Tumi Morake (born 22 December 1981) is a South African comedian, actress, TV personality, and writer.[1][2][3][4]

Tumi Morake
Tumi Morake

(1981-12-22) December 22, 1981 (age 42)
Free State,South Africa
NationalitySouth African
Alma materWits University
  • comedian
  • actress
  • TV personality
  • writer

In 2018, she became the first African woman to have her own set on Netflix. She is also known to be the first woman to host Comedy Central Presents in Africa.[5][6]

Early years and education edit

Morake was born in the Free State. She relocated to Gauteng in the year 2000 and there, she studied Drama at Wits University.[1][2]

Career edit

After completing her tertiary education at DUT, Morake started working at Arepp Theatre for Life, a touring educational theatre company.[1] In July 2005, she joined the comedy industry. She worked at Parker Leisure Management and is known to perform regular stand-up gigs in Johannesburg and Pretoria. Some comedy festivals she has performed at include; Heavyweights Comedy Jam, Blacks Only, Have a Heart, Just Because Comedy Festival, The Tshwane Comedy Festival, The Lifestyle SA Festival and Old Mutual Comedy Encounters.[2] She has hosted shows including; Our Perfect Wedding, Red Cake and WTFTumi (her talk show).[3]

Filmography edit

Morake has starred in several films and TV shows, including:[1][2][3]

Works edit

  • She authored a book titled And Then Mama Said.[8][9]

Awards and recognitions edit

  • She was named as one of The Free State Province's Icons[6]
  • 2012- Awarded Entertainer of the Year at the 2012 Speakers of Note Award[6]
  • 2013 - She is a recipient of the Mboko Women in the Arts Award for Excellence in Comedy 2013[6]
  • 2016 - She won the Best Comedian Category of the YOU Spectacular Awards[10]
  • She won awarded the Savanna Comic Choice Awards as the Comic of the Year [10][11]

Personal life edit

She is married to Mpho Osei Tutu, a fellow South African actor and is a mother of three children.[12][3][13][14][15]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d Kwach, Julie (9 April 2019). "Tumi Morake biography, husband, weight loss, family, book and comedy career". Briefly. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Tumi Morake | TVSA". www.tvsa.co.za. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "Tumi Morake Biography: Age, Family, Husband, Weight Loss, Book". ZAlebs. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Tumi Morake talks 'Comedians of the World on Netflix' and some... | IOL Entertainment". www.iol.co.za. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  5. ^ Lisa, Purity (12 July 2018). "Tumi Morake sets record as first African woman to have Netflix Special". Ghafla! South Africa. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d "Tumi Morake". Motsweding FM. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  7. ^ "'Seriously Single' Review: Netflix's South African Rom-Com Brings Fresh Energy to Genre". Indie Wire. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  8. ^ Magadla, Mahlohonolo (12 September 2018). "Tumi Morake releases her debut book". Channel. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Tumi Morake to release highly anticipated debut book". SowetanLIVE. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Tumi Morake Becomes First Woman To Win 'Comic of The Year' Award". Cosmopolitan SA. 7 September 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  11. ^ Radio 702. "[LISTEN] SA's top comic Tumi Morake talks comedy". ewn.co.za. Retrieved 2 December 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  12. ^ Dyomfana, Bulelani (28 November 2019). "Tumi Morake and Mpho Osie-Tutu celebrate their 10-year anniversary". Channel. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  13. ^ "Tumi Morake and hubby Mpho Osie-Tutu celebrate their anniversary". DispatchLIVE. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  14. ^ "'My kids are traumatised but I thank God everyday we're safe' - Tumi Morake". TimesLIVE. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  15. ^ Mathebula, Kwanele (28 November 2017). "Tumi Morake and Mpho Osei-Tutu celebrate their 8th anniversary". Bona Magazine. Retrieved 2 December 2019.