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5 things you didn’t know about Atandwa Kani

Aside from being the son of a veteran actor John Kani, for playing the starring role on Life is Wild and being one of South African talent actor, what else do you know about Atandwa Kani?

Atandwa Kani is a globally recognized for playing the role of a younger version of King T’Chaka in the Marvel film, Black Panther along side his father John Kani.

Here are five facts you probably didn’t know about Atandwa.

Full name: Atandwa Duduza Yiduthi Kani

Born in Eastern Cape

Though he has an American accent, Atandwa was born in Eastern Cape on the 06th June 1984. South African parents: actor father John Kani and retired PE teacher mother Mandi Kani.


Atandwa is married to Lesotho-born South African actress, scriptwriter and TV presenter Fikile Mthwalo-Kani. Fikile is currently in New York where she is furthering her acting studies.


He was married to former Our Perfect Wedding (OPW) presenter, Thembisa Mdoda, a younger sister to SABC3’s reality talk show Real Talk with Anele host, Anele Mdoda.


Atandwa studied theatrical performance at the University of Witwatersrand.