Khaya Dlanga is an award-winning marketer in South Africa. He is the current chief marketing officer at Rain Mobile SA. He previously worked for big companies like Coca-Cola SA and The Heineken Company. He is also a best-selling self-help author, and he has published several books, including To Quote Myself: A Memoir and These Things Really do Happen To Me.
Khaya Dlanga’s success did not come on a silver plate. He had a tough upbringing and never finished college due to a lack of finances. His life story is indeed fascinating. Here are Khaya Dlanga profiles.
- Full name: Khaya Dlanga
- Nationality: South African
- Occupation: blogger, marketer, author
- Khaya Dlanga Instagram: @khayadlanga
- Khaya Dlanga twitter: @khayadlanga
Early life and education
The self-help author was born during the Apartheid era in Transkei Village, South Africa, where he was also brought up. He was raised by his mother, whom he says shaped him into the man he is today. Khaya Dlanga siblings include a sister that he occasionally posts on his social media pages. Khaya Dlanga brother, Nganga, died in March 2020.
Khaya attended a Model C School and then went to Hudson Park Primary. He later joined AAA School of Advertising in Cape Town for a diploma but could not complete his studies because of financial constraints. In an earlier interview, he said he had to write a funny Khaya Dlanga CV for him to secure a job in an advertising agency since he had no qualifications.
Khaya Dlanga relationship
There is no one holding the Khaya Dlanga wife title since he is single in 2020. The marketing legend does not shy away from sharing his relationship status to the world. Khaya Dlanga and Dr Khanyile of Mental Matters used to serve couple goals. It is not clear when they broke up because she has moved on with someone else. Other Khaya Dlanga ex girlfriends include Priscilla Menoe and Boity Thulo.
Khaya Dlanga is a bestselling self-help author. He published his first book, In My Arrogant Opinion, in 2012 in association with Pan MacMillan’s The Youngsters’ series. His second book was an autobiography, To Quote Myself, which was published in 2015. The Khaya Dlanga memoir was nominated for the Sunday Times Alan Paton Non-Fiction Prize in 2016. The latest of Khaya Dlanga books is, These Things Really do Happen To Me, which was published in 2018. It describes the day to day experiences that made him who he is today.
Dlanga is also a successful marketer. He is the current Chief Marketing Officer for Rain Mobile South Africa, a position he assumed in November 2018. He previously worked for the following companies.
- The Heineken Company as the Marketing Manager: Amstel from March 2016 to September 2018
- Coca-Cola SA as the Senior Communications Manager: Content Excellence and Digital from July 2010 to February 2016 (While at the soft drink company, he started the Share a Coke campaign in Australia that went viral in more than 90 countries.)
- Metropolitan Republic as the Strategic Creative Planner from May 2007 to June 2010
- The Jupiter Drawing Room Cape Town & Black River FC as a copywriter from March 2003 to April 2007
He has been recognized several times for his contribution to the marketing industry. In 2009, he appeared on Financial Mail’s Ad Focus New Broom of the Year. He was also named as one of the 100 most influential people in media in Jeremy Maggs’s book, Annual on Advertising, Media and Marketing. He has received the following advertising awards:
- Gold Cannes Lion
- Black Eagle
- Several Loeries for marketing effectiveness
- Honorary membership in the University of the Witwatersrand Chapter’s Golden Key Award
Khaya has also made a name for himself as a blogger. He created the Khaya Dlanga blog to feature his life on the internet. He occasionally writes articles for News24 online, Mail & Guardian online, and Cape Times. He also has a strong influence on social media, and he used to be a YouTuber. He has more than 540,000 followers on twitter and 189,000 followers on Instagram in 2020.
The above Khaya Dlanga biography shows that he is among the few South Africans who are both analytical and creative. The award-winning marketer and best-selling author continues to be an inspiration to many.
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