Atandwa Kani Biography

Published On May 27, 2018
Facts of Atandwa Kani
Birth Nation: South Africa
Height: 6 Feet 2 Inch
Name Atandwa Kani
Birth Name Atandwa Kani
Nick Name The Prince of Theatre
Father John Kani
Mother Mandi Kani
Nationality South African
Birth Place/City Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Profession actor
Working For Black Panther
Net Worth $500,000
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Black
Face Color Black
Tattoo(s) No
Famous for Black Panther
Girlfriend No
Married Yes but
Married to Fikile M. Kani
Children No
Divorce Yes
Education University of Witwatersrand
Online Presence Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
Movies Black Panther
TV Show Life Is Wild
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Atandwa Kani rocketed to fame in 2013, following her appearance in Mandela; Long Walk to Freedom as a young Nelson Mandela. Kani was born on 6th June 1984, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. His sun sign is Gemini.

He was born to his father John, an actor, director and playwright; and mother Mandi Kani. From a young age, he was exposed to the industry. He belongs to black ethnicity and holds a South African nationality. Kani went to the University of Witwatersrand and studied theatre performance.

He made his international stage debut in The Tempest at the Royal Shakespeare Company where he played Ariel in his father's collaboration between the Baxter Theatre Centre and the ROal Shakespeare Company.

Afterward, Kani made his television debut from an American TV serial drama Life Is Wild as Tumelo. Following this, he featured in many TV shows that include Wild at Heart, Kowethu, Leonardo, and The Book of Negroes.

Kani then appeared in a British-South African biographical movie Mandela: Long Walk to freedom as young Nelson Mandela, alongside Idris Elba, Naomi Harris, and Terry Pheto.

Kani then featured in multiple award-winning short drama movies The Suit as Philemon. He then appeared in a 2018 American superhero movie Black Panther as Young T’Chaka; his father played the older version of the role alongside Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan.

Recently, Kani played a supporting role on Mzansi Magic’s hit TV series It’s Complicated.

Moving towards his personal life, Kani is well-known by his nickname "The Prince of Theatre". He was previously married to Thembisa Mdoda, a Presenter with whom he met in their first year of University at Wits in 2004. Her ex-wife is a Golden Horn Award-winning presenter. 

Mdoda, in 2012, gave birth to twins son. However, after paternity tests, it was proved that Atandwa was not the father to twin boys with Mdoda.

After a year of his divorce, Kani got married to his beautiful wife Fikile M Kani, on 24th December 2016, in a secret ceremony. His wife is currently studying acting in NYC. His wife is an actress, voice Artist, Script-writer and Brookside Artist Management as well. Kani has a perfect height of 6' 2" (1.88 m).

Kani's current net worth is estimated to be around $500000. His one of the most commercially successful American movie Black Panther grossed $1.344 billion at the box office; the film budget is estimated to be around $210 million. However, his exact salary is not disclosed yet.

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Born in South Africa

June 6 , 1984

Atandwa Kani was born on 6th June 1984, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He was born to his father, John, a actor, director and playwright, and mother, Mandi Kani.

Television debut from Life Is Wild


In 2007, Kani made his television debut from an Ameican television serial drama Life Is Wild, where he portrayed the role named Tumelo.

Previously married to Thembisa Mdoda


In 2012, Kani got married to his former wife Thembisa Mdoda. The pair first met in their first year of University at Wits in 2004.

Divorce with Thembisa Mdoda


Atandwa Kani and his ex-wife Mdoda couldn't continue their relationship and got divorced in 2015

Married to Fikile M Kani

December 24 , 2016

On 24th December 2016, Kani got married to his beautiful wife Fikile M Kani. Since their marriage, the couple lives a blissful life.

Appeared in Black Panther


In 2018, Kani appeared in a 2018 American superhero film, Black Panther where he played the role of Young T'Chaka. Moreover, his father portrayed the older version of the character.

Net Worth around $0.5 million


Kani earns a good sum of money from his acting career. As of 2018, his net worth is estimated to be around $500000.