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Nadia Nakai is a Zimbabwean-South African Rapper and TV personality who has a net worth of $2 Million. She is best recognized for her distinctive fashion sense and outstanding stage performances.

Nadia began her musical journey at an early age, honing her abilities by participating in several talent competitions as well as local shows. She came to the spotlight in 2013 after dropping her first single “Like Me”.

What is Nadia Nakai’s Net Worth?

Net Worth$2 Million
BornMay 18, 1990
CountrySouth Africa
Salary (Annual)$400,000
Last Updated2023

Early Life

Nadia Nakai Dlamini was born on May 18th, 1990, in South Africa to a Zimbabwean mother and a South African father. Her parents decided to change her name from her dad’s to her mother’s when she was around 16 years old.

Growing up she discovered her passion for music and began listening to South Africa’s leading artists. After attending Johannesburg’s Fourways High School for a year, she enrolled at Kenya’s high school and graduated from there.

Upon completing high school, Nadia went to Monash University, Johannesburg where she obtained a marketing, and communication degree along with media studies. Around that time she was already making music.


Nakai began her career by participating in the TV show called “Shiz Niz”. She found herself being the first female to win the competition after winning the Mixtape 101 competition.

The turning point of Nakai’s career came in 2013 when she dropped her first song “Like Me”. The music video of the track has thousands of views on YouTube. Her song grabbed the attention of rapper Riky Rick who invited her for the remix version of his song “Amantombazane” in 2014.

Nadia Nakai as seen in a post (Nadia Nakai / Instagram)
Nadia Nakai as seen in a post (Nadia Nakai / Instagram)


Nakai teamed up with rapper Ice Prince to release her third single “Saka Wena” in June 2015. She followed this up by dropping her second song “Whatever” ft DotCom. Later, she collaborated with Cassper Nyovest and released her song “The Man” in August 2016.

Nakai’s debut EP “Bragga” came out in September 2016 that features her previously released single “The Man”. Next year, she earned success after dropping her big hit “Naaa Meaan” with Cassper Nyovest. The track was critically praised and wound up topping charts on numerous South African radio stations.

In early 2019, Nakai began recording her debut album and released a single “Imma Boss” in May of that year. She eventually released her first album “Nadia Nak*d” in June 2019 which featured singles like Money Calling, Kreatures, 40 Bars, and more.

She signed a major deal with Def Jam Africa in May 2020. Nadia Nakai has a net worth of $2 Million. 

Other Ventures

At the end of 2016, Nakai got an opportunity to host the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards red carpet special. Then in 2019, she was named as a co-host for the Yo! MTV Raps South Africa, the MTV Base hip hop show. She appeared on the show along with Siyabonga Ngwekazi.

In 2021 Channel O’s Gen-Z South Africa TV show announced that Nakai would be the host of their first season. Later that year she started building her label after dropping out of Family Tree Records. Apart from that, Nakai appeared on “Young, Famous & African”, a Netflix original reality show in 2022.

Personal Life

Nadia Nakai and the late South African rapper AKA were in a good relationship. The couple dated for a brief period but AKA passed away in February 2023.

Career Highlights

  • Like Me (First song, 2013)
  • Naaa Meaan (Song, 2017)
  • 2018 South African Music Award, Music Video of the Year 1 _ Nomination
  • 2019-2021 South African Hip Hop Awards, Best Female, Best Video _ Won
  • 2019 All Africa Music Awards _ Won

Nadia Nakai Net Worth

Nadia Nakai is a Rapper and television star from South Africa. She earned success in both music and the entertainment industry. Her popularity grew in 2013 when she dropped her first track “Like Me”.

Since then Nakai continued to release one song after another and made a good fortune for herself. She mainly earns from releasing her tracks as well as appearing in music videos for other artists. As of 2023, Nadia Nakai’s net worth is estimated to be $2 Million.

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