AKA on ‘difficult’ Father’s Da

AKA reflects on a ‘difficult’ Father’s Day without Nelli Tembe. Images via Instagram @akaworldwide.

AKA on ‘difficult’ Father’s Day: ‘This is the last picture I took of you’

Rapper AKA sympathises with the family of his late fiancee Nelli Tembe as he reflects on the ‘difficult’ Father’s Day he had this year.

AKA on ‘difficult’ Father’s Da

AKA reflects on a ‘difficult’ Father’s Day without Nelli Tembe. Images via Instagram @akaworldwide.

Although he was spoiled by his daughter, rapper Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, professionally known as AKA took to Instagram this morning, 21 June to reflect on how “difficult” Father’s Day was for him without his late fiancee Anele “Nelli” Tembe, posting the last picture he took of her. 

AKA’s fiancee Nelli Tembe plunged to her death from the tenth floor of the Pepperclub Hotel in Cape Town on 11 April. There is an ongoing police investigation on the circumstances surrounding her death. 


AKA began his Father’s Day weekend with his daughter Kairo Forbes who he shares with his ex-girlfriend DJ Zinhle. 

Kairo Forbes made her father a card with a penguin on it and got him balloons that read “I love you daddy”. AKA shared a picture of his smiley five-year-old on his Instagram with the caption “Special delivery. @kairo.forbes ????”. 

Despite being spoiled and celebrated by Kairo, AKA expressed that he still had a difficult Father’s Day. 


In an Instagram post, AKA shared an emotional message along with the last picture he took of Nelli Tembe where she is seen showing off her engagement ring. 

The rapper showed empathy to Nelli Tembe’s family, specifically her father, Moses Tembe when he said that he cannot imagine what losing a child feels like. 

“Fathers Day was very difficult for me. Difficult because as much as I have lost you, as a father I cannot even imagine what it feels like to lose a child, especially someone as amazing as you,” wrote AKA. 

“This is the last picture I took of you, and this is how I choose to remember you. I pray for your family every single day, as I do for mine,” he continued.

“We miss you so much Anele. So so much. Everything reminds me of you. ???? ????,” he added. 


On 2 June AKA’s “top fan” and promoter Rubu Thulisa tweeted that AKA is back in the studio recording new music and on 12 June, AKA posted a snippet of his new song dedicated to Nelli Tembe titled Tears Run Dry on his Instagram story as he channeled his emotions through music. 

AKA’s father Tony Forbes said that pouring his thoughts into music has helped the rapper get back to normalcy in his life.

“Kiernan has always possessed a strong character and never gives up in the face of adversity. Anele’s tragic passing has affected him in ways we would never understand, and these false presentations of his love story with her are affecting him,” said Tony Forbes to TshisaLIVE. 

“He has been finding it difficult to express himself, but in the last week  he has been pouring his thoughts and feelings into making music. That has brought about a change. As a family, we have been happy to see that glimmer of normalcy coming back into his life,” he added.