Alfred Nokwe

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Alfred Nokwe (1936-2008) Actor who was based in KwaZulu-Natal.


He was born in Port St Johns and moved to Durban with his mother when he was five. He was married to actress Patti Nokwe. Daughter Tu Nokwe, an acclaimed performer and vocalist. Other famous Nokwe children include the late musician Papi Nokwe (1955-2005), Mango Groove member Marilyn Nokwe and granddaughter, musician Ayanda Nhlangothi.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

His first professional production was in a cameo role in Alan Paton's Mkhumbane directed by Malcolm Woolfson, after which he was part of a hand-picked group of 20 or so talented young actors who received tuition from Professor Elizabeth Sneddon, Joan Little, David Horner, Professor Pieter Scholtz and many others.

He has appeared in TV dramas such as Ifa LakwaMthethwa and Shaka Zulu.

He served on the panel of judges for the Vita Awards, KZN region, in the late 1990s.

Awards, etc.

Vita Award (KZN) `Master Harold and the Boys' (best actor in a supporting role, 1994).

He was awarded Fools Awards's Smart award for lifetime achievement in 2004.

Durban Theatre Award, Lifetime achievement 2008, shared with his wife, Patti.

Heritage Award (theatre), 2009.


Natal Witness, 4 June 2008.

City Press, 8 June 2008.

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

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