Zimbabwean actress, model and film producer Anne Nhira, famed for her starring role as Vimbai Jari in the yesteryear soap Studio 263, has died.
She was 38 years old.
Nhira succumbed to injuries after she was mugged on Monday afternoon in South Africa.
Confirming the news to The Herald, her brother Juan Nhira said:
“She sustained injuries on her chest area, rib cage and back during a robbery on Monday afternoon in Bedford view South Africa. She was only 38 years of age,” he said.
In a Facebook post, Juan Nhira wrote
My sister, my friend, my icon, my superstar, my mentor. Gone too soon. May your soul rest in peace Anne Nhira. The African Queen Diva.
Former Studio 263 Actress Anne Nhira Dies
The late Nhira rose to prominence in the early 2000s when she featured in the soap opera Studio 263 as Vimbai Jari.
In 2014 she also had a role in one of South Africa’s biggest soap operas Zabalaza that shows on MNet and SABC. She also featured in a South African TV drama called Mutual Friends
Nhira also tried her hand in singing in 2013 when she released a single, “The One”.
Her song saw her becoming part guest artists at the 2013 edition of the Acoustic Night-a talent search programme.
In August 2017, Nhira made headlines after she wrote a letter to the Ministry of Tourism, criticizing the decision to hire Zodwa Wabantu to perform at the Harare International Carnival.
As a result of the letter, Zodwa was barred from taking part in the carnival by then acting Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry Patrick Zhuwao
Nhira launched a company known as Anne Studios International which specializes in talent scouting and training.
The actress was based in Johannesburg where she has been since 2008.