Maria Nepembe Biography: Car, Boyfriend, Age, Sexual Assault, Acting, TV

Maria Nepembe Biography: Car, Boyfriend, Age, Sexual Assault, Acting, TV

Oct 11, 2019, 02:11 PM

Maria Nepembe aka Dirty Kandeshi is a woman of many talents.

If she is not bracing television screens, she is presenting on radio, producing or modelling. She is also a fitness expert and is considered a role model by many youngsters.

The star rose to fame after featuring in PDK‘s Dirty Kandeshi music video in 2012. After that, she went on to become a contestant on Big Brother Africa Season 8 in 2013 and won the hearts of many Namibians.

She is also one of Namibia’s most influential people in the fashion and entertainment industry and became the first model to host the NAMAs Awards.


Age


Maria was born on October 4 in 1988. She is 31-years-old.

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Place of birth


The star hails from Ondangwa in northern Namibia. 

 

Ambassador


Maria is an ambassador for the Kiyola Media Group.

She is also an ambassador for the High Definition Hair, a Boutique owned by Hellen Ngenokesho and Maria's friend Dillish Mathews.

Another hair brand she is associated with is Twincare Professional Outlets -Distributors of professional & retail hair, skin and nail care products and accessories.

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Producing and directing


In 2019, Maria added to her many titles film producer and director. She announced on her social media pages that she is officially a film director and producer and shared a photo of herself holding a camera behind the scenes.

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Maria has directed  Hang Over by Top Cheri and Dillish's Lights music video.
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Charities

The Nepembe Foundation is a charity organisation that was started by Maria to help feed the less fortunate, especially young children. She is also involved in other charity projects. In 2014, she celebrated her birthday by hosting a charity show at the Zoo Park. 


Children


Maria has one child. Her child's name is Ayihe. Maria likes to hang out with her daughter and the two of them enjoy taking pics.

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Car


She drives a car fit for a woman of her calibre. The superstar has a Black Jeep Wrangler.

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Boyfriend


It is not clear who Maria’s boyfriend is, as she prefers to keep her love life private. However, rumour has it that she is dating actor Michael Bonny Bassey. The two of them claim to be best friends.

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Maria's ex-boyfriend is actor and producer Melvin Oduah who is also a former Big Brother Africa contestant. The two of them were on Big Brother Africa season 8. Sadly, the relationship didn’t work out. 

Clothing brand


It is not surprising that Mariah, who is considered a style icon both in Namibia and across Africa has her own clothing brand. She launched her fashion line RIA  in April 2015 and sells both custom made and ready to wear clothing. 

The clothes are sold at Maki boutique in Maerua Mall, Windhoek. Most of the items are made using fabric from Amsterdam, Milan, Paris and Dubai.  Her collection also includes bridal wear.

Modelling


Maria is one of the most popular models in Namibia and other African countries.

She has taken part in beauty contests in different parts of Africa.

Maria was crowned the 1st runner-up at the Miss University Africa 2011 and she also made it into the top five finalists of the Miss Namibia 2012.

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She has walked for some of the biggest fashion designers - Chakkira Claasen, Mc Bright Kavari, Kishwa, Amakeya, Modella, Nikola Conradie and South Africa’s celebrity fashion designer David Tlale. 

Education

 
Maria is a beauty with brains. She has a National Diploma in Public Relations which she obtained from the University of Namibia. 

Movies


She might have not won any awards yet, but Maria is an incredible actress. She was trained in theatre acting while studying at the University of Namibia.

The star has had several acting roles. She was featured in an American film directed by Ana Thenine. 

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She played Olivia in a movie called Why should I get married.
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Maria featured in the film Fish out of water which aired on NBCNamibia in 2017.

Television 


Body with Maria Nepembe is Maria's reality show that features 13 contestants who go through fitness training and battle it out while shedding excess weight. The one who loses the most weight wins.

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Sexual Assault


Maria might be a star, but that doesn't mean she has not experienced pain and heartache in life.

In 2019, she revealed that she is a victim of abuse. Maria was molested twice by people she knew. The first incident occurred when she was merely five years old. The TV presenter said the traumatic event happened in an open field, where her molester, who happened to be her cousin, threatened to kill her unless she allowed him to touch her.

The second incident happened when she was 17. Sadly, it was a family friend who tried to take advantage of her. Fortunately, Maria managed to fight him off and prevent him from raping her. She shared the traumatic experience in an Instagram post.

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Because of the pain she suffered as a victim of abuse, Maria and her friend Dillish Matthews came up with an initiative called Opening the dialogue. It is aimed at empowering women who are victims of abuse - for them to share their experiences and find healing. 


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Main image credit: Instagram/ @marianepembe
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