7 Facts about Sannah Mchunu, Awards controversy, GBV and more

Sannah ‘Sana’ Mchunu (born 19 March 1972), is a South African actress. She is best known for the roles in the television serials such as; eKasi: Our Stories, Muvhango, The River and Gomora. In this article we will look at her life and career and few facts about her.

Sannah Mchunu from Gomora
Sannah Mchunu from Gomora

1. How Sannah Mchunu started her life

Mchunu was born in Mofolo North, Soweto, South Africa on March 19, 1972. Sana is currently 50 years old as of 2022. There’s not much information on her early prepuberscent childhood. However, just early into teenage hood, the young actress had it really rough. She lost her parents around the age of 19.

2. Sannah Mchunu’s education was disturbed by unwanted teenage pregnancy

As pertaining matters of education. She was unable to complete her education. As a result of falling pregnant at an early age. According to sources, she became pregnant with her first child when she was 14 years old.

The actress Sannah Mchunu couldn't succefully complete her education due to her multiple pregnancies
The actress Sannah Mchunu couldn’t succefully complete her education due to her multiple pregnancies

Which greatly disrupted her education. And, at the age of 19, she had her second child. Furthermore, she became pregnant again after her parents returned her to school.

3. She survived GBV from her husband

Then after her parents had died. She moved in with the father of her fourth child. However, her husband began physically and emotionally abusing her. About the time she became pregnant with her fifth child. So, she left the children with him after all of that turmoil. Moreover, she is currently the mother of seven children as of 2022. And, she went quite through a lot as a young girl.

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4. Sannah started off as a dancer for the great Brenda Fassie

In her teen years, Sana used to dance for the late Brenda Fassie. However, this was later interrupted by her multiple pregnancies . But, she went to audition under the guidance of her friend, Winnie Khumalo. And as a result she was later selected to star in eKasi: Our Stories in a supporting role.

5. Career timeline from eKasi onward

In 2013, Sana joined the fifth season of e.tv anthology series eKasi: Our Stories. And, played the role “Mrs Simelane” often called “Sis K”. Thereafter, she continued to star in the sixth season of the series. Where she was playing multiple multiple roles such as “Rebecca”, “Mrs. Khumalo”, and “Gladys”.

Actress Sana Mchunu acting at etv's Ekasi our stories
Actress Sana Mchunu acting at etv’s Ekasi our stories

Furthermore, she also played the role of “Grace Letsoalo” in the Mzansi Magic miniseries Vuka Mawulele. In the same year she appeared in two more serials. As “Mrs Qoboza” in SABC1 mystery thriller End Game, and as “Sibu” in Mzansi Magic miniserial Shabangu P.I. Moreover, in 2014, she appeared in most of the telecast television serials in South Africa.


6. Her big screen roles

Firstly, SABC1 drama Sticks and Stones (as “Aunty Nena”), SABC1 docudrama Amagugu (as “Lizzy”). Then, SABC2 drama Gauteng Maboneng second season (as “Rebecca”). And further apperances on Moja Love telenovela Hope. Where she played “Nelly” and in SABC1 drama thriller Ihawu (as “Rebo Modise”. Meanwhile, her most notable television role was as “Nomarashiya” in the SABC2 soap opera Muvhango.

In 2015, she joined the Mzansi Magic soap opera Isibaya and played the role “Ma Ruth”. And, in 2016, she appeared in the second season of the Mzansi Magic serial It’s Complicated as. In 2018, she starred in the 1Magic telenovela The River. With the role “Matilda” and continued in the second season of the show.

Furthermore, in 2019, she played the role of “Mam Lindi” in e.tv supernatural serial Isipho. And, thereafter joined the fourth season of the Mzansi Magic drama The Queen starring as “Tryphina”. In 2020, Sana appeared in the Mzansi Magic telenovela Gomora as “Zodwa”. Where her role has received critical acclaim .

7. Sannah Mchunu Awards and controversy

This year of 2022, Sannah won Mzansi Viewer’s Choice Award. She was in the category of favorite actress. Which she was nominated for. And, the outcome came as a win for her. And, many agreed that she deserved her role. She also played Sindiswa’s mom on Rhythm city. A role for which most etv viewers remember her for.

She also played Sindiswa's mom on Rhythm city
She also played Sindiswa’s mom on Rhythm city

However, after her award win. Some considerable number of South African viewers had some things to say. A certain number of people complained on social media saying that their favorite actresses weren’t picked. This left a stain on Sannah’s Award win. However, no response was given both by the SAFTA committee or the winners themselves. Which was probably for the best.