|Real Name/Full Name
|Kiernan Jarryd Forbes
|Nick Name/Celebrated Name:
|AKA, SupaMega, Bhovamania
|Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
|Date Of Birth/Birthday:
|28 January 1988
|36 years old
|In Centimetres – 173cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 8″
|Father – Tony Forbes
Mother – Lynn Forbes
|Greenside Primary School
|St. John’s College
|DJ Zinhle, Bonang Matheba, late Nilli Tembe
|Kairo Olwethu Forbes
|Rapper, Record Producer, Songwriter, and entrepreneur
AKA is a renowned South African Rapper, Singer, Record Producer, Songwriter, as well as an entrepreneur. Mainly known as AKA, his real name, Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, is not known to most as he uses his celebrity name.
AKA got a rise to popularity following the release of his single ‘Victory Lap’ which he released in the year 2011 on his debut album ‘Altar Ego’. This made him gain much popularity contributing to his fame and him becoming one of the most successful rappers not only in South Africa but also in the world.
Here is a quick review of AKA’s Biography, early life, education, personal life, professional life, and the achievements he has made all through his career life. Keep reading to know more.
Biography and Early Life
AKA was born on 28 January 1988 in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. His real name is Kiernan Jarryd Forbes. AKA’s father is known as Tony Forbes while his mother is known as Lynn Forbes.
Tony and Lynn Forbes were in a relationship while on campus when they got their first son in the first year of campus. This was when Kiernan Jarryd got born in 1988. Later, they got a second son known as Steffan Forbes who is the sibling to AKA. Kiernan’s father and mother later divorced after 20 years of marriage but remained supporting their children together.
AKA had much of his early life together with his grandmother in Cape Town who raised him in the greater part of his early life.
In his early life, while being raised by his grandmother, Kiernan Jarryd got enrolled to Holy Cross Convent School located in Cape Town. However, he later joined his mother in Johannesburg in the year 1995 after which he got enrolled in Johannesburg’s Greenside Primary School.
After completing his elementary and high school education, AKA joined St John’s College in Johannesburg where he did his higher education.
Personal Life: Wife, Girlfriends, Daughter, etc.
Though he is, AKA has had several lovers in his life. Initially, he was dating DJ Zinhle whose real name is Ntombezinhle Jiyane. AKA started dating DJ Zinhle in 2014 and the couple got blessed with a daughter on 8 July 2015 known as Kairo Olwethu Forbes.
They later then separated following allegations that AKA had cheated on Zinhle with the TV presenter Bonang Matheba. AKA together with Bonang Matheba denied the allegations but started dating. AKA’s relationship with Bonang Matheba lasted for 3 years after which they separated making AKA rejoin with DJ Zinhle in late 2018. The relationship with DJ Zinhle, however, did not last for long as they separated in 2019 again.
After separating from DJ Zinhle, AKA commenced dating Nelli Tembe and got engaged to her on 21 February 2021. Nelli Tembe died 2 weeks after their engagement after a fall from the 10th floor of Pepperclub Hotel in Cape Town. After the death of Tembe, he has not yet introduced any lady in his life to the public yet.
Is AKA Gay?
No, AKA is neither gay nor is he bisexual. He is of a straight sexual orientation through which he has had several ladies in his life. Though he is single, Forbes was engaged to Nelli Tembe before her death. In addition to this, he has a daughter with DJ Zinhle known as Kairo Olwethu Forbes.
Talking of his professional career, everything of his merit is on his music career which turned out to be his professional career. AKA is a renowned rapper, songwriter, singer, record producer, and entrepreneur.
Together with his friends, they created the Entity Hip-Hop music group while in their high school. However, the group split in 2006 after which Kiernan went to study Sound Engineering. During this same year, he founded The I.V League together with other 2 people.
I.V League signed several artists including Khuli Chana, JR. and ProKid. In 2009, Forbes released 3 songs which include; ‘I Do’, ‘In My Walk’, and ‘Mistakes’. In 2010, he released his first debut studio album known as ‘Altar Ego’. The album featured 2 pre-released singles which included ‘All I Know’ and ‘Victory Lap’.
The single ‘Victory Lap’ in his first debut album became a great success as it topped the local radio charts in South Africa. His album ‘Altar Ego’ got released officially on 23 August 2011 through which it was certified gold by RiSA due to its success. The album won several accolades and AKA also won several awards due to the success of his album.
In 2014, he released his second album, ‘Levels’ which featured 4 singles including; ‘Jealousy’, ‘Kontrol’, ‘Congratulate’, and ‘Run Jozi (Godly)’. In 2016, he released his lead single ‘The World is Yours’. He also collaborated with Anatii in releasing an album known as ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’ released in July 2017. The album featured 3 singles including; ’10 Fingers’, ‘Don’t Forget to Pray’, and ‘Holy Mountain’.
In 2018, he released the album ‘Touch My blood’ which featured pre-released singles such as ‘The world is Yours’, ‘Caiphus Song’, ‘Star Signs’, ‘Fela in Versace’, ‘Beyonce’, and ‘Sweet Fire’. The album features several South African Artists who including; Yanga Chief, L-Tido, JR, Stogie T, Kwesta, and Okmalumkoolkat. It also features the Nigerian artist and producer Kiddominant.
In April 2019, AKA got featured in a WWE live event in Johannesburg and Cape Town. He also got featured in the roastee in Comedy Central SA annual roast special in February 2019. In November 2020, he released another album known as ‘Bhovamania’ got released which featured 4 singles including ‘Phython’, ‘Energy’, ‘Monuments’ and ‘Cross My Heart’.
Some of the most popular songs by AKA include
- Victory Lap
- All I Know
- I Do
- In My Walk
- Run Jozi (Godly)
- The World is Yours
- Caiphus Song
- Star Signs
- Fela in Versace
- Sweet Fire
- 10 Fingers
- Don’t Forget to Pray
- Holy Mountain
- Cross My Heart
AKA Rapper Music Albums
- Altar Ego
- Be Careful What You Wish For
- Touch My Blood
Awards and Achievements
AKA has had a great successful career through which he has won many awards among receiving many nominations due to his successful career. Some of the major awards won by AKA include the following;
- In 2020, he won the Music Video of the Year Award in for the AKA-Jika ft YangaChief in the 26th South African Music Awards
- In 2019, he won the Pan African Artist of the Year in the Namibia Annual Music Awards 2019
- In 2019, he also won the Favourite South African Star for the 2019 Kids’ Choice Awards
- In 2016, he won the Best Collaboration and the Best Hit Single together with the Baddest on the 15th Metro FM Music Awards
- In 2015, he won the Video of the Year with the Anatii in the 4th South African Hip Hop Awards
- In 2015, he also won the Most Valuable Artists for the 4th South African Hip Hop Awards with 3 gold singles and 1 gold album
- In 2015, he also won the Song of the year one with the Anatii and another with Baddest
- In 2014, he won the Best Male Southern Africa together with Best Collaboration on the African Music Magazine Awards
- In 2014, he also won the Best Collaboration on the MTV Africa Music Awards
- In 2014, he also won the Best Male Artists in the 21st South African Music Awards for his Levels album
- In 2013, he won the Best Male Artist in the 18th South African Music Awards on his Altar Ego album.
Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of AKA in 2024
Kiernan Jarryd Forbes mainly known as AKA has an estimated net worth of $12 Million. This is from the fortunes he has made in his professional career as a rapper, songwriter, singer, and record producer.
He has released several albums which have gained much popularity hence making enormous sales. As a result, the sales have highly contributed to his net worth. In addition to this, AKA also has been featured in several live events such as WWE in Johannesburg and Cape Town which are well paying.
The estimated net worth of AKA in Rands is 178 Million Rands. AKA owns several houses in South Africa and owns some of the best car models in South Africa. Some of his car collections are mainly BMW which he loves very much.
Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know
- He co-parents together with DJ Zinhle on the daughter they got while in a relationship
- AKA is one of the richest rappers and musicians in South Africa
- Forbes is known for his controversial comments and the ‘bad boy’ image
Having had much success in his career, Kiernan Jarryd Forbes or AKA as popularly known has proved to be one of the most successful musicians in South Africa. He has remained relevant to his fans in his career on every bit of song he releases. His fans are always eager to hear the next song he is to release.