The full biography of Albert Ibokwe Khoza AKA Ngcuka from Smoke & Mirrors, Age, Sexuality, etc.

Albert Ibokwe Khoza (born August 23, 1988) is an openly gay South African actor, sangoma, theatrical director, dancer, and composer. He is best known for playing Ngcuka on Smoke and Mirrors and Madlamini on Blood Psalms.

However, he has been in the industry for over a decade. And he has gained international acclaim for his unique and authentic African approach to theater.

In this article, we will look into his personal life and career as a gay-sangoma man in South Africa. So, read till the end for all the information about him.

Biography of Albert Ibokwe Khoza

A picture of actor and theater genius  Albert Ibokwe Khoza
A picture of actor and theater genius Albert Ibokwe Khoza

Full name: Albert Silindokuhle Ibokwe Khoza
Date of birth: August 23, 1988
Place of birth: Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa
Education: Hillbrow Theatre, Witswatersrand University (Dramatic Arts)
Height: 1.78m
Occupation: Actor, Sangoma, Producer, Composer and Director
Known for: Ngcuka on Smoke and Mirrors, Influences of a Closet Chant, Madlamini from Blood Psalms
Net worth: $200,000 (estimate)
Nationality: South African

Early life

Albert Silindokuhle Ibokwe Khoza was born in Soweto, Johannesburg, on August 23, 1988. So, as of 2023, he is 35 years old. Khoza lost his father in 1995 on the 7th of October, when he was only 7 years old.

His father was gunned down during the 1994–95 Tax War, trying to eliminate the continuous violence occurring in the black community. And ever since that day, his mother has never left her home, where she stayed with Khoza’s father.

Ibokwe lost his father in 1995 at the tender age of 7
Ibokwe lost his father in 1995 at the tender age of 7

Albert Ibokwe has a very profound memory of his father and wishes he were alive to see him today. Three years after Ibokwe’s father died, he started participating in theatre plays at the age of 10. He even appeared in retail advertisements around that age.

Thereafter, as he was growing up in high school, he joined the Hillbrow Theater and got mentored by the likes of Gerard Bester, who really shaped his outlook on theater and drama.

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Education of Alber Ibokwe Khoza

After he finished his high school education, he was so in love with drama that he decided to pursue it as a career. So, he decided to pursue dramatic arts at the University of the Witswatersrand.

Ibokwe studied Drama at the University of the Witswatersrand
Ibokwe studied Drama at the University of the Witswatersrand

There he pursued his education with a lot of rebellion in a sense, as he refused to look at education as absolutes but as guidelines.

This is because he regarded most of the styles and approaches as more eurocentric than African. So, when he decided to write a play around gay people’s struggles, he had to look more at his personal experiences than from someone else’s perspective.

Personal life

Albert Slindokuhle Ibokwe Khoza is a gay man and celebrates his sexuality quite openly on his social media platforms. Moreover, Khoza is also a traditional healer and a Christian by upbringing. So, arguably, he is one of the most multilayered people you’ll ever read about.

He is, as some may say, quite perplexing. Furthermore, Ibokwe is also a choreographer and composer and has composed and choreographed pieces that speak volumes about African values.

He is also a very beautiful human being with an in-depth understanding of the world around him. Moreover, he enjoys questioning the things around him and hopes the younger generations will do the same.

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Career and Accolades of Albert Ibokwe Khoza

Albert Ibokwe is predominantly a theater-oriented performer. He has performed as far and wide as Liverpool, London, and other first-world countries.

Khoza wrote, directed, and performed the play Influences of a Closeted Chant, in which he explored the struggles of a gay traditional man in South Africa.

Ngcuka from Smoke and Mirrors
Ngcuka from Smoke and Mirrors

Ibokwe has received awards for devised plays such as Flat 309, Umama Uyangichaza, and others. Receiving the Best Actor Award in 2005, Best Supporting Actor and Best Character in 2007, Best Cameo in 2007, and lastly, Best Theatre Group in the same year.

Moreover, he won the New York City Bessie Award in 2023. One of his most recent productions is The Black Circus of the Republic of Bantu. He was part of the Blood Psalms production, where he played Madlamini in the series.

Furthermore, in 2023, he made his TV debut on Smoke and Mirrors as Ngcuka. A feared traditional healer who is ruthless and powerful.

Net worth

It is believed that Ibokwe Khoza has a net worth of around $200,000 as of 2023. However, since he is more into theater, it is honestly unknown what his net worth may truly be. But as he gets more popular, this figure will be updated.

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According to estimates, the actor is believed to be at least 1.74 meters tall. Meaning he is at least above the average South African male height of 1.7m and way above the female average height of 1.55m to 1.6m.

Social media

As of 2023, Albert Ibokwe Khoza has an Instagram account with over 6,100 posts and over 10,000 followers. On Instagram, he goes by the username @ibokwe.

Moreover, he’s also on Facebook with his full name, Albert Silindokuhle Ibokwe Khoza and on twitter with the username @ibokwe