10 Cast Of Netflix’s Series Young Famous And African; Their Names, Country, Ages, Net Worth, Roles, Instagram Accounts, Etc

Who are the casts of Young Famous & African? Here’s a complete list of the actors in the first Netflix South African series; their roles, net worth, birthday, and more.

Young, Famous & African is a reality series that evokes luxury and success amongst the African elites.

It is Netflix’s first unscripted African reality series, its first season was premiered on Friday, March 18, 2022, with seven sizzling episodes following the continent’s biggest and baddest personalities. 

Set in Johannesburg, the series follows some of the most prominent and affluent personalities hailing from South Africa, Nigeria, and East Africa as they take their music, acting, style, and entrepreneurial careers to higher heights. They also maneuvered their tempestuous love lives, feuds, and demanding careers in the city of bling, Johannesburg. 

The series also follows the swanky set of friends (and some exes) as they try to find love, whether by dating new people, rekindling romances with former flames, or creating a love triangle. This series truly has everything!

Not short of the soft life and “shots fired”, the show gives fans a ringside view of African celebrity at its most dramatic, charismatic, and extravagant.

The series has all the ingredients that make for a juicy reality Netflix binge: a few parts glamour, a sprinkle of mess, and finished with a hefty spoonful of drama.

This all-African reality series includes power-couple 2Baba and Annie Macaulay-Idibia, celebrity stylist Swanky Jerry, actor Khanyi Mbau, musician Diamond Platnumz, rapper Nadia Nakai, businesswoman Zari ‘The Bosslady’ Hassan, broadcaster and TV producer Andile Ncube, radio jockey Naked DJ, and fitness enthusiast Kayeigh Schwark. 

Here’s more about the cast:

1. Khanyi Mbau

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  • Real Name: Khanyisile Mbau
  • Celebrated Name: Khanyi Mbau
  • Net Worth: $10 Million
  • Nationality: South African
  • Profession: Actress, television host, and artist
  • Date of Birth/Age:
  • October 15, 1985 (age 36 years)
  • Birthplace: Soweto, South Africa
  • Spouse: Mandla Mthembu (m. 2006–2009)
  • Children: Khanukani
  • Siblings: Lasizwe Dambuza, Thandeka Mcunu
  • Parents: Menzi Mcunu, Lynette Sisi Mbau
  • Instagram Handle: @mbaureloaded

Khanyisile Mbau, known professionally as Khanyi Mbau, is a South African actress, television host, and artist.

Some may call her a golddigger, but she would say she’s savvy and knows how to get things done. Khanyi is the self-proclaimed OG of the group who embodies the kind of wealth she looks for in the men she pursues.

The proudly South African actress, media personality, and businesswoman tackles her golddigger reputation head-on and doesn’t apologize for knowing what she wants and setting the bar high for the men who fancy her. With her younger boyfriend, an alleged fugitive, she isn’t afraid to know how she feels and hooks up with her friends – regardless of their marital status.

2. Diamond Platnumz

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  • Real Name: Nasibu Abdul Juma Issack
  • Celebrated Name: Diamond Platnumz
  • Net Worth: $7 Million
  • Date of Birth/Age: October 2, 1989 (age 32 years)
  • Nationality: Tanzanian
  • Profession: Musician
  • Birthplace: Tandale, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Children: Latifah Dangote, Naseeb Junior, Prince Nillan, Dylan Abdul Naseeb
  • Siblings: Esma Platnumz, Romeo Abdul Jones, Queen Darleen
  • Awards: MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act, MORE
  • Albums: A Boy from Tandale, Kamwambie, First Of All
  • Parents: Sanura Kasimu, Abdul Juma
  • Instagram Handle: @diamondplatnumz

Nasibu Abdul Juma Issack, popularly known by his stage name Diamond Platnumz, is a Tanzanian bongo flava recording artist, dancer, philanthropist, and businessman of Ha heritage. He was born and raised in Tandale, Dar es Salaam. 

Diamond is a Tanzanian playboy that brings Hollywood stardom wherever he goes with 13 million followers on social media and even the occasional military detail because of his Rihanna-level fandom. He co-parents two children with his ex-wife Zari Hassan and returns to Johannesburg to be closer to his family despite the tumultuous relationship riddled with infidelity, but that gets a little blurry when he goes for Nadia and Zari shares close encounters with Andile.

3. Annie Macaulay-Idibia

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  • Real Name: Annie Macaulay–Idibia
  • Celebrated Name: Annie Idibia
  • Net Worth: $22 Million
  • Nationality: Nigerian
  • Profession: Model, Presenter, Actress
  • Date of Birth/Age: November 13, 1984 (age 37 years)
  • Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Spouse: 2Baba (m. 2012)
  • Children: Isabella Idibia, Olivia Idibia
  • Instagram Handle: @annieidibia1

Annie Macaulay–Idibia is a Nigerian, model, presenter, and actress. She was nominated in the “Best Supporting Actress” category at 2009 Best of Nollywood Awards.

Annie is a star looking to expand her empire. The actress and entertainer have already established herself onscreen in Nigeria and came to Johannesburg looking to expand her reach across the continent. Even though she has it all together on the outside, her issues with her estranged husband, Innocent ‘2Baba’ Idibia, become the focal point of her story throughout Young, Famous & African, along with dealing with her daughter’s health issues and sacrificing time to invest in her kids’ careers.

4. Innocent ‘2Baba’ Idibia

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  • Real Name: Innocent Ujah Idibia
  • Celebrated Name: 2Baba/2Face
  • Nationality: Nigerian
  • Profession: Musician
  • Net Worth: $37 Million
  • Date of Birth/Age: September 18, 1975 (age 46 years)
  • Birthplace: Jos, Nigeria
  • Spouse: Annie Macaulay-Idibia (m. 2012)
  • Children: Isabella Idibia, Olivia Idibia, Justin Idibia, Rose Idibia, Innocent Idibia, Zii Idibia, Nino Idibia
  • Siblings: Steven Idibia, Hyacinth Idibia, Oche Idibia
  • Parents: Michael Idibia, Rose Idibia
  • Instagram Handle: @official2baba

Innocent Ujah Idibia, known by his stage name 2Baba, is a Nigerian musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, humanitarian, and activist. Prior to July 2014, he went by the stage name 2face Idibia. 2Baba is the first winner of MTV Europe, Best African Act Award in 2005. 

The Nigerian superstar lives larger than life, just like his music persona, but that often causes friction in his marriage with his wife, Annie. The latter is trying to repair their relationship after the struggles with their two children.

5. Zari the Boss Lady

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  • Real Name: Zarinah Hassan
  • Celebrated Name: Zari the Boss Lady
  • Nationality: Ugandan
  • Profession: Entreprenuer
  • Net Worth: $8.8 Million
  • Date of Birth/Age: September 23, 1980 (age 41 years)
  • Birthplace: Jinja, Uganda
  • Spouse: Ivan Semwanga (m. 2011–2013)
  • Children: Latifah Dangote, Prince Nillan
  • Parents: Halima Hassan, Nasur Hassan
  • Siblings: Zuleha Hassan, Abdul Karim Hassan, Zara Hassan, Asha Hassan
  • Instagram Handle: @zarithebosslady

Zarinah Hassan, commonly known as Zari Hassan, alias Zari the Boss Lady, is a Ugandan socialite, musician, and businesswoman, who resides in South Africa, where she runs businesses. 

Zari Hassan likes to be known for her business savvy – but as we see on the show, she also earns a reputation for the drama that follows her. Throughout the series, Zari is often on the other end of a disagreement with cast members, like Annie and Khanyi. After a public breakup and cheating scandal with her ex-husband and the father of two of her five kids, Zari co-parents with Diamond while also exchanging eyes with Andile.

6. Naked DJ

  • Real Name: Quinton Paul Masina
  • Celebrated Name: Naked DJ
  • Other Name: Quinton Masina
  • Nationality: South African
  • Profession: Actor, radio host, and disc jockey
  • Net Worth: $3.8 Million
  • Date of birth/Age: 12th of August, 1980 (42 years old)
  • Zodiac sign: Leo
  • Place of birth: Benoni Town, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Sexuality: Straight
  • Height in feet: 5’11” 180 centimetres
  • Siblings: 4
  • Spouses: Bulelwa and late Naledi Willer
  • Partner: Kayleigh Schwark
  • Children: 1
  • School: Wordsworth High School
  • Instagram Handle: @naked_dj

Quinton Paul Masina, popularly known as Quinton Masina, or by his onstage name and Instagram handle, Naked DJ, is a bubbling South African DJ, radio host, reality TV celebrity, and record producer. He became a subject of discussion after joining Young, Famous & African, a reality show that aired on Netflix on the 18th of March, 2022.

Naked (real name Quinton Masina) is a big-time DJ who loves life and enjoys it to the fullest. Despite having control of his life, his relationship with 28-year-old Kayleigh Schwark is rocky. Outside of his romance, Naked is also often the voice of harsh reason for friends like Diamond and Andile when it comes to quarrels involving multiple women.

7. Nadia Nakai

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  • Real Name: Nadia Nakai Dlamini
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  • Nationality: South African-Zimbabwean
  • Profession: Rapper
  • Net Worth: $1 Million
  • Date of Birth/Age: May 18, 1990 (age 31 years)
  • Birthplace: South Africa
  • Associated acts: Cassper Nyovest; Cleo Ice Queen; Gemini Major; Kwesta; Stefflon Don
  • Albums: Nadia Naked
  • Instagram Handle: @nadianakai

Nadia Nakai Kandava is a South African-born Zimbabwean rapper, songwriter, and television personality. 

Nadia is a stylish woman who loves fast cars and having a good time. The successful first-generation South African-Zimbabwean rapper and entertainer is confident about what she wants, and that’s how she ended up with American rapper Vic Mensa, whose father is from Ghana. (Though she confirmed they broke up in August.) Nadia is close friends with Khanyi and also finds herself receiving sweet gestures from Diamond while he’s in Johannesburg.

8. Swanky Jerry

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  • Real Name: Jeremiah Ogbodo
  • Celebrated Name: Swanky Jerry
  • Nationality: Nigerian
  • Profession: Fashion Designer
  • Net Worth: $1-5 Million
  • Date of Birth/Age: July 4, 1991 (age 30 years)
  • Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
  • Instagram Handle: @swankyjerry

Jeremiah Ogbodo, better known as Swanky Jerry, is a Nigerian celebrity fashion stylist known for his work with Tonto Dikeh, D’banj, Ice Prince, M.I, Tu Face, Juliet Ibrahim, and Davido, among others. 

The Nigerian superstar stylist (whose real name is Jeremiah Ogbodo) is in town with his best friend Annie Macaulay-Idibia to make some moves in his career and loves a good party. He lives up to his name when it comes to his style and enjoys bringing fun to the group, especially when it comes to Annie while she deals with problems with Innocent.

9. Andile Ncube

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  • Real Name: Andile Ncube
  • Celebrated Name: Andile Ncube
  • Profession: TV personality and producer
  • Nationality: South African
  • Net Worth: $1 Million
  • Date of Birth/Age: 4 October 1981 (39 years old)
  • Spouse: Ayanda Thabethe
  • Instagram Handle: @andilencube

Andile Ncube is a South African TV personality and producer. He has been in the television industry since 2003 and has made a good name for himself.

The quiet, dapper entrepreneur may be excellent and easy on the outside, but he can also find himself in predicaments with women. In the series, we often find him talking about scandalous relationships with his two friends, Diamond and Naked. Things get very interesting and serious between him and Zari, with his steady advances on the Tanzanian entrepreneur despite his close friendship with Diamond.

10. Kayleigh Schwark

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  • Real Name: Kayleigh Schwark
  • Celebrated Name: Kayleigh Schwark
  • Nationality: South African
  • Profession: Social media influencer
  • Net Worth: $835K-$1 Million
  • Date of Birth/Age: December 4, 1994 ( 27 years old)
  • Birthplace: Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
  • Instagram Handle: @kayleigh_schwark

Schwark is a well-known fitness model and television personality as of now. However, she is also a professional football player.

The fitness buff and semiprofessional soccer player is trying to create a new life with her 40-year-old boyfriend, Naked. She often looks to her friends Nadia and Khanyi for advice about their relationship as she tries to reconcile her frustrations.

Watch the official trailer of Young, Famous & African below:

While the streaming platform’s first African reality series has been well-received, Netflix hasn’t made any announcements on the fate of the show just yet, but here’s everything to know about what could go down in Season 2 if Young, Famous & African is renewed.

Young, Famous & African Season 2 Potential Cast & Plot

If the show is renewed for a second season, all 11 original cast members are likely to return, including the show’s couples. South African actor Khanyi Mbau and her musician partner, Kudzai Mushonga (aka Ndege Boy), as well as husband-and-wife Innocent Idibia (aka 2Baba) and actor Annie Macaulay-Idibia, will likely be invited to come back. Radio personality and DJ Quinton Masina (aka Naked DJ) and girlfriend Kayleigh Schwark, a football player and socialite, will also likely appear in Season 2. Nigerian celebrity stylist Jeremiah Ogbodo (aka Swanky Jerry) and his debonair outfits may also return.

Exes Diamond Platinumz, the 32-year-old Tanzanian musician, and businesswoman Zarinah Hassan (aka Zari The Boss Lady) will likely come back. While Diamond made it seem like he was interested in getting Zari back, especially since they were co-parenting their children, both Diamond and Zari had other romantic interests last season: rapper Nadia Nakai and TV personality Andile Ncube, respectively.

New faces will likely also grace the show, especially if any of the original cast dates someone new. Fans could also expect people from the past to show up, like the cast’s exes, some of whom are also well-known.

If the show is renewed, the next season may continue exploring the cast’s careers and relationships, particularly those that ended on cliffhangers. The entire season, Andile and Zari seemed to be nurturing a budding romance, but Diamond — Zari’s ex and Andile’s friend — was always in the picture. During the finale, Diamond and Andile even had a heart-to-heart, with Andile confessing his “interest” in Zari, which didn’t sit so well with Diamond.

Unfortunately (spoiler alert!), we already know how that love triangle pans out, as Zari apparently chose neither of them. Since filming wrapped, Zari has moved on to someone new, entrepreneur GK Choppa. If the new couple’s extremely Instagram-official romance is spotlighted in the next season (after the fallout with Zari and the other two men), expect GK to be a new cast member. With Zari already coupled up, the other romantic arc that could be explored is between Diamond and Nadia, who could start dating again come Season 2.

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