Abena Ayivor

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(1975-) Actress for stage and TV.


Born in Zambia to a Ghanaian father and Zambian mother, and grew up in a big family of eight children in the Eastern Cape.


Studied for a BA degree in law at the University of Cape Town, but dropped out to complete a two year diploma in Drama and Presentation at City Varsity. Abena moved to Johannesburg in 1999.


Her first job was as stand-in for Angela Bassett during technical rehearsals for the film of Boesman and Lena (2000).

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


Her stage debut as actress was for Pieter Toerien, playing "Claudia" in Honour (Joanna Murray-Smith, 2004).


Played "Lerato" in the TV soap Generations, 1999 to 2003.

Then followed parts in the medical series Jozi H, The Royal, a British series, "Dineo" in Isidingo, the BBC miniseries Blood and Oil, Wild At Heart, Jacob's Ladder,


The Mamtsotsi Bird (Jo Horn), Machine Gun Preacher (2010),

Awards, etc



Honour programme notes in 2004.

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