Kiernan Jarryd Forbes popularly known as AKA is a big name in and outside the borders of South Africa. Dubbed by a leading South African publication as the ‘Prince of South African Rap’, the versatile artist has churned hit after hit making him one of the most sought after artist in Africa. And with fame comes the ‘big’ money from performances, album sales and endorsements. Then add to his celebrity wife Bonang “Queen B” Matheba who makes a tidy sum from hosting shows. So what’s the net worth of AKA?
AKA Early Life
The award winning artist was born in Cape Town on 28 January 1988. He schooled at Holy Cross Convent in the Western Cape region before joining Greenside Primary School in Johannesburg. AKA was to later join St John’s College where he successfully completed his basic metric education. The group, Entity, was formed while AKA was still in high school.
The group-best remembered for ‘Touch N Go’ hit-fizzled out in 2006 after four years of working together. AKA was on a mission as he proceeded to co-found The I.V. League with Kamza and Buks a year later. He was on a roll with hit singles such as ‘Mistakes’, ‘Do It’ and ‘In My Walk’.
Going solo was the right choice as AKA went on to win back to back awards. In 2009, the artist won the Best Hip Hop”, and “Best Produced Album” at the Metro FM Music Awards in 2009 for his debut album “Altar Ego”. Two years later, AKA was receiving another award for the “Most Gifted Hip Hop Video” at the 7th Annual Channel O Music Video Awards. And it did not end there. He went on to be awarded the “Best Street Urban Music Album” at the 18th Annual South African Music Awards. In total, AKA had bagged two awards in 2011 alone. Then came ‘Levels’, his second album, that was certified platinum by South Africa Recording Industry.
Other awards he won:
2015 South African Hip Hop Awards
Most Digital Sales
Song of the Year
Most Valuable Artist
2016-Metro FM Music Awards
Best Hit Single-‘Baddest’
2016 Bet Awards Nominee
AKA YouTube Earnings
The ‘Baddest’ hitmaker has a total of 85,158 subscribers and his total video views-by the time of writing this post- stand at just above the 11 million views. Here is an overview of how much he makes from his YouTube videos courtesy of YouTubers.Me.
|Date||subscribers||video views||estimated earnings|
|07.02.2019 Thu||+217||+40,534||$ 7 – $ 91|
|06.02.2019 Wed||+133||+28,938||$ 5 – $ 65|
|05.02.2019 Tue||+330||+60,948||$ 10 – $ 137|
|03.02.2019 Sun||+336||+67,931||$ 11 – $ 152|
|02.02.2019 Sat||+232||+46,069||$ 8 – $ 103|
|31.01.2019 Thu||+729||+137,125||$ 24 – $ 308|
|26.01.2019 Sat||+3,405||+363,441||$ 63 – $ 817|
|25.01.2019 Fri||+42||+13,611||$ 2 – $ 30|
|23.01.2019 Wed||+188||+49,228||$ 8 – $ 110|
This is where the color is and a dream come true for any artist who is lucky to attract the attention of a corporate. Here is the list of AKA endorsement deals:
Charges Per Performance
In 2016, the artist revealed that he charges between R90,000 to R130,000 for a 30 minute performance.
Property He Owns
House-Aka house speaks volumes of the kind of money he makes. He bought the house in 2016.
He drives a BMW i8 that retails for R2 million and a BMW X6.
AKA Net Worth
As of 2015, AKA net worth was estimated at R6,6 million. Net worth portal put his current net worth at US$11,4 million (R155,6 million. Does AKA make more than Cassper Nyovest