Nandi Madida Biography

Nandi Madida Biography

Nandi Madida is a well-known television host, presenter and actress. Interestingly, Nandi has covered different ranges in the entertainment industry. She started off at a young age as a ballerina lead dancer, she then ventured into hosting and later into music, recording her debut album in 2011.

After studying law at UKZN Nandi became open to expressing herself as a creative and decided to get qualification at Varsity College.  Nandi isn’t only an all-round creative but a mother, and a wife to a South African music legend.

Nandi Madida Marriage Dissolved

Well, before you make any conclusions, this is not what you think but it’s not good either.
Entertainment couple Nandi Madida and Zakhele Madida famously known as Zakes Bantwini decided to dissolve their marriage contract. The couple wanted legal grounds to remove Nandi Madida from their joint estates.

Apparently, there was some misunderstanding between them and their marriage officer, which resulted in them mistakenly getting married without a prenuptial agreement, and this automatically landed them in community of marriage. Zakes continued his appeal by adding that he and his wife Nandi would enter into a post-nuptial notarial contract instead of the accrual system. This is because they both have very successful careers and get paid separately.

Nandi Madida Age

Nandi was born on the 20th of March, in 1988. She is 34 years old.

Nandi Madida Early Life

The presenter was raised by both her parents, her father Thamsanqa Mngoma who is 60 years old and her mother Thandeka Mngoma who is 59 years old. Born to father and mother who are doctor and lawyer respectively, Nandi grew up with hopes of one day becoming a lawyer.

The presenter grew up alongside her little sister, Langa Mngoma who took the footsteps of her elder sister, Nandi – and is a recognized fashion power.

Nandi Madida Education

Nandi Madida studied at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where she did her law degree and thereafter went to Varsity College to do a Media Degree. During her secondary studies, Nandi wanted to become a journalist but was taken aback by an active journalist who told her that the industry doesn’t have money.

Nandi Madida Family

Nandi is married to the South African musician, dancer and a songwriter – Zakes Bantwini. The 41-year-old producer and his wife decided to marry in 2016 after their long-term relationship. They are blessed with two children, their firstborn son, Shaka Madiba born in 2016 and Queen Nefertiti Madida born in 2019.

Nandi Madida Wedding

The public was rather shocked by the couple’s wedding which took place in 2016. According to the conversation Nandi has had with Drum Magazine, she said:  “A lot of people were surprised about the wedding, but not us and especially not my parents. By the time Zakes proposed, my parents already knew because he had asked them for my hand in marriage. So technically I was the last to know,”

This is what she said to Drum in regard to their counselling which they underwent before they got married.  “Zakes and I went for many sessions of marriage counselling before tying the knot. Those sessions were very insightful into what married life was like and preparing to make that transition from being someone’s boyfriend or girlfriend into being a wife or husband,” she said.

Nandi Madida Career


She started her performance journey at the age of four when she was a lead ballerina in ballet. Nandi made her first television appearance at the age of 15 when she worked as a host and a co-host of a pre-teen entertainment show called Bling that aired in 2004.

Getting back to the industry. Nandi entered a competition in 2010 – which was the SABC 1 presenter search for the music show, LIVE and she became one of the four finalists. Nandi lost the gig which was eventually won by Minnie Dlamini. During the same year, she was also in search of the O-Access presenter search but she eventually lost  to Dineo Moeketsi.

Throughout her upbringing, Nandi learned the ways around the industry and she took the entertainment industry by storm in 2011 when she released her musical single, Tonight – her debut album was then released in 2012. In 2013, Nandi joined the South African rap legend and top-ranked MC, Proverb and Dineo Ranaka to co-host All Access Mzansi which is a Mzansi Magic Magazine that aired in 2013.

The presenter ventured into acting in 2015 and landed a role in the Mzansi Magic television series, The Road. She started as Zokuthuka Dhlomo, and she was often referred to as Zoe on the series. Nandi co-hosted with Trevor Sineke for the reality television series, Coke Studio which aired on – on this series, it was the presenter’s the first time to be credited by her marital name, Madida, which was following her marriage with the talented musician Zakes Madida.

As the name Nandi was growing, she became a co-host of the BET Entertainment Magazine show which she hosted with Ayanda Thabethe. The show focused on talking in-depth about African fashion, movies, music, girl talk and advice on certain topics. The show would also involve the role to interview artists from red carpet events and interviewing artists at different events.

By this time, she was already known as a creative host and a presenter. In 2019, she released a single with K.O. titled ‘Say You Will’ which was an instant hit. This was a great collaboration, and based on the success of their 2015 hit Skhanda Lovethe pair have that special musical magic.

Nandi Madida Awards 


Nandi is considered as a developing businesswomen to watch and has been recognized by Forbes in 2016, BET in 2016 and the 2018 South African styles award. She has been recognized together with her husband for the most stylish couple.

Nandi Madida Business 

Nandi Madida is a businesswoman who focuses her business in clothing and she has her shoe brand. In 2019, Nandi posted on her Instagram that she was on her way to Paris Fashion Week where she would exhibit her work to the whole world and a higher pyramid in the fashion departments from all over the world. She showcased her COLOUR suit has the types of ivory, burnt orange, rust, and bronze. As a designer, this range made her get an approval as it took so many by surprise


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