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Tumi Morake Biography| Early Life, Career, Filmography, Awards, Authorship, Personal Life Infidelity

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Tumi Morake is a multi-talented South African comedian, talk show host, actress, writer, and producer. She is well known for her vibrant career and significant contributions to the entertainment industry.

Early Life

Tumi Morake was born on December 22, 1981, in the Free State, South Africa. She relocated to Gauteng in the year 2000, where she pursued her studies in Drama at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University).

Tumi Morake Biography

Tumi Morake Biography (Image Credit: Instagram @tumi_morake)


After completing her studies in Drama at Wits University from 2000 to 2003, Tumi Morake joined AREPP Theatre for Life, an educational theatre company, and toured across South Africa. This early experience laid the groundwork for her versatile career in the arts.

Breakthrough in Comedy

In 2005, Tumi moved to Johannesburg with ambitions of making a name for herself in comedy. She broke into the comedy scene in 2006 and quickly became one of the most successful female comedians in South Africa.


Tumi Morake Biography

Tumi Morake Biography (Image Credit: Instagram @tumi_morake)

Tumi has performed alongside prominent comedians such as David Kau, Mark Lottering, Barry Hilton, and Chris Forest. She has graced stages at major events including the Heavyweights Comedy Jam, Blacks Only, and the Vodacom Funny Festival.

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Television and Writing

Tumi’s television career spans acting and writing. Her acting credits include roles in “Soul Buddyz” (SABC 1), “Askies” (SABC 2), and “Izoso Connection” (SABC 1). She co-wrote the award-winning short film “Getting It On” and was a writer for the SABC sitcom “Nomzamo” and the comedy-drama “For Sale.” Internationally, Tumi has appeared in acclaimed films such as “Jerusalema,” “Skin,” and “Joburg.”

Hosting and Broadcasting

Tumi has hosted numerous shows and events. In 2012, she was the fifth host of “Comedy Central Presents… Live at the Parkers,” and in 2013, Comedy Central aired her stand-up special “HERStory.” She co-hosted the 8th annual SAFTA’s in 2014 and hosted “Our Perfect Wedding” on Mzanzi Magic.


Tumi Morake Biography

Tumi Morake Biography (Image Credit: Instagram @tumi_morake)

Tumi expanded her media presence, hosting a weekly talk show called Sipping Tea on Cliff Central in 2016 and joining the breakfast show with Martin Bester on Jacaranda FM in 2017. In the same year, she became an ambassador for Jaguar Menlyn and co-hosted the variety show Red Cake on SABC 2. Tumi also launched her own late-night talk show, #WTF Tumi, on SABC 3 and took her stand-up comedy show, Tumi or not Tumi, on tour.

Netflix and Milestones

In 2018, Tumi made history by becoming the first African woman to have her own comedy special on Netflix and the first woman to host “Comedy Central Presents” in Africa.


Tumi Morake has built an impressive filmography that spans both television and film. Her television roles include notable appearances in;

– Skin
– Kota Life Crisis
– Soul Buddyz
– Izoso Connexion
– High Rollers
– Laugh Out Loud
– Rockville
– The Queen
– The Bantu Hour
– ekasi movies
– Seriously Single
– Tumi or Not Tumi (Netflix)
– Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire

Awards and Recognitions

Tumi Morake has received numerous accolades throughout her career. Here are some of the accolades she has won;

– Named one of The Free State Province’s Icons
– Awarded Entertainer of the Year at the 2012 Speakers of Note Award
– Recipient of the Mboko Women in the Arts Award for Excellence in Comedy 2013
– Won the Best Comedian Category of the YOU Spectacular Awards in 2016
– Awarded the Savanna Comic Choice Awards as the Comic of the Year


In addition to her work as an actress and comedian, Tumi Morake is also an author. She published a book titled And Then Mama Said in 2018.

 Personal Life

Tumi Morake is married to Mpho Osei Tutu, a fellow South African actor. The couple met while studying at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2000 and has three children together.

Infidelity and Reconciliation

In March 2023, Tumi candidly discussed the challenges of infidelity in her 21-year marriage during an interview on “Podcast and Chill.” She recounted a period when both she and her husband stepped out of their marriage, a story she also shared in her book “And Then Mama Said.” Despite these challenges, they managed to reconcile and strengthen their relationship.


In 2022, Tumi and her family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, seeking new opportunities and experiences in the United States.


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