Rapper AKA with the ladies he left behind. Images via Instagram @djzinhle @akaworldwide @kairoforbes @nadianakai.

RIP AKA: Rapper leaves behind four leading ladies

Rapper AKA was shot dead in Durban on Friday 10 February, here’s a look at the four leading ladies he has left behind.


Rapper AKA with the ladies he left behind. Images via Instagram @djzinhle @akaworldwide @kairoforbes @nadianakai.

South African rapper Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, popularly known as AKA, was fatally shot outside Wish Restaurant on Florida Road, Durban on Friday 10 February.

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South African rapper AKA was fatally shot during a drive-by shooting on Florida Road, Durban on Friday 10 February. 

IOL reports that the Fela in Versace hitmaker was standing outside Wish Restaurant at around 22:00 when two unknown vehicles opened fire on him. Durban police confirmed the death of the rapper on the scene. The publication reports that AKA was hit six times.

AKA was not alone when he was killed, he was with his friend Tebello Tibz Motsoane – who was also shot and killed. The rapper’s bodyguard had been wounded.



AKA leaves behind his seven-year-old adorable daughter Kairo Forbes, who was the apple of his eye. The rapper welcomed Kairo with South African DJ Ntombezinhle Jiyane, popularly known as DJ Zinhle – in July 2015.

The rapper often showed off the cutest videos of Kairo on his Instagram Story. The father-daughter duo had an incredible relationship.


The rapper also leaves behind his loving mom – Lynn Forbes, as well as his father Tony Forbes. Lynn and Tony released a joint statement confirming their son’s death.

“Our son was loved and he gave love in return. In this time of grief we appeal for your compassion, space and time to congregate as a family to decide on the upcoming days,” read part of the statement.

Lynn and AKA were also known to have an amazing relationship. Often known as “Glammy”, Lynn took exceptional care of Kairo. She also embraced and welcomed all the women linked to the rapper including “baby mama” DJ Zinhle.

DJ Zinhle and Lynn were so close that Glammy also made an appearance on the DJ’s reality show DJ Zinhle: The Unexpected.

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Possibly the best co-parenting relationship in South Africa is that of DJ Zinhle and AKA. Despite all the social media trolling, the pair always put their daughter Kairo first and respected each other’s new partners. 

The pair were rumoured to be romantically linked from 2012 but only made their relationship public in 2014. Zinhle reportedly accused AKA of cheating on her with media personality Bonang Matheba in 2015 and called it quits.

The pair reportedly got back together in 2018 but broke up again in 2019. AKA then began dating Anele “Nelli” Tembe, who tragically passed away on 11 April 2021, just two weeks after the rapper paid lobola for her.

Nelli plunged to her death from the tenth floor of the Pepperclub Hotel in Cape Town. 


AKA sparked romance rumours with rapper Nadia Nakai in December 2021. The pair then went Instagram Official in March 2022, almost a year after Nelli’s death.

The rapper appeared to have a happy and healthy relationship with the Naaa Mean hitmaker as they often spent time together and gushed over each other on social media.

AKA and Nadia Nakai go ‘Instagram Official’. Image via Instagram @akaworldwide.

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