Unathi Nkayi Biography: Age, Net Worth, Husband, Child, New Boyfriend, Contact Details, Book, Radio & Music Career

Basic Information

Stage Name: Unathi Nkayi
Real Name: Unathi Nkayi
Occupation: Actress, Singer, Songwriter, TV and Radio Personality, Author, Journalist
Date Of Birth/Age: 06 November 1978 (44 Years Old)
Place of Birth: Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Gender: Female
Nationality: South African
Marital Status:  Thomas Msengana (Divorced)
Education: Victoria Girls High School

University of Utrecht (Netherlands)

Rhodes University (South Africa)


Unathi Nkayi is a popular South African singer, songwriter, actress, TV and radio personality, and journalist. She is best known for being a judge on the popular South African singing competition, Idols South Africa. Unathi Nkayi is also an author and a journalist. Her first book, “I Keep Learning” was co-writen by Kabomo and was released on her birthday, the 6th of November 2019.


Unathi Nkayi was born on the 6th day of November in 1978. She celebrated her 42nd birthday on November 6th, 2020.

Net Worth

The exact estimate of Unathi Nkayi’s net worth is not known to the general public as she is yet to reveal it. However, her many endeavours, ventures and affiliations with brands prove that she has good money in the bank. Several media sites estimate her worth to be between $1m – $3m. Unathi is yet to confirm this estimate.


Unathi Nkayi was previously married to popular radio host and DJ, Thomas Msengana. The couple reportedly met while working together at Kaya FM when the station was started in the 90s. They finally tied the knot in September 19, 2009. Their union was blessed with two children, a son and a daughter.

In 2017, news broke that they had separated. While they kept their divorce private, news broke that Thomas had been sexting a mystery woman in Johannesburg. Later on, reports revealed that sexually explicit photos of Noluthando Thando Dlalisa were found in Thomas’ phone leading to their separation. Unathi also took to social media to call her out for sexting her then husband. Following their highly publicized divorce, the former couple is said to be in good terms with each other.


Unathi and Thomas Msengana’s former marriage was blessed with two beautiful children; a son named Sinako and a daughter named Imboyothando. In 2019, Unathi took to social media to celebrate her daughter’s 8th birthday. She revealed that her daughter’s name means “the origins of love”, and stated that she has “raised her to be quite the queen”.


Following her split from her former husband, Thomas Msengana in 2017, it hasn’t been confirmed if Unathi has been seeing anyone since. She has chosen to keep details of her private life private.

Contact Details

Fans looking to connect with Unathi Nkayi can do so by following her on social media. She is active across various social media platforms including Facebook, and Instagram. Simply follow her to take a peek into her inspiring life.


Unathi Nkayi’s first book was released on her birthday in Novemeber, 2019. It is her memoir and is titled “I Keep Learning”. The book was co-writen by Kabomo who called writing it with Nkayi “a beautiful ride”. The book tells all about Unathi’s life, her tight bond with her family and kids, and the love she shares with the people who she has crossed ways with. It also details her journey through depression, and her recovery process. It talks about abuse towards women, and her success in the media, and in the entertainment industry.


Unathi auditioned for the show, Castle Loud which aired on SABC 1. She landed the role and went on to co-produce it too. This majorly opened doors for her in broadcasting, leading her to work with YFM from 2004 -2020, Metro FM from 2014 to 2017, and Kaya FM in 2020.

Alongside Rowan Cloete, Unathi Nkayi was the co-host of the television series, Popstars. In 2011, she achieved even more recognition after scoring a judge’s seat on the popular singing contest, Idols South Africa. She is currently the longest sitting judge on the show. She has been there through 8 solid seasons and counting.

Unathi attained international status after voicing a character in the Doc McStuffins series, a hit on the channel. She played Rita the Cheetah. Unathi also hosted the popular show, Show Me Love and announced via her Instagram page that her interview with Brenda Mntambo was her second last sit down on the show.

Unathi’s song, “Sghubu” features on the soundtrack for the Oscar-winning South African film, Tsotsi.

Unathi Nkayi is a shareholder at the Lucky Bean. The company is focused on the production of various shows including MasterChef SA, Survivor and Girl Eat World.

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