Young, Famous & African: Zimbabwean among cast of Netflix’s new reality series

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Young, Famous & African has dropped on Netflix and it’s the newest reality series we’re binging.

The show follows the drama, romances and lives of a group of 30-something year old famous Africans with insane wealth living their best, most lavish lives.

Set in the richest square mile in Africa in Johannesburg, the eight-episode series features 11 cast members from music stars and actresses to stylists and media personalities.

Khyani Mbau

From the first episode, the self-professed ‘cougar’ has definitely stolen the show.

Leading the cast, Khyani is a well-known actress who first rose to fame in 2004 when she starred in South African soap opera Mzansi.

She has since hosted various entertainment shows, and is pretty much entertainment royalty.

She’s also a businesswoman and has created her own line of gin, and released her biography in 2012.

Kudzai Mushonga aka Ndege Boy

Khyani’s husband, Kudzai is a Zimbabwean musician, whose net worth is rumoured to be around $5million (£3.8million).

As of yet, the 28-year-old doesn’t appear to have social media at all.

Diamond Platnumz

32-year-old Tanzanian musician Diamond Platnumz is a huge East African star.

In 2020, he was the first sub-Saharan African artist to earn over one billion YouTube views.

The self-proclaimed ‘player’ is also a dad-of-four, with three different women.

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The singer is a huge East African star (Picture: Netflix)

Annie Macaulay-Idibia

Annie is a Nigerian model, presenter, and actress and the wife of 2Baba.

She has acted in more than 200 films and several TV series, and in 2009 was nominated Best Supporting Actress at the Best of Nollywood Awards.

Innocent ‘2Baba’ Idibia

2Baba, formerly known as 2face, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter and entrepeneur.

In 2015, 2Baba became the first winner of MTV Europe’s Best African Act Award.

Annie and 2Baba have been married since 2012 and have two children together.

Nadia Nakai

South-African born Zimbabwean rapper and TV personality Nadia with a pretty big fan following behind her.

The 31-year-old was recently nominated for ‘Artist of the Decade’ at the 2021 South African Hip Hop Awards.

She’s described herself as following in her family’s footsteps of being a ‘powerful, strong, opinionated woman.’

Swanky Jerry

Celebrity fashion stylist Swanky Jarry, whose full name is Jeremiah Ogbodo, is Nigerian, and rose to fame after launching his brand Swanky Signatures Styling.

In 2014, he was named Fashion Stylist of the Year at the Lagos Fashion Awards, and in 2020 made Forbes Africa’s 30 under 30 list.

The 30-year-old has dressed some of the biggest African stars including Tonto Dikeh and Ice Prince, and co-star Innocent ‘2Baba’ Idibia.

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He’s even styled his co-star 2Baba (Picture: Netflix)

Zari, The Boss Lady

Ugandan businesswoman and musician Zarinah Hassan is the heir and CEO of Brooklyn City College, which she co-founded with her late husband Ivan Ssemwanga.

The 41-year-old socialite attended school in London from an early age.

The mother-of-five shares two children with ex-partner and now co-star Diamon Platnumz.

Naked DJ

Naked DJ is a South African radio personality and club DJ, whose real name is Quinton Mansina.

This isn’t his first time on screen, as he previously appeared in the Real Housewives of Johannesburg with his then-wife Naledi Willer.

Quinton, 40, is now in a relationship with footballer Kayleigh Schwark.

Kayleigh Schwark

27-year-old Kayleigh posts her glamorous life on Instagram, yet she still remains a bit of a mystery.

The show labels her a socialite, although MailOnline have stated she is a human resources consultant.

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Naked DJ and Kayleigh are one of the many couples on this show (Picture: Netflix)

Andile Ncube

Last but not least joining the A-list cast is 40-year-old TV personality who hosted various shows like The X Factor South Africa and The Search: E! Host South Africa.