Tumi Morake Biography
Tumi Morake was born on 22nd December 1981 in Free State South Africa. She is a South African comedian, actress, writer and producer.
Tumi Morake Age
She was born on 22 December 1981 is Free State, South Africa. She is 37 years old as of 2018.
Tumi Morake Husband
She is married to Mpho Osei- Tutu, who is also an actor, director and writer.
Tumi Morake Children
Tumi Morake is blessed with two children named Bonsu and Lesedi.
Tumi Morake Family
Morake was born to the parents who were activist and were conversating about black people issues within the country. They used to live in Mahikeng and were living in the fear of officers who used to regularly raid their house. Because of that, her father left the family and escaped from there. After that, the comedian went to her grandparent’s house in Free State.
Her dad was later arrested and charged with treason. After few months, her father was arrested and was sentenced to the jail. Later her mother was also arrested and was behind the bars for six months. One of the painful moments in her early life was visiting her father in the jail.
Tumi Morake Wedding
Her wedding with her husband, Mpho Osei- Tutu, was on Saturday, 28 November 2009. In an interview with The Citizen, Tumi said about their wedding: “Our wedding was not perfect but that makes me treasure it even more. It had its hiccups and drama, joy and elation. More importantly it had all my favourite people there, which meant the world to me.”
Tumi Morake Weight Loss
With the help of a personal trainer, and a healthy eating plan, Tumi has managed to shed those extra kilograms.
Tumi Morake Education Background
She studied Drama at Wits University
Tumi Morake Career
Her career in acting began when she started working at Arepp Theatre for Life, a touring educational theater company. She is also a writer and she is behind the TV shows, Kenny Makenzo (sole writer), Nomzamo (seven episodes) and For Sale which was a drama show that aired on SABC 3 in 2007. In 2006 Getting It On, a short film she co-wrote, won an award for Best Short Cut at the prestigious VUKA! Awards.
Tumi Morake Comedy
In July 2005 she joined the comedy scene officially with Parker Leisure Management and performs regular stand up gigs in Johannesburg and Pretoria.
As a comedian she has shared the stage with comics such as David Kau, Marc Lottering, Stuart Taylor and Chris Forrest; at festivals such as Whack Jobs, Heavyweights Comedy Jam, Blacks Only, King Size Comedy, Have a Heart, Just Because Comedy Festival, The Tshwane Comedy Festival, The Lifestyle SA Festival and Old Mutual Comedy Encounters.
Morake’s continental claim to fame began as the host of The Big Brother Hot Room, a comical round up of Big Brother Africa. She also spent two seasons on the judging panel of etv’s She’s The One. Her star continued to rise as host of the ever trending Our Perfect Wedding for a record 3 seasons after a public demand for her return.
Morake has also had some critical recognition from being named one of The Free State Province’s Icons in 2011, to the Entertainer of the Year at the 2012 Speakers of Note Award. The Tarantino of comedy, Tumi’s crowning glories have been her nominations for coveted Comic of The Year at the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Comic’s Choice Awards. She is a recipient of the the Mboko Women In The Arts Award for Excellence in Comedy 2013. 2015 saw her nominated in the Glamour Woman Of The Year Awards. She was voted You Spectacular Favourite Comedian 2016.
As a producer, her work has been nominated in various categories at the South African Film and Television Awards, which she also hosted in 2013 and 2014. She also hosted the prestigious SAMA Awards (Nigth1) in 2012 and 2013.
Tumi now plans co-writing on a movie with her husband, Mpho Osei-Tutu; continuing with her TV presenting; an international stand-up tour in Australia; a new stand-up show with Ndumiso Lindi and a number of other exciting ventures.
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Tumi Morake Television Roles
- Askies (Season 1) as Persistence.
- City Ses’la (Season 2) as Palesa.
- Erfsondes (Season 1) as Dineo.
- High Rollers (Season 3) as Guest Star.
- Izoso Connexion (Season 1) as Millicent
- Kota Life Crisis (Season 2) as Thembekile.
- My Perfect Family (Season 3) as Patronella.
- Rockville (Season 1) as Portia.
- Sober Companion (Season 1) as Tumi.
- Soul Buddyz (Season 3 & 4) Pabi.
- The Queen (Season 1) as Dolly.
Tumi Morake Racist Comments
On 12th September 2017 during the breakfast show on Jacaranda FM Tumi spoke honestly about how she feels when conversations about culture come up.
She said that conversations that involve certain groups should leave her people out of it. Tumi says that this is about a group of people that Steve Hofmeyr represents and thus should not be about black people, as it would open another can of worms.
She made these comments after a concert in New Zealand which featured Steve Hofmeyr, who was one of the headline acts, was cancelled due to expat anger at his involvement.
Jacaranda FM’s General manager Kevin Fine’s released an official statement which read
“Jacaranda FM supports a non-racial society and does not condone hate speech in any form on its platform or in any part of our society.
The station’s on-air content aims to promote important and meaningful discussions, with the intention of building and uniting South Africa as a nation. We support the need to have these conversations which we believe is an important part of our role in society. We are further committed to allowing the expression of different viewpoints and perspectives by facilitating these conversations.
Jacaranda FM is a part of the richly diverse community of South Africa and we are committed to being a home for fun, music, entertainment, sharing of information, and the sharing of views. As with any home, sometimes these conversations and views can be uncomfortable. But, for as long as they are necessary we will always be a place where they can live”
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‘I Have Chosen To Forgive’ – Tumi Morake On Moving On
Updated on: 23 October 2018.
South African comedienne, presenter and actress Tumi Morake has a story to tell and she has done it through her first book.
Morake’s book And Then Mama Said describes lessons she learnt from her late mother, whom she describes as a pillar in her life and best friend.
The book is the voice of Morake in private, a behind-the-scenes perspective of a pioneering South African star who has been both deeply loved and viciously hated by her audiences.
“This isn’t my biography, but a collection of memories from my life. I have shared some of the things that have made me resilient and shaped the persona of Tumi Morake. I have often been asked to share my story and I thought what better way than by honouring the woman who made me who I am, my mother,” she says.
In the book, Morake gets personal on a number of tragic and low moments in her life, including her mother’s death, coming to Joburg from Mahikeng with almost nothing to her name, the ups and downs in her marriage and the incident which saw her leave Jacaranda FM abruptly.
The Jacaranda Fm Saga And Forgiveness
In 2017, Morake, who had recently secured a gig as co-host of Jacaranda FM’s breakfast show, received a wave of backlash from white listeners who were offended by her comments on apartheid.
She used a lighthearted illustration to demonstrate how little was done for black people post-apartheid.
Listeners took to social media to voice their disapproval, calling her a racist and demanding her removal from the station.
“I know I completely f’ed with their reality because a black intelligent woman who owns her black accent was not afraid to go that route.
“What helped me survive is I knew my point of departure and never forgot it.”
Morake says there was no hatred intended in what she had said and that she drew inspiration from what her mother taught her while growing up to face the backlash.
She says she didn’t intend to leave the station and didn’t want to be bullied into doing so, but was given an ultimatum by her then bosses, which forced her to leave with immediate effect.
Despite all this, Morake says she has moved on and forgiven.
“I have chosen to forgive… I am not out to destroy anyone.”
Adopted from: ewn.co.za