Who is Atandwa Kani ?

Atandwa Kani is a Naledi award-winning South African movie and theater actor. He is famous for portraying Nelson Mandela in the movie Mandela ‘Long Walk to Freedom’. While most people know Kani as he is related to the legendary South African actor John Kani. John Kani is a Tony award winner and known for his sophisticated acting career.

Kani is 37 years old and his zodiac sign is Gemini. He was born in South Africa and his nationality is South African. Moreover, his religion is Christian.

Early Life

Atandwa Kani was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on June 6, 1984. He grew up learning acting from his father as his father is John Kani, the legendary actor, and director. He is the key inspiration for Atandwa’s passion for acting as he studied his scripts on his own and took him to many theater plays. His mother is Mandi Kani and there is no information regarding his siblings.

He completed his schooling in Port Elizabeth. As his interest grew bigger growing up so he made his mind to peruse his dream of being an actor and enrolled in the University of Witwatersrand (WITS) and took major in theater performance and even became part of school productions. He graduated with an honors degree in 2008.  In 2019, Kani joined Tisch School of Art, New York University for an MFA in filming.


Atandwa debuted internationally in ‘The Tempest’ at the Royal Shakespeare Company and got the opportunity to play Ariel alongside his father as Caliban and Sir Anthony Sher as Prospero. For which he was nominated for a best supporting actor Fleur du Cap. He debuted in international television in 2009, in CW TV Network show Life is Wild, which is an American adaptation of the popular ITV drama ‘Wild at Heart’ from 2006 to 2012. The same year, he also performed two plays, ‘Hayani’ and ‘ID Pending’.

Atandwa Kani on his set. Source: Instagram

In 2010, he was regular in the SABC TV series ‘Soul Buddyz’ and political series, ’90 Plein Street’. In 2013, he portrayed a young Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, acting alongside Idris Elba as Mandela, Naomi Harris as Winnie Mandela, and Terry Pheto as Evelyn Mase. Later, Kani appeared on the BET series, ‘The Book Of Negroes’ alongside Cuba Gooding Jnr.

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He also appeared in ‘Sizwe Banzi is Dead’ in New York directed by his father John Kani. Kani starred in the hit Mzansi Magic TV series, It’s Complicated. In 2016, Kani joined the African premiere of ‘The Suit’ a short movie and played Philemon which won a SAFTA in 2017. Likewise, in 2018, Kani appeared as young King T’Chaka in ‘Black Panther’ alongside his father John Kani.

Personal life

Atandwa Kani with his wife Filkile. Source: Instagram

Kani was married to actor Thembisa Mdoda. They met at university in their first year and became close. They got married in 2012. In an interview, he revealed that they were young and were not ready for the life ahead. Eventually, they got divorced and moved on in their lives in 2015.

Later, Kani met Filkile on the set of ‘It’s Complicated’. They were in deep love and married in 2015. The couple used to post their pictures on social media. However, for the past year, the couple has been busy with a packed schedule and could not make time for the relation according to the ‘Daily Sun’.

Net Worth

How much is the Atandwa Kani net worth? As he is a renowned and successful actor his primary source of income is acting. His net worth has been growing gradually from 2016 till 2021. He is 37 years old and has earned a huge amount. His estimated net worth is about $2 million from his successful acting career.

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Controversy and Rumors

Being in the spotlight is hard, people try to know what the celebrities are up to. In 2014, there was a rumor about Thembisa Mdoda being unfaithful so, he decided to take a paternity test. Later, he was accused of domestic violence by his previous wife Thembisa Mdoda, and restricted to visiting two boys. Eventually, Thembisa agreed to a paternity test through the legal procedure in 2015. But the test proves to him that he is not the father of two boys and decided to end the relationship between them and move on.

Body measurement

Fans always want to know about their favorite artist’s body structure. Kani has an average height of 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m). His nationality is South African and his ethnicity is African thus, his hair color and eye color are both blacks in color. His weight is unknown and will update soon.

Jumping high with a posture. Source: Instagram

Social Media

Kani is a social media influence and has a wide range of fan bases on his social media. His followers have sky-rocked after he appeared in the movie Marvel ‘Black Panther’. In the context of 2021, he has gained 206k followers on Instagram (account name as atandwakani) while he has gained 129.3k followers on Twitter (account name as Atandwa Kani). Moreover, he is active on Facebook and has 14k followers (account name as Atandwa Kani).

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