Sannah Mchunu biography: age, husband, background, children

Sannah Mchunu (born 19 March 1972; often credited as Sana Mchunu) is an award-winning South African actress. She is best known for playing the role of Nomarashiya in the SABC2 soap opera Muvhango.

She has grown to be one of the prominent figures the entertainment industry has produced. Many fast-rising and upcoming names look up to people like Sannah to draw their inspiration.

The veteran actress has also appeared in much other television series. She was cast as Zodwa in the Mzansi drama series Gomora. She further gained prominence for appearing in local television series across the country.


Sannah Mchunu biography
NameSannah Mchunu
Born19 March 1972 (age 29 years)
Mofolo North, Soweto, Gauteng
NationalitySouth African
EducationNo schooling
AwardsRoyalty Award


Sannah Mchunu was born on 19 March 1972 in Mofolo North in Soweto, Gauteng. Though she hails from a humble family and beginnings, though she has changed the narrative. The list of prominent South African celebrities is incomplete without her name boldly written.

As a young child, she refused to follow the instructions and warnings from her parents. Along the line, she became an expectant mother. As a teenager of nineteen years and a student in high school, Sannah already had two children.


Many who love watching television would remember the character Nomarashiya each time the actress appears on the screen. She appeared in the SABC soap opera Muvhango playing that role.

Mchunu was also cast as Grace Letsoalo in Vuka Mawulele, an Mzansi Magic miniseries in 2013. She also appeared in eKasi: Our Stories playing many roles.

She has also landed several roles in many television shows like the soap opera Generations, Hope, and Isibaya. She was also cast in Keeping Score, Rhythm City, and Ring of Lies.

As an actress, she also appeared in dramas like Ihawu, End Game, and It’s Complicated. More acting credits include making appearances in docu-series like Amagugu and Ngempela.

She played the role of Rebecca in Gauteng Maboneng, MaGumede in Ses’Top La, and Sibu in Shabangu P.I. 


She entered into a marital union at a very young age but it was unbearable because of the domestic violence she suffered.

Sannah was abused for 9 years by her partner until she decided to expose the act. Next, she left the marriage.

“I cried all the time. I left my children with him and went back home because I didn’t want them to suffer because of me. I told them that I was going to look for a job and that they must stay with their father.”

She had to leave her taxi-owner husband due to verbal and physical abuse. She left her children with him and moved to her family home in Soweto to stay with Ntombizodwa Kobese, her younger sister.


She is a proud mother of seven children including Thokozai, Simphiwe, Sbusiso, Busisiwe, Themba. She is also a mother to the twins Ayanonga and Abongile.

She returned to school after giving birth to her second child following her parents’ pressure. Sannah then came back home with another pregnancy. To return to school was no longer on her agenda since her little sister was ahead of her in class.


  • Amagugu as Lizzy
  • eKasi: Our Stories as Mrs Simelane/Sis K/Rebecca/Mrs. Khumalo/Gladys End Game as Mrs Qoboza
  • Gauteng Maboneng as Rebecca
  • Generations as Guest Star
  • Gomora as Zodwa
  • Hope as Nelly
  • Ihawu as Rebo Modise
  • Isibaya as Ma Ruth
  • Isipho as Mam Lindi
  • It’s Complicated as Nobesuthu
  • Keeping Score as Sunday Voice
  • Muvhango as Nomarashiya
  • Ngempela as Tryphina
  • Rhythm City as Machiliza
  • Ring of Lies as Mayor’s Wife
  • Ses’Top La as MaGumede
  • Shabangu P.I. as Sibu
  • Sticks and Stones as Aunty Nena
  • The Queen as Tryphina
  • The River as Matilda
  • Vuka Mawulele as Grace Letsoalo


She won a Royalty Award for supporting actress award for the role of Zodwa on Gomora in 2020, this is her first award.


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