Connie Chiume is a South African actress who has won several awards and recognitions.
She is arguably the best actress South Africa has ever seen, thanks to her long career that dates back to Apartheid.
She has been featured in many drama series and TV shows like Gomora and Zone 14 since her debut.
Full name: Connie Temweka Gabisile Chiume
Date of birth: 5 June 1952
Age: 71 years old
Place of birth: Welkom Freestate, South Africa
Children: 4 (four)
Net worth: R45 million
Connie Chiume’s early life, age
The now-old granny was born on 5 June 1952 and is now 71 years old. She was born in Welkom Freestate in South Africa to her late parents, Wright Tadeyo Chiume and MaNdlovu, who passed away in 1983 and 2020, respectively. Originally, Connie’s father was from Nkhala Bay in Malawian, and she went there during childhood.
In her early days, Connie enrolled on nursing before independence but did not finish her course after falling pregnant. She delivered her first child and had to find a new path. She studied teaching and graduated. After graduation, she worked as a teacher for a little while before the war broke out.
The young and ambitious Connie moved abroad, where she worked as a waiter, which launched her acting career. She worked part-time as a waitress while attending to acting duties in the evening, which was the rise of South Africa’s legendary actress.
Connie Chiume’s family, children and grandchildren
Since 1985, Connie has been married to his husband Mabuza who she has four children (two girls and two boys).
Connie now has five grandchildren from her four children, and she has found so much comfort in being a granny. Connie is now enjoying her grandkids’ company more than her children. She goes with them on holidays, and that’s been her pillar of strength at an older age.
Connie Chiume husband, abused, getting married again
After 20 years of marriage, Connie and Mabuza divorced a sad reality to many of Connie’s fans across South Africa. She later opened up about her marriage and stated that Mabuza physically abused her, and she had to go. She also gave a 70-year-old piece of advice to all women living in abusive marriages and encouraged them to move on.
In an Interview with Podcast and MacG, she said that she is in good books with him, and they can talk here and there on the phone when needed. She even said she was open to a new marriage if she found a proper partner, but many fans imagined it was a joke.
Connie Chiume’s Long Career and Awards
Trusted since the late 1980s, Connie is one of the longest-constant faces on South African television. While in the diaspora, she started acting in Porgy and Bess, Ipi Ntombi, and Little Shop of Horrors. Upon returning home, she joined Inkom’ Edla Yodwa as Thembi in 1989 and has been outstanding since then.
Below are Connie’s most popular shows/films she featured
- Black Panther as the mining tribe elder
- Black is King as Connie
- Black Panther – Wakanda Forever – Zawavari
- Zone 14 as Stella Moloi
- Rhythm City as Mamokhete Khuse
- Gomora as Mam’ Sonto
Connie Chiume awards cabinet
Despite a long career, Connie did not win many awards until a few years ago. Despite being recognised by many institutions, Connie only got to hold his most notable awards a few months ago. Undoubtedly, 2022 had been her best year since her debut. She won the epitome of awards both locally and internationally.
Firstly, she won the Lifetime Achievement award from SAFTAS (South African Film and Television Awards). In the same year, she went on to win that same Lifetime achievement award from Hollywood and African Prestigious Awards. At the end of 2022, on a high note, she received another third Lifetime Achievement award at the GQ Men of The Year Awards.
Connie Chiume Net worth
It’s clear that, given her profile, Connie racks a lot whenever she gets a local and international role. Connie is exceptionally valued because she has been in business for a long time. As of 2023, Connie Chiume’s net worth is estimated at R45 million.