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Advocate Nakedi Ribane

Advocate Nakedi Ribane is one of South Africa’s most versatile and recognised performing artists. Her career spans acting, fashion, and writing.

A published author, Nakedi’s debut book “Beauty – A Black Perspective” (2006), received much acclaim for tackling images of beauty from a perspective not often heard in the gruelling fashion and beauty industry. She was also a fashion and beauty editor for an upmarket magazine, co-owner of modelling agency Siyazazi, and a former model.

In theatre, she won the 2002 FNB VITA Best Supporting Actress award for her role as ‘Noria’ in an adaptation of Zakes Mda's novel Ways of Dying. She also acted in industrial theatre, marketing the Sowetan Newspaper, and For Colored Girls who Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf at the Grahamstown Arts Festival, 1993. She was also seen as John Khani’s wife in Inkaba in a leading role.

Advocate Ribane has played advocacy roles for the rights of women and children. She was the Gender Coordinator of the Performing Arts Union and represented women in the arts at conferences and workshops. She is the Patron for Child Welfare Tshwane, an organisation that protects vulnerable children. Advocate Ribane has proven to be a conscientious personality who has not been shy to publicly speak out or write against injustice, inequality and unfairness in the arts or generally about social justice related issues. Advocate Ribane was recently bestowed with the order of Ikhamanga in Silver for her contribution to the performing arts and literature.

She is a proud admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa and a pupil of the Johannesburg Bar.

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