mercedez Benz | Source: Instagram

Nandi Madida's House

Nandi Madida lives a very private life thus the location of her home remains unknown. However, she did give fans a sneak peek into her home when she wished her fans a happy week. Fans were treated to the sight of beautiful pieces of artwork as well as expensive furniture. 

Nandi Madida's Net Worth

Nandi Madiba is the brand ambassador for eucerin SA | Source: Instagram

Nandi Madida has a successful career in television and music. With her ever-growing popularity, there’s no doubt she’s collecting an even bigger paycheck. Her net worth is estimated to be between $1 million to $5 million or R17 million to R84 million.

Awards & Recognition

Nandi Madiba's Forbes Award | Source: Instagram

2021: Goddess Beauty Recipient of the 4th International Women of Power in Los Angeles

2020: Best Collaboration of the Year for ‘Say You Will’

2019: 100 Most Influential Young South Africans in Media

2019: Aldo International Achievement Awards for her collection The Power Woman Edit in collaboration with her.

Social Media

Nandi Madida Instagram: @Nandi_Madida 

Nandi Madida Twitter: @Nandi_Madida 

Nandi Madia Facebook: Nandi Mngoma

Q&A

Who is Nandi Madida?

Nandi Madida is an actress, singer, songwriter, and television host who rose to fame after she was featured in the song ‘Tonight’ by DJ Franky.

How old is Nandi Madida?

Born on 28 March 1988, Nandi Madida’s age is 34.

Who is Nandi Madida married to?

Nandi Madida is married to musician Zakhele ‘Zakes’ Bantwini. The two tied the knot in 2016 in a private wedding ceremony. 

How many kids does Nandi Madida have?

Nandi Madida has two kids. Her son Shaka Madida was born in 2016 and her daughter Queen Nefertiti was born in 2019. 

Is Nandi Madida still married to Zakes Bantwini?

Yes. Nandi Madida and Zakes Bantwini are still married. The couple’s divorce in 2021 was about the separation of properties and not their union as husband and wife. They celebrated their wedding 5th wedding anniversary in 2021. 

Is Nandi Madida still married?

Yes. Nandi Madida is still married to her husband musician Zakes Bantwini. The two got married in 2016.