Nadia Nakai is a Zimbabwean-born South African rapper, songwriter, and television personality. Nakai is the first female rapper to win the prestigious competition and has won the hip-hop competition show Mixtape 101. She achieved fame after the 2017 release of the popular song Naaa Mea. Nadia also gained recognition for her appearance in the reality show Young, Famous & African on Netflix.
Nadia was born in South Africa in 1990 to an African family. Nadia, who was born with mixed ancestry, revealed her father is South African and her mother is Zimbabwean. Nakai attended Fourways High School in Johannesburg for a year before finishing her education in Kenya. After finishing high school in Fourways, South Africa, she attended Monash University to pursue a double major in Media Studies and Marketing.
Nadia eventually relocated to Kenya to finish her education, where she met the female rapper Nazizi who had a significant impact on her music. Her successful song “Money Back” was created while she was attending her final faculty days in Kenya. At the time, she encountered a female rapper named Naziz, who was a huge inspiration for her.
Nadia Nakai Career
Nakai made her debut broadcast appearance on the e.tv hip hop show Shiz Niz, where she won the Mixtape 101 competition, becoming the first girl to do so. She shot to fame in September 2013 with the release of her breakthrough single “Like Me.” She appeared on the remix of the Riky Rick song Amantombazane the next year along with other South African artists.
In June 2015, Nakai released her third single “Saka Wena” with rapper Ice Prince, following her second single, “Whatever” with DotCom and Psyfo. Nakai pre-released her single “The Man” featuring Cassper Nyovest from her EP Bragga, which was later released on 15 September 2016. In November 2017, Nakai debuted her highly commended song “Naaa Meaan” with Cassper Nyovest.
The song was number one on various South African radio stations. She presented over the red carpet special for MTV Africa at the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards on November 4, 2016. Nakai co-hosted the MTV Base hip-hop show Yo! MTV Raps South Africa with Siyabonga Ngwekazi in 2019.On May 3rd, 2019, Nakai officially announced that her debut album would be published on June 28, 2019. “Imma Boss,” the third single, and the album’s cover art were both unveiled on May 18, 2019.
She published a documentary on Showmax about the creation of the album Nadia Naked on October 15, 2020. Her record deal with Def Jam Africa was finalized in May 2020. Nakai presented the inaugural season of Channel O’s Gen-Z South Africa television show in 2021. Nakai had an appearance on the Netflix original reality program Young, Famous & African in 2022.
Awards & Recognitions
- She won Best Female Artist at the AFRIMA’s sixth edition. She was named the most elegant performing artist at the 2020 SA Style Awards.
- Nakai was nominated for Artist of the Decade at the 2021 South African Hip Hop Awards.
Nadia Nakai Biography
|Real Name||Nadia Nakai Dlamini|
|Birth Date||18 May 1990|
|Age (as of 2023)||33 Years|
|Birth Place||South Africa|
|Profession||Rapper, Singer, Songwriter|
|College||Monash University Clayton Campus|
|Height||in feet inches – 5’ 6” – in Centimeters – 168 cm|
|Weight||in Kilograms – 59 kg – in Pounds – 130 lbs|
|Marital Status||In Relation|
|Boyfriend||AKA (Kiernan Jarryd Forbes)|
Vic Mensa and Nadia had a past relationship, which ended in a breakup. Star rapper Nadia has recently been spotted dating rapper Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, despite her split with Vic Mensa. Both had spoken about their connection a few days ago by uploading a photo of themselves on Instagram. However, Nadia’s supporters can claim that they already had a sneaking sense that something was going on between the two of them before they ultimately made it public.
Nadia Nakai Net Worth
Nadia, a singer, composer, and rapper makes a significant living from music streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music. She is well-known around the world for the several songs she has released since 2011. Nadia’s estimated net worth is about $2.5 million. With millions of social media followers, she is paid for several brand endorsements, which she promotes on her various social media channels.
- She receives 22056 monthly Listeners on Spotify.
- Many of her tracks have been listened to over a million times on Spotify.
- She was just featured on the Digital Cover Page of Glamour 2022 magazine.
- She has a following of 2.5 million on Instagram.