Kiernan Jarryd Forbes professionally known as Aka was a South African Rapper, record producer, musician, songwriter, and businessman. After releasing the single Victory Lap from his first studio album Altar Ego (2011), he gained recognition.

In this post, we will read more about Aka’s biography, age, height, net worth, relationship, wiki, weight, career, and a lot of him.

Profile Summary
Full NameKiernan Jarryd Forbes
Famous asAka
Date of Birth28 January 1988
Birth PlaceCapetown, South Africa
Death of Date10 February 2023
Age36 Years old
HeightIn Feet & Inches- 5' 8''
In Centimeters- 173cm
In Meters- 1.73m
WeightIn Kilograms- 70kg
Net Worth$15 million
ProfessionRapper, record producer, musician, songwriter, and businessman
ParentsFather- Tony Forbes
Mother- Lynn Forbes
SiblingsBrother- Steffan Forbes
Marital StatusUnknown
ChildrenDaughter- Kairo Olwethu Forbes

Who is Aka?


Kiernan Jarryd Forbes professionally known as Aka who was a South African Rapper, record producer, musician, songwriter, and businessman. He came into the limelight after releasing his single Victory Lap from his debut studio album Altar Ego (2011).

He is also known for his studio albums Levels (2014), Be Careful What You Wish For (2017), Touch My Blood (2018), and Mass Country (2023). Forbes made an appearance on WWE Live as a special guest. Both Capetown and Johannesburg hosted the events in April 2018.

He was one of the well-renowned musicians of his generation and the greatest-selling South African hip-hop artist of all time. Sadly, Forbes was shot and died outside of a restaurant in Durban on 10 February 2023. He had become the icon of today’s youngster but after hearing the news of his death it broke his heart.

Early life of Aka


Aka was born on 28 January 1988 in Capetown, South Africa in a well-reputed family and Christian house. He was raised playing with his siblings in his hometown. He holds the African Nationality.

His father’s name is Tony Forbes and his mother’s name is Lynn Forbes but his parent’s occupation is unknown. He has a brother named Steffan Forbes. However, Aka had not revealed more information regarding his family background.

Aka completed his primary schooling at Holy Cross Convent and Greenside Primary School. Later, he moved to Johannesburg at a very young age and enrolled at St. John College where he completed his High School Education.

Aka pursued his further education in sound engineering. He is of mixed ethnicity and is under the sign of Aquarius.

Aka Age

Aka was 36 years old when he died on 10 February 2023. In his mid-30s, he had already made a name for himself in the rapping and music industry with hit songs and music.

At this young age, Forbes had achieved a great position in the world and had achieved a lot in his life.

Aka Height and Weight

Aka’s height was 5 Feet 8 Inches which is equivalent to 173 centimeters and 1.73 meters. His weight was around 70 kg.

He had black colored eyes black hair and which attractive body which showed him a good personality.

Aka Career


Aka began his career in the music industry in 2002. Forbes and his two friends formed the hip-hop group Entity. The group received a KORA award nomination for the best African hip-hop category.

In 2006, Forbes and two other people started a production collaborative called I.V League. Production credit for several acts such as JR, ProKid, and Khuli Chana, was given to the I.V league.

Afterward in 2009, Forbes released three singles: My Walk, I Do, and I Want It All. On 28 July 2010, Aka released the lead song off his first studio album Altar Ego, which is titled I Want It All. Additionally, two tracks from the albums Victory Lap and All I Know were released earlier than expected.

When Victory Lap topped local radio charts in South Africa, it became well-known. Because of its popularity, the album was recognized with multiple awards in 2011, including the Metro FM award for best hip-hop.

Throughout his career, Forbes achieved many awards as Best Male Artist of the Year at the 2012 South African Music Awards, MTV African Music Awards, African Muzik Magazine Awards, 29th South African Music Awards, etc.

Aka was active on every social media handle like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. On his Instagram account, and has more than 3.4 million followers. His Facebook account has more than 1 million followers.

Aka Death

On 10 February 2023, Aka had planned to perform At Durban’s Yogo Nightclub as part of his birthday celebration.

Tebello Motsoano was one of the friends whom Forbes and his companions were waiting outside Wish, a restaurant on Florida Road at around ten o’clock that evening.

The gunman approached them, shot Forbes in the head, and then killed Motsoano with additional gunfire from his partner, who was waiting by Forbes’s car. Then, the two gunmen ran away from the site.

Forbes and Motsoano were declared dead on the spot. However, the identity of Forbes’ killer is still a mystery. After his sudden death, a large number of people including his supporters paid their tributes to him.

Aka Song


Here was some song by Aka.

  • Victory Lap
  • Sweet Fire
  • Ladies in Pimps Too
  • One Time
  • Magriza
  • Finessin’
  • F.R.E.E.
  • I Want It All
  • Bang
  • Fully In
  • Dreamwork
  • StarSigns
  • Congratulate
  • Cross My Heart
  • Jika
  • Prada
  • Composure
  • Fela In Versace
  • Lemons
  • 10 Fingers
  • The World Is Yours
  • Run Jozi
  • African Man
  • Paradise
  • Energy
  • Cross My Heart
  • Dreamwork
  • Make Me Sing

Aka Relationship

Aka began dating DJ Zinhle who was a popular producer, and social media star, at the end of 2014. Aka and Zinhle had a daughter together and gave birth to a daughter named Kairo Olwethu Forbes in August 2015.

Aka and Zinhle separated a few months after the birth of their daughter. Later, he made a connection with Bonang Matheba who was a famous actress, presenter on television, radio host, and social media star from Africa but they parted ways in December 2017.

At the end of 2018, Aka and Zinhle reconnected. However, they split up once more in 2019. Later, Aka proposed to Nelli Tembe his girlfriend. He declared his engagement on 21 February 2021 on his Instagram handles. But Tembe committed suicide on 11 April 2021.

After that, Aka dated Nadia Nakai who was a rapper and television personality. According to some sources, Aka dated Nadia from 2022 until his death.

Aka Net Worth


Aka estimated net worth was around $15 million at the time of his death. He had many sources of income but primarily he earned wealth through his rapping and music career and also he attended many concerts.

Additionally, Aka ran many businesses where he earned massive money. He was also active on social media sites where he earned by doing paid promotions and advertisements.

Aka lived a lavish lifestyle here he had his own branded mansion and luxurious car.

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Facts about Aka

  • Aka, real name Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, was a famous South African rapper, record producer, musician, songwriter, and businessman.
  • He gained fame with his single “Victory Lap” from the debut album “Altar Ego” in 2011.
  • Forbes released studio albums like “Levels,” “Be Careful What You Wish For,” “Touch My Blood,” and “Mass Country.”
  • Aka was a guest on WWE Live in Capetown and Johannesburg in April 2018.
  • He was the top-selling South African hip-hop artist and a well-renowned musician of his generation.
  • Tragically, Forbes was shot and died outside a Durban restaurant on February 10, 2023.
  • Forbes, born in Capetown in 1988, completed his education in sound engineering and was an Aquarius.
  • Forbes had achieved significant success in the music industry before his untimely death.
  • Aka’s height was 5’8″, and he weighed around 70 kg with attractive features.
  • Forbes began his music career in 2002, co-founding the hip-hop group Entity, and achieved numerous awards throughout his career.

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