Young Famous and African: New African Reality Show on Netflix

Young Famous and African is the new African reality show on Netflix. The cast is made up of rich, famous and African actors & actresses, musicians, social media influencers and socialites from across the African continent. The main cast on the Young Famous & African show includes Khanyi Mbau, Zari Hassan, Swanky Jerry, Andile Ncube, Nadia Nakai and East African bongo musician Diamond Platnumz.

The new African reality show on Netflix is about a group of young, rich and famous media personalities from Africa who arrive in the South African city of Johannesburg and are determined to make new connections and fall in love – or re-ignite old passions.

Viewers of the Young Famous and African get to enjoy watching the biggest names on the African social media scene mingling and interacting, having fun, flirting, and sometimes fighting with each other, all from the comfort of their own homes.

Young Famous and African: New African Reality Show on Netflix

Young Famous and African season one premiered on March 18, 2022 in the USA. Season 1 of Young Famous and African has 7 episodes. Season 2 of the new African reality show on Netflix premiered on 19 May, 2023 and has 9 episodes.

Release dateMarch 18, 2022 (USA)
Type of ShowReality-TV
DirectorPeace Hyde, Martin Asare Amankwa
ProducerShahir Chundra
Production companyNetflix Studios

Main Cast

The main cast on the Young Famous and African are Diamond Platnumz and his baby moma Zari “The Boss Lady” Hassan, Swanky Jerry, Andile Ncube, Khanyi Mbau, Naked DJ, Annie Macaulay-Idibia, Nadia Nakai, Innocent “2baba” Idibia and Kayleigh Schwark.

These famous African media personalities are from South Africa, Tanzania, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Uganda.

Diamond Platnumz

Diamond Platnumz on Young Famous and African

Diamond Platnumz is a Tanzanian bongo flava recording artist, philanthropist, dancer and a well-known businessman who originally hails from Tanzania in East Africa.

Naseeb Abdul Juma Isaack is his real birth name but he is professionally known as Diamond Platnumz. He is an ex-husband and baby daddy of Zari Hassan.

Zari Hassan

Her real name is Zarinah Tlale Hassan. Zari Hassan is a Ugandan-born socialite, TV personality, businesswoman and an actress. She is professionally known as The Boss lady and lives in South Africa.

Zari Hassan is a mother of five children and is famous as Diamond Platnumz’s baby mama. Diamond and Zari have two children together.

Annie Macaulay-Idibia

Annie Macaulay Idibia is a Nigerian Nollywood actress, model and presenter. She is a mother and wife to Innocent Ujah Idibia. Innocent Ujah Idibia’s famous name is 2Baba.

Annie Idibia originally hails from Eket in Akwa Ibom, a state in Nigeria.

Andile Ncube

Andile Ncube is a South African TV and radio personality, producer, musician and an award- winning reality TV show host. He was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Andile is a father and a baby daddy to Rosette Mogomotsi Ncwana and Sebabatso Mothibi.

Khanyi Mbau

Khanyi Mbau is a socialite, businesswoman TV presenter and South African actress. But her full birth name is Khanyisile Mbau. She was born in Mofolo, Soweto, South Africa.

Khanyi Mbau is a mother, and ex-wife of Mandla Mthembu. She is currently in a relationship with Kudzai Mushonga.

Swanky Jerry

Swanky Jerry is a Nigerian stylist, designer, TV reality star and an image consultant. But his real name is Jeremiah Ogbodo.

Nadia Nakai

Nadia Nakai is a television personality and a rapper. Her real name is Nadia Nakai Kandava. Nadia’s mother hails from Zimbabwe while the father is from South Africa.

Her love for fast cars is on another level, and in the show she is confident about what she wants. She dated Vic Mensa although their relationship did not last long.

Nadia lost her boyfriend at the beginning of year 2023, and he was known as Kiernan Jarryd Forbes but best known as AKA. Khanyi Mbau and Nadia are close friends and Diamond treats Nadia like a queen whenever he gets the chance to during his stay in Johannesburg.

2Baba Idibia

Innocent Ujah Idibia is his real name but he is professionally known as 2baba. 2baba is a producer, songwriter and a Nigerian singer.

He is married to Annie Macaulay and are proud parents of two girls. Their marriage faces a lot of negative vibes but they always try their level best to make it work.

Naked DJ

His real name is Quinton Paul Masina, but is famously known as Naked DJ. He is a South African DJ, reality TV celebrity, record producer and radio host.

Quinton Paul Masina gained more fame after featuring in the reality show Young, famous and African. In the show, Naked DJ is in a relationship with Kayleigh Schwark. In their relationship things seem to be rocky but they manage to carry on.

Kayleigh Schwark

Kayleigh is a South African footballer, Instagram star and reality TV star. She loves keeping fit, and Naked DJ is her boyfriend. In the show a lot of frustrations happen, and she always seeks advice from Khanyi and Nadia Nakai to keep on moving.

Young Famous and African season 1 release date, episodes, official trailer and where to watch

Young Famous and African season 1 cast and episodes

TV Show: Young Famous and African season 1
Where to watch: Netflix
Release date: 18 March 2022
Total episodes: 7

Young Famous and African Season 1 Episodes

Episode #TitleDurationRelease date
Episode 1Welcome to South Africa45 minutes18 March 2022
Episode 2The Newcomer43 minutes18 March 2022
Episode 3Love Is in the Air41 minutes18 March 2022
Episode 4Bye, Bitch!33 minutes18 March 2022
Episode 5Faceoff44 minutes18 March 2022
Episode 6Murder on the Blue Train43 minutes18 March 2022
Episode 7Wedding Bells52 minutes18 March 2022

Young Famous and African season 2 release date, episodes, official trailer and where to watch

TV Show: Young Famous and African season 2
Where to watch: Netflix
Release date: 19 May 2023
Total episodes: 9

Young Famous and African Season 2 Episodes

Episode #TitleDurationRelease date
Episode 1Awkward Reunions40 minutes19 May 2023
Episode 2Masks Off34 minutes19 May 2023
Episode 3Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend42 minutes19 May 2023
Episode 4The Queen B38 minutes19 May 2023
Episode 5Showdown33 minutes19 May 2023
Episode 6Oh Baby!38 minutes19 May 2023
Episode 7Trailer Proposal34 minutes19 May 2023
Episode 8Gloves Off36 minutes19 May 2023
Episode 9Trials and Tribulations47 minutes19 May 2023

New Cast Members on Season 2

The second season reintroduced all previous cast and added new members. Well, the new members spice up the show with more drama and excitement.

New casts of season two and their profiles

Young Famous and African season 2 episodes and cast

Bonang Matheba

Bonang Dorothy Matheba is a radio personality, actress, social media personality and South African award-winning TV presenter. She is famous for her bold presenting skills, her signature voice and is the first South African to be featured on countless major magazines.

Bonang Matheba was born on 25 June 1987 in Mafikeng, North West South Africa. Her nicknames are Queen B and Your Girl B.

Luis Munana

Luis Tshita Munana is an entrepreneur, child show creator and Namibian TV personality. He was born on 23rd July 1991. Luis was in Big Brother Africa 9 where he represented his country Namibia and was evicted as the tenth housemate on day 28 after gaining 1/14 votes to save him, in the ninth season.


Francine Nyanko Koffi is her birth name, and Fantana is a Ghanaian artist, musician and a media personality. Fantana was born on 3rd July 1997 in the USA and brought up in Atlanta Georgia.

In the show Young Famous and African, she appears as Diamond Platnumz’s mistress. For this reason, Fantana and Zari Hassan regularly cross paths, causing more drama in the show.

Rosette Ncwana

Rosette Mogomotsi Ncwana was born on 11 March in Tembisa, Gauteng, South Africa. She is a South African supermodel and actress who is famous as as Andile Ncube’s baby mama. Rosette has dated high profile men before, including Lunga Ncwana.

Sebabatso Mothibi

Sebabatso Mothibi is a famous model, real estate agent and South African socialite. She is baby mama to Andile Ncube. Sebabatso and Rosette both appear on the show as Andile Ncube baby mamas which stirs up drama and endless conversation between the two whenever they meet in the presence of their baby daddy.

The African reality Show won the African Entertainment Awards USA in the category of Best Reality TV Shows in 2022.

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