Richard Lukunku full personal life and career

South African actor Richard Lukunku (born 29 May 1986) is most known for playing Pascal Etana, the manager of the craft market, in the Mzansi Magic serial Inkaba from 2012 to 2013.

Biography of Richard Lukunku

Richard Lukunku Biography
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Full name: Richard Lukunku
Date of birth: 29 May 1986
Place of birth: Democratic Republic of Congo
Education: AFDA (BA in Live Performance)
Height: 1.7m
Occupation: Actor
Known for: Rhythm City, Inkaba, Ashes to Ashes, etc
Spouse: Nozipho Nkelemba
Net worth: Unknown
Nationality: South African Congolese

Early life of Richard Lukunku

Although Richard Lukunku was born in the Congo, he spent most of his formative years in South Africa.

Education of Richard Lukunku

He became interested in acting while he was in Johannesburg, which led him to decide to enroll in AFDA, Johannesburg. He received a BA in live performance upon graduation. [1]

Personal life

Not much is known about Richard Lukunku parents, except that they probably may be Congolese immigrants who came to settle in South Africa. However, this is not confirmed. Richard Lukunku wife is Nozipho Nkelemba. She is an actress and author.

A cute kid and a recently born girl are a blessing to the actor and Nozipho’s marriage. It’s interesting to note that the couple remained secretive about their relationship for a while before beginning to appear together in public in 2017.

The wife of Richard Lukunku is highly known for her performances in Emoyeni (2018), The Forgotten Kingdom (2013), and numerous more popular South African films. She first rose to fame as a cast member of Rhythm City. So it stands to reason that she must have run into Richard, who was also in the cast, while working on site. [2]

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Career of Richard Lukunku

Richard Lukunku Biography
Image of Richard Lukunku alongside actor Tongayi Chirisa

Richard has made several television appearances, notably in the shows Rhythm City, The Mirage of Life, The Quest, and Strike Back. His filmography is broad and includes work on the miniseries Flight of the Storks and the films Blink, Night Drive, History of America, Superhelde, Invisible Children, Skyf the Movie, and Invisible Children.


The internationally recognized actor has scored some prestigious film awards nominations to show for his talent and hard work. In 2013, he was nominated for a Golden Horn Award based on his role in Mshika Shika under Best Actor in a TV Drama.

For his role in Ashes to Ashes, he received a second nomination for the same award in 2016 under the category of Best Supporting Actor in a TV Soap. Then, in 2018, he was nominated for an Africa Movie Academy Award (AMAA) for Best Actor, Supporting Role based on his performance in Daymane Tours. [3]


  • Happiness is a Four-Letter Word
  • Blink
  • Night Drive
  • History of America
  • Superhelde
  • Invisible Children
  • Skyf the Movie
  • Mister BOB
  • Thina Sobabili
  • The Siege of Jadotville.

TV shows

  • Inkaba
  • Mshika-Shika
  • Ashes to Ashes
  • The Mirage of Life
  • The Quest
  • Rhythm City
  • Isidingo
  • The Road Trueurgrond
  • The Girl from St. Agnes
  • Strike Back
  • Flight of the Stocks
  • Black Sails

Social media

This well-known public figure is not particularly obsessed with social media. His Instagram username is still unknown. On the other side, his spouse is more visible on social media. Her @noziphonkelemba Instagram account has more than 16,000 followers.

One of the most in-demand actors in South Africa is Richard Lukunku. The well-known actor gained notoriety in 2015 when he joined the Isidingo cast. He became the first actor to work for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) as well as another channel as a result of this.