Amanda Manku Biography|Age, Early Life and Education, Career, Television Shows, Personal Life
Amanda Manku is a South African television presenter and actress, best known for her acting role as Elizabeth Thobkgale, also known as Lizzy, on the popular drama series Skeem Saam.
She was born on the 9th of August 1991. As of 2024, she is 33 year’s old.
Amanda Manku was born in Zebediela, Limpopo, at Groothoek hospital. She was brought up in Newlands, Johannesburg. After her mother got married when she was five, she was raised in the province of Gauteng. Amanda is the firstborn among her five siblings. She attended Dowling Avenue Primary School in Westbury for her primary education. In grade 5, she received her first achievement certificate, which inspired her to strive for success. She continued her studies at Hoerskool Die Burger in Roodepoort for high school, where she actively participated in various activities such as soccer, tennis, choir, and drama. Despite facing limited support from her teachers, Amanda pursued her passion for the media industry. She went on to study motion picture at AFDA, specializing in film editing, despite initial skepticism from her parents. Her ultimate goal is to become a director/producer.
Amanda Manku began her television career at the age of 16 as a talk show host for Soweto TV. She then worked as a presenter on shows like YOTV, Matrics Uploaded, and the educational program Geleza Nathi. In 2013, she made her acting debut in the second half of the SABC1 drama series Skeem Saam, portraying the character Elizabeth Thobkgale, also known as Lizzy, the principal’s daughter. While landing her role on Skeem Saam, she was completing her final year of studies towards a Bachelors Degree in Motion Picture at AFDA. Amanda has also worked as a presenter on DSTV’s Supersport and collaborated with SuperSport for sports shows. Additionally, she is a film editor and the CEO of AmaScent, a fragrance line.
Throughout her career, Amanda Manku has appeared on various television shows, including:
– Limpopo TV talk show as herself
– Yo TV as herself
– Ikhaya as Mosima
– Skeem Saam as Elizabeth Thobkgale (Lizzy)
– Laduma – Supersport Live matches
In 2017, Amanda Manku announced her pregnancy and shared the news of expecting her first child. She was once in a relationship with professional football player Hendrick Ekstein, also known as ‘Pule’, who previously played as a midfielder for Kaizer Chiefs.
In 2022, Amanda Manku got married to her husband Roger Tau in a beautiful traditional wedding ceremony.
In 2018, Amanda Manku found herself amidst rumors and controversy when media outlets accused her of dating two soccer players simultaneously. The rumors suggested that Amanda Manku was in an unstable relationship with Hendrick Ekstein while also cheating on him with another soccer player, Kabelo Mahlasela. However, Amanda clarified that she had never met Kabelo and stated that the rumors were false. She affirmed her love for Hendrick and emphasized their happy relationship.
Amanda Manku was once rumored to be King Monada’s third wife after their viral pictures sparked speculation. However, both Amanda and King Monada dismissed the claims, explaining that the pictures and clips were from a music video shoot in which Amanda starred as a video vixen for one of Monada’s songs.
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In 2021, Amanda Manku faced immense personal tragedy when she lost both her mother and grandmother on the same day. The tragic event involved the murder of her mother and grandmother by a Police Captain and his police girlfriend, who have since been arrested for the crime.
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