King Charles granted the prestigious Order of the British Empire (OBE) to John Kani, a star in South Africa’s cultural history.
The British High Commissioner in Pretoria, Antony Phillipson, announced the award as an “extremely well-deserved” tribute to Kani’s illustrious 60-year career as an actor, author, director and playwright.
Kani’s rich history, from modest beginnings in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth (now Gqeberha) to the cinematic landscapes of Hollywood — most notably as King T’Chaka in “Black Panther” — was acknowledged with this honour.
His artistry in “Kunene and the King” was particularly praised by Phillipson, who recounted the privilege of attending a recent performance.
A grateful Kani said he was “deeply moved” by the international recognition.
Compiled by staff writer