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John Kani knighted with the Order of the British Empire



John Kani

In a grand acknowledgement of his outstanding contribution to drama, the legendary South African actor and playwright, Sir John Kani, has been knighted with the prestigious Order of the British Empire (OBE) by King Charles III. The announcement, made by the British High Commissioner in Pretoria, Antony Phillipson, reverberated through the cultural landscape. It marked a high point in Kani’s illustrious 60-year career according to AllAfrica.

John Kani

Sir John Kani, known for his powerful performances that transcend borders, expressed his deep gratitude for the international recognition. “I am deeply moved by this honour,” he shared, reflecting on a career that has captivated audiences worldwide.

From his roots in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, to the cinematic throne as King T’Chaka in ‘Black Panther,’ Kani’s journey has been nothing short of extraordinary. Sport, Arts, and Culture Minister Zizi Kodwa extended his congratulations. He emphasized Kani’s role in shaping South Africa’s identity.

John Kani


Kani’s influence on the country’s cultural fabric, from his breakthrough in the anti-apartheid play ‘Sizwe Banzi Is Dead’ to recent masterpieces like ‘Kunene and the King,’ has been profound.

Source: The southafrican


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