Renowned South African actor and playwright, John Kani, has recently been honored with the prestigious Order of the British Empire (OBE), a recognition of his outstanding contributions to the world of arts and culture.

Kani’s remarkable career, marked by his exceptional talent and commitment to promoting diversity in the arts, has earned him this distinguished accolade.

Kani’s influence in the world of theater and film spans decades, with notable performances that have left an indelible mark on audiences worldwide. His commitment to using the arts as a vehicle for social change and his dedication to breaking down cultural barriers have set him apart as a trailblazer in the industry.

The OBE is a testament to his impact, not only in his home country of South Africa but on the global stage.

“When you get the call that on the list presented to you to King Charles III, your name has been confirmed, you think, alright, my god, this is good, this is great, actually, but then you pretend that maybe it’s just another award.”When you get the call that on the list presented to you to King Charles III, your name has been confirmed, you think, alright, my god, this is good, this is great, actually, but then you pretend that maybe it’s just another award,” Kani stated.

In addition to the OBE, Kani has received numerous accolades, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the South African Film and Television Awards and the Order of Ikhamanga Silver for his contributions to the theatre during the struggle for a non-racial, non-sexist, and democratic South Africa.

For almost 60 years, the veteran actor has been one of South Africa’s most renowned actors, authors, directors, and playwrights.