AKA Biography, Age, Real Name, Awards, Relationships and Life Story. His real name is Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, AKA, as he is more popularly known as is currently one of the most\u00a0influential South African musicians\u00a0in the entertainment industry, a feat he has been able to achieve at a young age. He got his start as far back as 2002 as part of Entity,\u00a0a hip-hop rap group known for their hit song \u2013 Touch N Go which made waves in 2005. As a solo artist, he has gained critical and commercial success since the release of\u00a0Altar Ego\u00a0\u2013 his debut album. His single,\u00a0Victory Lap\u00a0and its subsequent remix led to his breakthrough. Now an award-winning (both local and international) artist, he has been commended for his contribution to the South African hip-hop scene. His unique flow and his penchant for controversy have made him a fixture in the gossip headlines. Here\u2019s everything to know about the hip-hop superstar. Life Story AKA was born in Cape Town (in South Africa\u2019s Western Cape Province) on the 28th of January, 1988, making him 32 years old ( but before he became a record producer, rapper and sound engineer, he battled poverty as he came from humble beginnings. He spent much of his early years with his grandmother in Cape Flats in Mitchell\u2019s Plain and has a brother who is five years younger than him. In 1995, when AKA was about Seven, he moved out of Mitchell\u2019s Plain to live with his mother in Johannesburg. His father worked for an insurance company while his mother was a school teacher. While in Cape Town, he attended Holy Cross Convent but when he moved to Johannesburg, he began attending Greenside Primary School. The rapper also later attended St John\u2019s College. While he was still in high school, in 2002, he went on to start a rap group \u2013\u00a0Entity\u00a0with some of his friends. They released their first album in 2005 which was\u00a0nominated for the KORA Awards\u00a0for the \u2018Best African Hip Hop\u2019 category the same year. They also performed at the ceremony which was great publicity for them and went on to win other accolades. Unfortunately, the group disbanded in 2006. Next up for him was the formation of a production group called I.V. League with Kamza and Buks. The team went on to produce for many South African Musicians including Psyfo, PRO, Loyiso Bala, Jub Jub, Khuli Chana, Tear Gas, Tuks Senganga, Jae, Bala Brothers and Shugasmakx. AKA willingly admits that the formation of I.V. League opened up a lot of doors for him and through this, his career started to take form. It was also during this period that he decided that he\u2019d rather perform than produce. As a solo artist, AKA has released hits such as\u00a0In My Walk, Do it\u00a0and\u00a0Mistakes.\u00a0His singles have also placed him on the South African 5 FM Top 40. He has also collaborated with several artists from Nigeria, Ghana and all over Africa including\u00a0Tweezy, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Sarkodie, Dreamteam, Ice Prince, Tumi, JR, K.O, Da L.E.S, Nasty C, Kuli Chana, Yanga,\u00a0Emtee, Diamond Platnumz, etc. Some of his popular songs include: \tCross my Heart \tFela in Versace \tCaiphus Song \tDreamwork \tLet me show you \t10 Fingers \tSim Dope \tSpecial Fi Mi \tDaddy issues \tDunia \tRep your city \tThe world is ours \tDo what you like \tAll I know \tVictory Lap \tBounce \tSunshine \tI want it all \tOnly One Man \tSkip Away \tPuber Kedua \tBaddest \tReign \tBadai Bulan Desember \tCrazy Joe \tDarkest hour \tRun Jozi \tOne Time \tNO! \tEyes on me remix \tCongratulate \tKontrol \tAll eyes on me \tBuram Bang \tComposure His Awards And Achievements At the Metro FM Music Awards, AKA won \u201cBest Hip Hop\u201d for a solo act, \u201cBest Produced Album\u201d for\u00a0Altar Ego\u00a0and \u201cBest Newcomer.\u201d During the GQ Awards in South Africa, he won the\u00a0\u201cBest Dressed Man\u201d award. He was also dubbed the Prince of South African Rap around this period at the 7th annual Channel O Music Video Awards. He won Channel O\u2019s Most Gifted Hip-Hop Video for\u00a0Victory Lap. He also won the\u00a0Best Street Urban Music Album and\u00a0Male Artist of the Year at the\u00a018th annual South African Music Awards. While this is not an award per se, it is still worth mentioning \u00a0\u2013 AKA has opened for many international stars during their South African tours including Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, 2 Chainz, and Big Sean. He also later signed an enviable multi-album deal with Sony Music in 2014. This, along with the success of subsequent singles and albums, is proof of just how AKA\u2019s career has continued to grow. Awards \tIn 2012, he won the 18th South African Music Awards as the Best Male Artist for his first studio album \u2013 Altar Ego \tIn 2014, he won the African Muzik Magazine Awards as the Best Male in Southern Africa and Best Collaboration \tIn 2014, his Album, Levels, won MTV Africa Music Awards for Best Collaboration and the 21st South African Music Awards as the Best Male Artist \tIn 2015, at the 4th South African Hip Hop Awards, he won a couple of awards incliding the Most Valuable Artist, Best Collaboration, Most Digital Sales, and his song (Baddest) and another music he was featured in (The Saga and Anatii) also won Song of the Year \tAlso in 2015, 15th Metro FM Music Awards saw his song \u2013 Baddest (Featuring Khuli Chana, Yanga, and Burna Boy) win the Best Collaboration and Best Hit Single \t2019 saw him win the Kids\u2019 Choice Awards as the Favourite South African Star and 2019 Namibia Annual Music Awards as the Pan African Artist of the Year \t2020 wins include 26th South African Music Awards for Music Video of the Year by his song Jika featuring YangaChief Relationships AKA is dating Nelli Tembe, a non-celebrity who he has refered to as \u2018very private\u2019. Prior to his current relationship, he was with DJ Zinhle. Before this was confirmed, there were speculations that the two were in a relationship despite a lack of confirmation for a long time. However, when Nicky Green hosted\u00a0The Close Up\u00a0with DJ Zinhle as a guest, during that episode, DJ ZInhle is quoted saying\u00a0\u201cThe thing is, you are a girl you are in love and you want to show off \u2013 but, you\u00a0can\u2019t\u201d. Many took this as a confirmation of her relationship with AKA. The two travelled together for a holiday in January 2015 to Mauritius and in February of 2015, there were speculations about DJ Zinhle being pregnant with AKA\u2019s child. In July of the same year, she gave birth to their daughter and first child, Kairo Owethu Forbes. Despite this, the couple eventually broke up. AKA also dated South African mega celeb \u2013 Bonang Matheba or as her fans affectionately call her, Queen B.\u00a0The duo were referred to as South Africa\u2019s power couple with their relationship taking a positive turn when AKA introduced her to his family in December of 2016. However, the couple called it quits on the relationship in January 2017.