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Up close with iNkaba’s leading man

15 June 2022
John Kani – put some respect in it – has received accolades from around the world for his amazing work in the entertainment industry.
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Kani recognised internationally

Kani holds a Tony Award. Wait for it, this award is handed out in America for outstanding work in theatre production on Broadway. Not many people can say that they are recognised internationally.

Added the click to Wakanda


In the film Black Panther, John Kani and his son (Atandwa Kani) convinced film director Ryan Coogler to adopt isiXhosa and make it an official language of Wakanda.

John Kani plays Othello

I kiss'd thee ere I kill'd thee: no way but this; Killing myself, to die upon a kiss.”

Kani became the first black person to play Othello in 1987. He played alongside Joanna Weinberg who played the character of Desdemona.

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Catch John Kani as Mkhuseli Mthetho on iNkaba daily on #NovelaMagic, DStv channel 165. If you want to join our Novela Magic fam conversation on the shows, follow Novela Magic on Facebook and Twitter using #NovelaMagic.