'I've always known I'd marry him' - Nandi Madida on how she met Zakes


TV personality and musician Nandi Madida stopped by Anele's Real Talk show to speak about her career, upbringing and her new family.

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On naming her son Shaka

"Even before my son was a thought, I've always know I would name him Shaka. King Shaka has been one of my biggest heroes so it made sense for me to name my son Shaka considering that my parents named me Nandi."

On beauty pageants

"There was a point where I felt like I needed to leave that world because of the type cast of 'empty vessels'. I also didn't feel mentally or intellectually stimulated because we had to be a certain way. The lack of diversity also disturbed me, I would question why we couldn't come with different hairstyles and shapes."

On holding on to her identity

"I was one of the very few black girls in school and it was hard. You almost lose your identity in that situation. I had a friend called Casey and I wanted to be like her. She was blonde with blue eyes but there I was, this brown skinned girl with natural hair. I tried everything to look like them and to fit in until one day when I asked myself 'what am I doing?' But I have to give credit, my sister and my mom inspired that. They are very heavy about loving the skin that you're in."

On losing Live presenter search to Minnie Dlamini

"That was weird because Minnie is my home girl. We'd call each other to find out how far along in the competition we were. It was a bit bittersweet losing to her because we are such good friends. I was happy for her but also not happy that I didn't win. But lucky for me, before Live announced the winner, O Access had already called me to come audition."

On meeting her husband Zakes Bantwini

"There's something about a man from Kwa-Mashu. Hood guys know angles. (Laughs) Zakes was my second boyfriend after a long relationship I was in, so I wasn't really in the mood for romance. I met him at the SAMA nominees party, I was like, 'I love your music', 'I think you're amazing' and he was like, 'I love you'. I was like no, this is not going to work out."

See the rest of the interview below

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