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Meet South African Celebrities You Didn't Know Had Zimbabwean Roots


Celebrities' roots have recently been questioned. As a result, Mzansi has been flooded with South African superstars who are Zimbabweans.

Many of them have become national celebrities and respected experts in their fields. Celebrities having Zimbabwean roots are included on this list.

In light of Zimbabwe's geographical and cultural proximity to South Africa, it's not hard to believe that some of South Africa's most prominent entertainers and celebrities have Zimbabwean ancestry.


Born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second-largest city, Charmaine Mapimbiro grew up in Mutare and is known as the Queen of Amapiano.

“I grew up in Bulawayo. ”We moved to Mutare, then Harare, but I spent most of my time in Mutare because my dad is from Mutare,” Sha Sha says on a podcast with Mac G.

With her nomination and triumph of the BET Award 2020 - Viewer's Choice: Best New International Act in June 2020, Sha Sha became the first Zimbabwean to ever win a BET Award. In fact, many admirers were unaware that Sha Sha hails from the neighboring country of Zimbabwe.


Kim Jayde is a Zimbabwean model and TV host located in Cape Town. Kimberly Robinson was born in 1990 in Harare. Born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second city, Kim Jayde went to Dominican Convent Junior School and then boarding school Girls College. A social worker and psychologist by training, she relocated to South Africa in 2009 and graduated in 2012. In her second year at university, she developed an interest in modelling. She moved to Cape Town to model full time after graduating.

Jayde has her own TV show called KimsFashionTakeOver on Kimberly Robinson, nicknamed Kim Jayde, is a Zimbabwean model, TV presenter, and MC located in Cape Town. First Zimbabwean for 2018 Revlon SA Campaign

Chiedza Mhende

Chiedza Mhende is a South African voice-over artist, singer, and actor. She was known as Chi Mhende on Generations The Legacy, where she is now a producer.

Chi Mhende was born in Harare in 1991. AFA School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance in Cape Town, South Africa. Lady Capulet in Artscape's 2010 production of Romeo and Juliet was her first stage appearance.

She starred as Sandile in Love the One You Love, which premiered at the 2014 Durban International Film Festival. The Quiet Violence of Dreams by Sello Duiker, Waiting for the Barbarians by JM Coetzee, and Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream all have Chi in them. Mhende was nominated for an Africa Movie Oscar. In Al Jazeera's global health series "Lifelines", she is the voice of "Siyaya". For the Zakheni Arts Therapy Foundation and The Bonfire Improv Theatre Company, Her breakout role in Generations as a male made her a household name.


Nadia Nakai is a South African rapper. Her Zimbabwean mother's name is Kandava, replacing Dlamini. Nakai, 30, is half-Zimbabwean, half-South African. Nida Nakai made headlines when she joined the Family Tree Music group with Casper Nyovest and others. Bragga "QUEEN OF RAGGA" has always been open about her Zimbabwean heritage. Zimbabwe is part of her identity, says SA Hip Hop's biggest force.

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