Lucky Legodi

Gender: Male



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Lucky Legodi is a South African actor and educator best known for his starring role as notorious gangster Bra Bizza in the television drama series Kgatelopele, which aired on the old SABC service CCV channel (the forerunner to SABC1) in 1995.

He first rose to prominence when he starred in the 1977 comedy film Ngaka with Ndaba Mhlongo, Meshack Moloi and Masoja Mota, directed by Simon Sabela.

Lucky reached a wider audience when he starred in the television drama series Ke Kwebo Yaka and later went on to star alongside such luminaries as Hollywood star Richard Roundtree, television stuntman Michael Knight and comedian Leon Schuster.

A former South African disco dancing champion Lucky was also an athlete and one of the first black sportsmen to be awarded a Springbok blazer when he represented his country in karate and judo at the South African Games in 1973.

He has acted in many international movies too, including Reason to Die, The Final Alliance, Yankee Zulu, Paradise Stop and Bela Bela with Rapulana Seiphemo, Sonia Sedibe, Lilian Dube and Kenneth Nkosi.

He also had a role in the SABC1 soapie Generations.

Legodi left acting for a number of years to focus on unearthing young talent that can tell compelling stories about South Africa through the Black Education Upgrading Arts Academy (BE-Up), which was established in 1995 at the Pretoria State Theatre to adapt literature set works into videos, train actors and actresses, teach movie making and scriptwriting skills.

At the school he produces videos of prescribed textbooks and offers workshops for teachers. He has also written a number of teaching aids for teachers.

In 2015 he had a starring role as Orpheus Japie "OJ" Mabunda, the bombastic, flamboyant mayor has to keep a polygamous family together while trying to contend with running Africa's richest and largest metropolis, in the Mzansi Magic sitcom The Mayor.

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O.J. Mabunda


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