Peter Mensah Biography - Profile, Age, Education, Movies, Family line, Country

Peter Mensah born on 27 August, 1959 in Chiraa, Ghana is a Ghanaian-British actor. He was born to parents of Brong Ahafo Region in Ghana. He is of an academic family. The father is an Engineer and his mother a Writer, has two younger sisters. Peter started the act of Marshal at a tender age of six and landed him at a great height.

Mensah is best known for his roles in Tears of the Sun, Hidalgo, 300, and Sgt. Zach Hammond in Dead Space, and more recently on the Starz original series,  Oenomaus in Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, and Spartacus: Vengeance.

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Ato Essandoh Biography - Profile, Age, Education

Ato Essandoh is a UK born Ghanaian multi talented being as he is an American Television and film actor, playwright, and author. He was  born on 29 July, 1972 in  Schenectady,  New York. Essandoh attended New Rochelle High School in 1990. He received a B.Sc in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University. During his study at school he joined the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at Cornell University.

He also studied acting at the Acting Studio in New York City. Among his work is "Black Thang" which is published in the anthology Plays and Playwrights in the year 2003. 

 Ato is also the co-founder of The Defiant Ones writing and performance group.

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Gcina Mhlophe Biography - Age, Books, Poems, Short Stories

Legendary Queen of African tales Nokugcina Elsie Mhlophe is a South African anti-apartheid activist, actress, storyteller, poet, playwright, director and author who was born on 24th October, 1958. As storytelling is a traditional activity in Africa, Mhlophe is one of the few woman storytellers in the country. She does her work through charismatic performances, working to preserve storytelling as a means of keeping history alive and encouraging South African children to read. She uses four South African languages; English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Xhosa. to tell her stories.

Mhlophe first started her working life as a domestic servant. Later she worked as a newsreader at the Press Trust and BBC Radio, then as a writer for Learn and Teach, a magazine for newly-literate people.

As time began to unfold coupled with several experiences, Mhlophe was inspired to turn to a career as storyteller. She credits her storytelling ability to her grandmother, who brought her up in Durban.
She began to get a sense of the demand for stories while in Chicago in 1988. She performed at a library in a mostly-black neighbourhood, where an increasing number of audience kept inviting her back. Still, Mhlophe only began to think of storytelling as a career after meeting an Imbongi, one of the legendary poets of African folklore, and after encouragement by Mannie Manim, the then-director of the Market Theatre, Johannesburg.

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Since then Mhlophe has appeared in theatres from Soweto to London and much of her work has been translated into German, French, Italian, Swahili and Japanese. Mhlophe has travelled extensively in Africa and other parts of the world giving storytelling workshops.
Mhlophe's stories is a combination of folklore, information, current affairs, song and idiom. She established an initiative in 2002 called Zanendaba (Bring me a story) which is a collaboration with the Market Theatre and READ, a national literacy organization which develops young talents to carry forward the work of storytelling through the  Initiative.

Mhlophe focuses on making books available to poor South African rural communities by making sure that libraries are built, and making sure they are stocked with locally and culturally relevant books. Mhlophe currently serves as the patron of ASSITEJ South Africa, the International Association for Theatre for Children and Young People

Below are some of Mhlophe's work:

  • 1991, Ashoka Fellowship (social entrepreneurship innovator)
  • 1993, Music for Little People (CD)
  • 1993, reader voice Not so fast, Songololo (videorecording), Weston Woods, Weston CT, Scholastic 
  • 1994, The Gift of the Tortoise (contributed to the Ladysmith Black Mambazo album)
  • 1997, Poetry Africa, presenting poet
  • 1999, guest speaker at the Perth Writers Festival
  • 2000, performed in Peter und der Wolf at the Komische Oper (Berlin)
  • Wrote music for her SABC TV series Gcina & Friends
  • 2002, Fudukazi's Magic screened in Durban at the African Union Film Festival
  • 2002, The Bones of Memory (performance, history-telling from the old and new South Africa)
  • 2003, lectured on storytelling at the Eye of the Beholder seminar
  • 2003, Mata Mata (performance, family musical)
  • 2006, FIFA World Cup South African handover ceremony, Germany

Mhlophe has also won several awards and recognition. In 1991 she was nominated for the Noma Award for Queen of the Tortoises. She also wonBook Chat Award for Molo Zoleka, OBIE Theatrical Award (New York) for Born in the RSA, Fringe First Award (Edinburgh) for Have you seen Zandile?
Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actress (Chicago) for Have you seen Zandile? and Sony Award for Radio Drama from BBC Radio Africa for Have you seen Zandile?
She was chosen as one of BBC's 100 Women in 2016.

In addition to her works, Mhlophe has also written many books including:

  1. Mhlophe, Gcina. Fudukazi's Magic. Cambridge University Press, 2000 (CD – lyrics and music, performance, for German audiences)
  2. Mhlophe, Gcina. Nozincwadi, Mother of Books. Maskew Miller Longman, 2001. (CD and book, South African roadshow to rural schools)
  3. Mhlophe, Gcina. African Mother of Christmas. Maskew Miller Longman, 2002. (CD and book)
  4. Mhlophe, Gcina. Love Child. Durban: University of Natal Press, 2002. (Memoir, collection of stories)
  5. Margaret Daymond et al. (eds). Women Writing Africa: the southern region. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press, 2002.
  6. Mhlophe, Gcina. Stories of Africa. University of Natal Press, 2003. (Children's book)
  7. Mhlophe, Gcina. Queen of Imbira. Maskew Miller Longman. (Children's book)
  8. Mhlophe, Gcina . " Songs & stories of Africa – South African Music Awards Winner 2010 for Best English Kids Album – African Cream Music.

Mhlophe is married and has a daughter named Khwezi Heike.
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Dena Kaplan Biography - Age,Movies and TV, Sisters

Dena Amy Kaplan is a South African-born Australian actress, singer dancer, and DJ who was born on 20th January, 1989 She is best known for her role as Abigail Armstrong in Dance Academy.

Dena comes from a family of artistes and TV personalities. Her mother and grandmother were both ballet dancers, her father was a musician and her grandfather was an actor. She has an older sister Gemma-Ashley Kaplan and a younger sister Ariel Kaplan who are actresses and dancers. Ariel Kaplan is best known for her role as Lisa Atwood #2 on The Saddle Club. Dena was motivated to start taking ballet lesson after watching Gemma and she followed in her footsteps.

Dena moved to Australia in 1996, at age seven and currently she lives in Sydney, Australia.
She attended Mount Scopus Memorial College and had dance training at numerous schools, including Australian Ballet School, Jane Moore Academy of Ballet and City Dance Centre. Her first appearance onstage was alongside David Campbell in The Production Company's Carousel where she played Louise, a non-singing solo ballet part in the second act of the show. Her second major appearance was as a dancer/singer in Disney's musical production of The Lion King. She moved to New York City to study at the Ailey School and Broadway Dance Center, and was cast in a Broadway musical, but was unable to accept the offer.

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Her first television role was in 2005 on the Network Ten spy series Scooter: Secret Agent as one of the party girls. In 2007, she made yet another appearance as Deborah Statesman in an episode of Australian police drama City Homicide. In 2009, Dena played Keli in an episode of Flight Of The Conchords  and starred in the film In Her Skin alongside Rebecca Gibney. In 2010, she was cast in the series "Dance Academy" and in that same year was cast as Stephanie Wolfe in City Homicide. In 2011, Dena starred as the love interest in Chris Sebastian's music video for "Flow". During 2013 she was cast in the role of Sarah Brennen in Camp.

Dena Kaplan is an ambassador for Soi Dog Foundation and Dena together with her sisters are ambassadors for The Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation.

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Michelle Van Der Water Bio - Age, Movies

Dazzling Michelle Van Der Water is a South African actress born in Cape Town. After her birth, her family moved to Australia where they settled in a small town just an hour outside of Sydney.

Michelle attended and graduated from Inaburra High School in the Sutherland Shire before going on to attend Wollongong University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Graphic Design and New Media.

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Michelle first started out modeling in Sydney while taking acting classes on the side. This enkindled her passion for acting and she continued training in the field as soon as she moved permanently to Los Angeles.

Michelle's professional acting career began in 2000. She has featured in various movies and TV series. Michelle starred in the horror film Minotaur (2006) alongside Tom Hardy and Tony Todd. She also starred in the 2009 revival of the series Melrose Place (2009),  Castle  and NCIS: Los Angeles.

She continues studying acting at the John Kirby Studio in Hollywood.
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Ecow Smith Asante Biography - Profile, Age, Education, Love gist, Movies

A Ghanaian Actor, Ecow Smith Asante having his other names as Gabriel Joseph. He was born on 15 April, 1973 at Takoradi, Ghana. He has his height to be 5.9 Feet, Chocolate in complexion. He is of a family of four. He currently resides in Legon area of Ghana, he is mainly into Acting as his full profession, a Christian by religion. He speaks English, Akan, Ga. He dream and work more to becoming a better Actor and superb in Movie Production & Consultancy. He has his Goals and Aspirations as follows; Production Designer/Consultant. He is single at the moment.

Looking at his Educational Background, he had his Diploma and B.FA both from University of Ghana. A brief look into hobbies and special skills; Reading, Watching movies, Partying and Driving, Socialization respectively.  

Taking a look at his roles and movies featured in; Wicked Intentions, Brave Soul, Mummy’s Daughter, , Church On Fire, Passion of the Soul, Darkness Of Sorrow, Royal Battle, Deadly Decision just to mention but a few.

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Anel Alexander Biography - Age, Husband, 7 de Laan, School

Award winning South African actress and producer, Anel Alexander (formerly known as Anel Flett) was born on November 26, 1979.She is popularly known for her role as Liesl in the movie 7de Laan.
She is a graduate of the University of Pretoria currently lives in Johannesburg.

Anel won the best supporting actress in the ATKV teen acting competition when she was still in high school. After playing Liesl in 7de Laan, she also starred in a couple of romantic comedies, namely Semi-Soet and Klein Karoo. She equally starred in Discreet (2008), Getroud met rugby.

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In 2013, she starred in an Afrikaans drama series called Geraamtes in die kas and later in that year, she won the kykNET Silwerskermfees award for the best supporting actress for her role in Faan Se Trein.

Anel is married to James Alexander.
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Kasha Kropinski Biography - Age, Ballet, Movies and TV Shows

Kasha Kropinski (originally born as Katarzynka Kropiński ) is a South African-born actress, voice over artist and a classical ballerina who was born on 27th August, 1991.

Kasha was born in South Africa to Jacek Kropiński (a film maker) and Debbie Cochrane. Jacek (former international model).
Kasha began acting at the age of 6, performing lead roles on stage with a Cape Town theatre troupe, Stage craft. Her roles included Christopher Robin, Peter Rabbit, Noddy, Mowgli, Frankie Fox in Fantastic Mr Fox, earning her high praise from theatre critics.
Kasha excelled academically with distinctions in Trinity College London Drama exams and at the same time performed in Ballet Eisteddfods and earned 5 gold medal awards

At the age of 9, she moved to Los Angeles with her family where she began doing guest roles on TV: Angel, Without a Trace, State of Grace, Crossing Jordan, ER, The Shield, Dirt, and Zoey 101. She also did ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement, or Additional Dialogue Recording: a form of audio dubbing) work for features Big Fish, The Hunted, The Village and Mrs. Harris. She voiced the puppy Penny in Disney’s 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure and Miss Holly in Disney’s Prep and Landing Holiday Special. She also continued with her ballet and danced roles in the 2003 and 2004 productions of the Nutcracker ballets

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After her graduation from Carpenter Avenue Elementary School in Studio City, she received the President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence.  She continued her schooling via a home-school program to enable her meet up with her ballet and acting schedule and there she was offered to join the National Honor Society.

Kasha was chosen to perform the lead role in the proposed Andrew Lippa musical, A Little Princess, and took part in a Broadway presentation for investors in New York at the age of 11.
Kasha was cast in the South African film The Story of an African Farm as one of the lead characters Lyndall, playing opposite Richard E. Grant and Armin Mueller-Stahl. This movie was based on the classic literary work by Olive Schreiner and filmed in the Little Karoo semi-desert outside Cape Town, South Africa

Kasha equally attended the Royal Ballet summer school in England, the San Francisco Ballet summer school and was a finalist in Tomoorow's Stars which showcases the very best young adult performers from Southern California in music, dance and voice. She appeared in the 2009 movie Fame in the role of Ballerina
In the summer of 2009, Kasha attended the LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) summer school in London, England, and on returning to Los Angeles, danced two roles in the ballet Cinderella

Kasha was cast as Ruth Cole in the AMC TV series Hell on Wheels on 2011, a show about the community that worked in the mobile encampment which followed the First Transcontinental Railroad across America.

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Yo-Landi Visser Biography - Age, Daughter, Albums

Yo-Landi Visser (real name Anri du Toit) is a South African film actress and the female vocalist in the electronic group Die Antwoord who was born on 1st December, 1984ce. She featured in the 2015 South African film Chappie. She was adopted by a minister and his wife and she also has a daughter with her band mate Ninja.

Visser was a participant in the music and art group "The Constructus Corporation," a collaborative multi-media project, creating a graphic novel with a soundtrack and live show. She also has worked with South African 'corporate' hip-hop group, appearing in several of their music/art video projects in the role of Max Normal's personal assistant.

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Die Antwoord is a South African rap group formed in Cape Town in 2008 by rappers Ninja and Visser, and producer God (formerly referred to as DJ Hi-Tek). The group released their debut album $O$ in 2009 and the album was made freely available online and attracted international attention and landed them a contract with Interscope Records for their music video for "Enter the Ninja". After briefly signing with Interscope Records, in 2011 they founded their own record label "Zef Recordz", and released their second and third studio albums, Ten$Ion (2012) and Donker Mag (2014). They released their fourth album, Mount Ninji and da Nice Time Kid, in 2016 and The Book of ZEF (2017).

Visser co-starred in Umshini Wam and Tokoloshe in 2011, both of which co-starred band mate Watkin Tudor Jones a.k.a. NINJA. Under her birth name, Visser also made two short films, Family Picnic (1998) and Spook Asem(2004).

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Tomiwa Sage Kukoyi Biography - Profile, Age, Awards, Movies, Education

Tomiwa Kukoyi popularly known as Tomiwa Sage Kukoyi, a Nigerian actor and comedian who graduated of University of Ibadan from the department of Theatre Arts. He is a fast  growing Nigerian actor and comedian. From family of five (two brothers and two sister) He grew up in a multi-cultural environment (Military Barracks), where he lived and got himself acquitted with coping with life's up and down. His father was a Military man. He experienced life from both sides that is; the Good, the Bad and the Urgly.

He came into Entertainment industry as he was so inquisitive from child hood and has always been the funny type from birth. This young comedian had the dream of becoming a Rapper or Military Officer but fate changed his profession. Tomiwa has performed both locally and internationally.

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Hafiz Oyetoro aka: Saka Biography - Profile, Age, Family gist, Education

Born on 20 August, 1963 in Iseyin Local Government Area of Oyo State (South West region of Nigeria). This is the person of Hafiz Oyetoro aka: Saka. He obtained a Bachelor and Master of Art degree in Theatre art from Obafemi Awolowo University and the University of Ibadan respectively. He is currently on a doctorate degree at the University of Ibadan. 

Hafiz is married to Olaide Oyetoro and are blessed with two sons and one daughter. Abdullahi Oyetoro and Munim Oyetoro, and a daughter Rufiat Oyetoro respectively.

This renown Nigeria actor was once called upon for a ministerial appointment offer during the His Excellency Ebele Jonathan' regime but he turned the offer down to him, due to some reason of equity. 

Oyetoro has featured has done so many work in the world of entertainment, among which are; Ojukokoro, The Wedding Party 1 and 2 and many others.

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Milan Murray Biography - Age, Book, Husband, Movies

South African actress, writer and producer, Margaretha Murray popularly known as Milan Murray was born on 30th October, 1974 and raised in Cape Province, South Africa. She is mostly well known to the for her roles in various soap operas, but she has also played and starred in feature films, and regularly does stage performances. In addition she co-anchors "Ontbytsake", a weekly Breakfast show on kykNET, an Afrikaans channel on DStv. Milan lives in Johannesburg with her husband, Schalk van der Merwe, her son Steph and daughter Lua.

Milan studied Drama at the Pretoria Technicon, and also studied at certain studios in New York City, United States. She had her big break in 1999 when she cast a role in the South African soap opera, Isidingo: The Need in which she portrayed a rebellious teenager named Dusty da Silva from 1998 to 2001. She was then written out of the series but later made a comeback portraying the same character as a university student from 2003 to 2004. Milan also played in two small horror films, "Slash" in which she plays Karen and "Snake Island" in which she plays Carrie. She played the romantic lead "Sage" in the M-Net film "Murmur".

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Her first large Afrikaans role was in the television drama series Song vir Katryn, where she played a crime reporter. Other Afrikaans drama roles include the soap opera Binnelanders (Frankie van Niekerk) and television drama Dit Wat Stom Is (Melanie van den Berg).
Milan is a popular face in South African movies and has played in several stage productions. She starred in her own one-man show, 'n Pers hoed vir Mrs Brown. In 2005 she portrayed the role of a Hollywood actress named Christel Humanin, the stage production Kom terug, Saartjie, which played at the Klein-Karoo Nasionele Kunstefees of that year. The play is loosely based on some parts of actress Charlize Theron's life.

In 2010 she starred in two productions at the ABSA Klein-Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees: "Taraboemdery" and "Vergenoeg" with vintage actress Sandra Prinsloo.
Milan is currently co-host of the kykNET breakfast show Ontbytsake and also stars in the M-Net drama "The Wild" set on a Game lodge in South Africa. She plays the role of Kate, a mother of a 10-year-old girl who has put her own happiness on the back burner for her husband's passion for wild life conservation. Milan left the soap in its second season and returned for a few guest spots in The Wild's final year and again returned for its finale in March 2013. In 2015, she played Amelia Malan in an Afrikaans romantic comedy titled "Mooirivier".

Milan recently released her first book called "Koemelaat: 'n Sanity-joernaal van 'n Nuwe Ma"which deals with issues around being a first time mom.

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Owen Sejake Biography - Profile, Age, Movies

Owen Lebakeng Sejake is an actor from South Africa, Born in Daveyton, a township in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan of Gauteng, Owen has had a lengthy career as an actor, performing roles in film, television and theatre since 1971. He is best known for his roles in the television drama series Yizo Yizo, Ke Nake, Soul City, Zone 14 and Fallen, all of which aired on SABC1 and as Gumboot Dlamini in Gavin Hood film Tsotsi

Looking at his list of movies both local and internationally, the  film career includes international films as; Ocean Harvest, Mandela and De Klerk, Africaine Adventures, Shot Down, Hijack Stories, Crime in Gabon and director by John Boorman’s film.

Awards won by this actor are as follows; Best Supporting Actor award at the Monaco International Film Festival.

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Ofiafuluagu Mbaka Biography - Profile, Movies

Ofia Afuluagu Mbaka is a Nigerian actor, His father was Chief Dennis O. Mbaka, the Ofia'afuluagu Nkemakonam 1 of Etiti Amokwe, Enugu State. He died and was buried in June, 2004. He hail from Enugu State, Eastern region of Nigeria. This actor is a former chairman of the Enugu State chapter of the Actors Guild of Nigeria.

Talking about his career how it all started. Mbaka was in a seminary school at mid-way, he suddenly diverted into Nigeria entertainment industry. He is married to his girl friend who is a native of Benin, Edo State.

Ofia has featured in so many movies among which are; Heaven After Hell, My Idol, Wind of Glory, Church Business, Beyond the Verdict 2, Beyond the Verdict and Wind of Glory just to mention but a few.

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Antoinette Louw Biography - Age, Wiki

Vintage Acterss Antoinette Louw was born on May 9, 1975 in Pretoria, South African. She is best known for her role as "Inge", the manager of the boutique in the popular South African soap opera 7de Laan. Her parents, Dap Louw and Anet Louw, are professors in psychology and have written psychology handbooks for South African universities together. Her younger brother, Dap, is also a doctor in urology and an Iron man finisher.

Antoinette was raised in Potchefstroom, Vanderbijlpark and Bloemfontein, and she also attended school in the United States of America where as father did research and teaching at various universities. In 1991, her family moved to Bloemfontein, and Antoinette matriculated in 1993 at Sentraal Hoërskool, Bloemfontein. She studied drama at the University of the Free State (UOFS) and received her degree cum laude in 1996.

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In her third year in the university, she tried her hand as producer and director of the play, The Woman Who Cooked her Husband, a black comedy by the British playwright Debbie Issit. The production was invited to perform in London at the Courtyard Theatre. During her studies she was also awarded the:

  • André du Plessis award for best second year drama student
  • South African Theatre Journal award for best third year drama student
  • Elsa Krantz award for best drama student 1994-1996
  • UOFS Merit Bursary for Arts and Culture
  • UOFS Honorary Colours for Arts and Culture

She later returned to South Africa after a few months in London and studied film acting at the South African School of Film and Dramatic Arts (AFDA) under the direction of award winning playwright, Deon Opperman. There she landed the lead in the M-Net shortfilm, Skidmarks. She was awarded both the AFDA and M-Net Awards for Best Film Actress for her role as Stacey, a second rate beauty queen.

After AFDA, she took a break from the entertainment industry for a couple of years during which she lived in Malta, a small Mediterranean island, for a year. Back in South Africa, she decided to go into acting and writing and shortly after her arrival in Johannesburg, she landed the role of "Inge van Schalkwyk" in 7de Laan. The original contract of which was three weeks became two years.

However, after two years on the soap opera, she returned to the stage. Recently she was seen at KKNK, Aardklop and the Volksblad Arts Festival as 'Anna' in the upsetting Dis ek, Anna – the stage adaptation of the book with the same title. Currently she is also in veteran film maker Jan Scholtz' first play, Afspraak, with Paul Eilers in the director’s chair.

Antoinette has starred in movies like:  Jacob’s Cross, Deeltitel Dames, Groen Mamba, Fiesta, Die laaste tango Fiesta, and also in theatre where she has featured in the following:  Engele sonder vlerke,  Die Trommel lead, Simple Bloody Simon, Dis ek, Anna,  Afspraak.

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