How AKA Accumulated a Net Worth of $12 Million

AKA is one of the most commercially successful South African rappers. He is is a rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and a seasoned entrepreneur from South Africa.

Born and raised in Cape Town, Western Cape, AKA relocated to Johannesburg at the age of 16 to pursue his music career which saw him rise as one of the fastest-rising stars in the South African rap scene.

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Owing to his success in the local music industry, AKA was sought after by American record label Interscope Records who signed him for an international deal under their subsidiary label Interscope Records.

AKA is a fantastic South African rapper who has been active in the business for over a decade. He’s been nominated for and won a number of accolades.

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AKA has also collaborated on tracks with giant musicians like as Burna Boy, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, and Kanye West. Many people are curious about AKA’s real name, Kiernan Jarryd Forbes is his birth name.

How Much is AKA net worth?

Kiernan Jarryd Forbes is a South African rapper, songwriter, record producer, and businessman with an estimated net worth of $12 million. He is popularly known by his stage name as AKA.

AKA has established himself as one of the most successful South African rappers. He accumulated such a wealth from his successful music career as a South African rapper, songwriter, endorsement deals  and record producer.

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AKA Music Career

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Kiernan Jarryd Forbes was born in Cape Town South Africa. After moving to Johannesburg with his family at the age of 13, he began working on the local hip hop scene.

He and his friends, Vice Versa and Greyhound, created the Entity hip hop music group while they were still in high school.

Kiernan went to study sound engineering after the group split in 2006. In the same year, he co-founded The I.V League with two other people.

Since then Kiernan has spent a lot of time perfecting his craft as an artist and has started to make waves in the local hip hop scene.

ProKid, Khuli Chana, and JR were among the musicians signed by the I.V League. While still signed to the I.V label, Kiernan released three songs in 2009: In My Walk, I Do, and Mistakes.

Altar Ego, his debut album, was released in 2010. Two of the album’s tracks, All I Know and Victory Lap, became huge hits in Mzansi.

Kiernan worked roughly five performances per week for Vth Season and earned around R130k each show. In 2017, he quit the business to launch his own label, Beam Group.

It was claimed that Vth Season misused the money of its artists. In 2018, the rapper got a new deal with SONY Music Entertainment Africa and Vth Season.

Kiernan’s debut album, Altar Ego, earned him a Metro FM Award for Best Hip Hop Album in 2011 and a South African Music Award for Best Male Artist of the Year in 2012. He has been nominated for various music awards. Kiernan has received the following honors:

2014: 1. African Muzik Magazine Awards for Best Male Southern Africa and Best Collaboration in 2014; 2. MTV Africa Music Awards for Best Collaboration in 2014; and 3. 21st South African Music Awards for Best Male Artist

2015: Best Collaboration, Most Valuable Artist, Most Digital Sales, Song of the Year, and Video of the Year at the 4th South African Hip Hop Awards.

2016: Best Collaboration and Best Hit Single at the 15th Metro FM Music Awards

Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite South African Star in 2019 and Namibia Annual Music Awards for Pan African Artist of the Year in 2019.

2020: The 26th South African Music Awards for Music Video of the Year will be held.

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How AKA Made a Fortune of a $12 Million Net Worth

AKA is without a doubt one of the wealthiest performers in South African Hip Hop, and he is continuously working to increase his earnings through different sponsorship deals.

He has already began to establish a life for himself outside of music by collecting a series of endorsement deals that ensure that even if he does not release any songs, he will still get rewarded.

The most important is his partnership with Cruz Vodka, which allows him to develop his own trademark taste under the brand. He has already released the beverage and it has quickly sold out.

The rapper recently disclosed another agreement he inked with Vodacom but has yet to release the exact terms. The following is a complete list of AKA’s endorsement partnerships over the years.

Cruz Vodka Deal: Following his multi-million rand ambassador contract with the vodka company in 2016, Africa’s biggest Star created the much-anticipated limited edition Cruz Watermelon Vodka with Cruz Vodka. This is Africa’s first exclusive collaboration and stands on the same level as worldwide partnerships for Sean Combs’ partnership with Ciroc and 50 Cent’s partnership with Vitamin Water. Under terms of this collaboration deal, AKA is going beyond the traditional endorser/ambassador role to partake in the vodka’s profit split every bottle sold throughout Africa – a game changer in the South African spirit beverage sector.

Betway: South African rapper AKA has been named a brand ambassador for the South African branch of the online betting service Betway, this was according to an announcement from the company.

Other endorsements

He’s also secured deals with Reebok, headphone brand Rocka, Red Bull, Hunters, MTN and Sony Music Africa.

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