Nkanyiso Makhanya is a South African actor currently playing Njeza on SABC 1’s Uzalo. Known to most as a child star, the actor is proving he is not a kid anymore. He is always in his element as he pulls off his role “Njeza” in Uzalo flawlessly. His career trajectory is quite exciting, and as a rising star, he is unstoppable. Nkanyiso Makhanya Biography bears all on the actor’s life(age, girlfriend, net Worth, Uzalo and all that catches the eye.)
Biography of Nkanyiso Makhanya
Date of birth: 23 May 1993
Birth Place: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Profession: Actor, TV Presenter, MC
Education and Qualifications: Degree in Communication Sciences (University of Zululand).
Follow Nkanyiso on Instagram: @therealnkanyiso
Net Worth: $200 000
Is “Uzalo” Nkanyiso Makhanya’s first TV gig?
The actor’s first experience on TV is when he is an intern at 1KZN TV. He is exposed to everything related to production (camera work, voiceovers, research, directing and pre-production). “I got to work behind the scenes before jumping on screen, which taught me a lot about television,” he says.
Was it Nkanyiso’s dream to be on TV someday?
“Growing up in KZN, we all knew back then that there were fewer opportunities for you to be on TV because we didn’t have a TV station based in KZN, but that didn’t stop me from believing that one day I will live my childhood dream and so I did all that I could to get where I am today. For me, I didn’t want to do anything else; I only had plan A with no plan B. Deep down, I knew I would somehow end up on TV. So, it was plan A or nothing.” He works on his dream, and it comes to pass.
Why does Nkanyiso leave Craz-e?
Getting a job at Craz-e in 2015 is the next step in his career journey. Even if it is a huge gig, the actor gives himself a time frame. He treats this opportunity as a stepping stone to help him get better. “When I got the call from the producers at Craz-e back in 2015 to say I got the job, I was excited and couldn’t wait to start working on such a huge platform. I told myself, God and the universe, that I didn’t want to spend more than three years at Craz-e before moving on to a bigger platform. Two and a half years later, that’s exactly what happened. I’m grateful for my time at Craz-e; it taught me everything that I now know about live TV,” Makhanya says.
Does Nkanyiso Makhanya have a girlfriend?
A controversial video makes rounds on social media, leaving the impression that Nkanyiso is gay. Whether it is true or not, the actor is dating Duma Ntando’s older sister Thando. They have been booed up for five years now, and boy, are they cute!!
All Things Nkanyiso.
- Makhanya starts as an intern at 1KZN TV. He gets to do nearly everything in production, including camera work, voiceovers, research, directing and pre-production.
- Working behind the scenes helped Makhanya learn more about the entertainment industry before joining Craz-e as a presenter.
- Makhanya auditions in the first season of Uzalo back in 2015, but he did not get the role.
- In 2018 he managed to get a role in a popular drama.
- He got a job at the age of 13 to help out where he could stay at home.
- Since the primary, acting has always been a craze where he appears in plays up until grade 9.
Makhanya’s role on Uzalo.
Although he plays the jailbird “Njeza” now, the actor once fails an audition at Uzalo. “I auditioned in Johannesburg because I didn’t know about the Durban auditions. So I took a bus, got there at 6 am and only auditioned at 6 pm. It was my first acting audition. I didn’t know what to expect, but the experience taught me a lot about acting auditions and how to be confident and wear your character before you get on stage. The whole experience taught me to be patient,” he says. Well, patience pays off; look at him now.
Through his unmatched acting skills, Njeza has fast become one of the best actors on the soap Uzalo. He is currently killing the role of Njeza as he portrays the abusive husband to his wife Nosipo. His role as Njeza has made him a household name despite that it’s his first television role.
Nkanyiso’s love affair with fashion.
The actor is always on point, and most people wonder what inspires his ferocious fashion sense. “I was raised in a family of cleanliness. My parents were always cleanly dressed, and that’s how I was raised. Regardless of how cheap a clothing item was, it was always clean. So I’d say my parents played a huge role in inspiring me,” he says.
What Car does Nkanyiso Makhanya drive?
Good fashion sense and a good taste in cars too. The actor recently splashes on an Audi, which according to carmag costs no less than R430 000.
What is Nkanyiso Makhanya’s Net Worth?
He is an upcoming star, and his net worth is $200 000. He, however, seems to be making big bucks from his acting gigs, being an MC and TV presenting.