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Nakedi Ribane

Nakedi Ribane

Artist Profile

Actress, Model, Presenter, Author, Advocate


Date of Birth: 22 January 1956

Height: 1.77m  Hair: Black  Eyes: Brown


Languages: North Sotho, English, Setswana, South Sotho, IsiZulu, Afrikaans, IsiXhosa

Skills: Presenting, Writing, Modeling, Advocate, Fashion Editor, Choreographer



FNB VITA AWARD – Best Supporting Actress (Ways of Dying) (2002)



Born in Ga-Sekhukhuni and raised in Mamelodi outside Pretoria, Nakedi started her modelling career in the early 80s and advanced quickly to become one of South Africa's top models of her era.

She began acting in the late 80s whilst still a model and has since appeared in numerous local and international television series, including Molo Fish, Soul City and the mini-series Mponeng: A Family Comedy (2006), and Human Cargo (2004). She acted as a doctor in the German TV series Love, Babies and a Big Heart in Namibia in early 2009. She has a relationship with Namibia dating back to the mid 90s when she choreographed the first ever Miss Katutura in 1995.

One of South Africa’s most versatile personalities, Nakedi’s career spans acting, fashion, and writing. A published author, Nakedi’s first book Beauty – A Black Perspective (2006) received much acclaim for tackling images of beauty from a perspective not often heard in the gruelling fashion and beauty industry. She was also a fashion and beauty editor for a popular magazine, co-owner of modelling agency Siyazazi, and a former model.

She is popularly known as ‘Senthaolele’ in the local Sepedi television drama, Bophelo ke Semphekgo. She acted as ‘Nyasa Mathiba’ in the teen adventure series African Skies, which aired in the USA from 1992-1994. She also played the leading role of ‘Linda Mokoena’, a psychologist, in the SABC2 mini-series Noah's Ark in 2008. She has further acted in feature films Waati (1995) and The Long Run (2000), among others.

In theatre, she won the 2002 FNB VITA Best Supporting Actress award for her role as ‘Noria’ in an adaptation of Zakes Mda's novel Ways of Dying. She also acted in industrial theatre, marketing the Sowetan Newspaper, and For Colored Girls who Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf at the Grahamstown Arts Festival, 1993. She was also seen as John Khani’s wife in Inkaba in a leading role.

Amongst her achievements is having a window dressing mannequin made of her in London for the Adel Rootstein collections in the 80s and being the first fashion editor for Ebony South Africa. She was fashion and beauty editor for Pace Magazine from 1990 and also for Tribute Magazine from 2000 - 2003.

Nakedi has acted in Unsung Heroes and Soul Buddyz 5 for SABC 1. She is also a Gender Co-ordinator for Creative Workers Union (CWUSA) of South Africa. 


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