AKA is one of the biggest hip-hop artists from South Africa. There are so many things about him that you probably don’t know. Stay with me while I take you through his life journey till now.
Kiernan Jerryd Forbes also known in showbiz circles as “AKA” is a South African rapper, musician, and entrepreneur. He was born on 28 January 1988 in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
He is an award-winning rapper with many great achievements. Let’s take a look at his career journey.
Forbes started his musical journey as far back as 2002 where he formed a group called “Entity“. The group was disbanded in 2006.
Forbes then studied production and formed a new group with two other producers Buks and Kamza. The trio called themselves the I.V League.
Between 2007 and 2011, the I.V League was top-notch in South Africa as far as hip-hop is concerned. They produced back-to-back hit songs including “Tswakstikem” by Khuli Chana and “Monate so” by Shugasmakx.
They also worked on AKA’s debut studio album titled “Alter Ego” which had some hit songs including “Victory Lap“, “I Want It All” and “All I Know“. The album was released in 2011 and was certified Gold by RiSA because of its high commercial success.
The album also won Best Hip-Hop Album on Metro FM Awards the same year. He also got the Best Male Artist of the Year at the South African Music Awards in 2012.
Since then, he has stayed relevant to date.
AKA Away From Music
As of now, I can’t tell if Forbes has any other businesses apart from music. But all I know is the fact that he is a record producer. It means if he is not working on his own music, then he is probably working on someone else’s songs.
He has also signed many endorsement deals over the years. One of his popular deals is with Vodka Brand Cruz in 2020. The watermelon flavored drink precisely. It even has his initials on the bottle.
Girlfriend, Child and Rumors
Earlier in AKA’s career, he dated DJ Zinhle and they had a daughter together on 8 July 2015 and named her Kairo Owethu Forbes. In August the same year, they broke up after Zinhle accused him of cheating with Bonang Matheba.
Even though both of them denied the allegations, they were both found having an intimate relationship in 2016 but in 2017, they broke up.
Forbes and his baby mama DJ Zinhle reunited in 2018 but broke up again in 2019.
Early 2021, AKA announced his engagement to lover and late girlfriend “Nelli Tembe“. On 11 April the same year, Nelli met her demise after falling from the 10th floor of a hotel in Cape Town.
The rumors had it that she committed suicide by jumping from the balcony. But three months after the investigation has been closed, the NPA requested further investigation into the case. According to the rumors, there is an “Element of Murder” in the documents.
Rumors also had it that this incident has de-popularized AKA. Many also believe that the incident occurred due to how the musician assaulted his lover often.
AKA Net Worth, Cars And Assets
AKA is estimated to be worth $12 Million which is approximately R183.7 Million. The majority of his wealth is made from music and endorsement deals.
It is said that he bought an R3 Million mansion before the child with DJ Zinhle and after they broke up he purchased another mansion in Johannesburg worth R7 Million.
The rapper doesn’t ride if it is not a German car. He has a few BMW cars in his garage including i8 eDrive Coupe, X5, and MX6. These cars cost millions of South African Rands each so that should tell you how much money he has.
In short, AKA is one of the bigger rappers from South Africa and he has amassed wealth working as a musician.
He also prefers his life very flashy and he has the money to live that flashy, lavish lifestyle. While the flashy lifestyle attracts people, there could be something about him that makes him unable to maintain relationships.
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