Last updated on Jan 29th, 2021 at 09:28 am

John Kani is ending 2019 with a bang! The Lion King star has been unveiled as one of GQ South Africa’s cover stars for the publication’s ‘Gentleman Quarterly’ issue

The critically acclaimed actor was honoured with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the GQ Men of the Year Awards.

John looks dashing on the cover in a suit and black bow tie. 

“Thank you to GQ MAGAZINE and HENNESSY for this honor. Thank you to Yati the Editor in Chief of GQ,” he wrote on Twitter.


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John used his acceptance speech at the GQ awards to shine the spotlight on gender-based violence in South Africa

“If we change the man, there is no need to protect the child or woman,” he said. 

The actor’s followers, including some of his entertainment peers, told him he was more than deserving of the GQ award and cover.

“So deserved Sir! You are magnificent,” TV presenter Leanne Manas commented. 

Former South African talk show host, Felicia Mabuza-Suttle, also heaped praise on the Black Panther star.

“Congrats @JohnKani!  This @GQMagazine cover #Sana! You are giving the young ones a run for their money, including your talented & handsome son @AtandwaKani.

“You are a #legend & our national treasure. Thanks for using your voice to educate the world about #apartheid.” 

A Twitter user wrote: “Very distinguished gentleman. Pure class.”

A third added: “On the eve of closing the century. Wow. Good Choice. Man of Integrity and Honor.”

Rapper Nasty C and designer Tristan Plessis were also honoured with covers

They won ‘Musician of the Year’ and ‘Designer of the Year’ respectively at the GQ awards.

“This has been such an amazing year for me, now topping it off I get a #GQ AWARD AAAAAND #GQ FRONT COVER!!!!!! THANK YOU LORD THANK YOU IVY!” Nasty C wrote on Instagram.

Other famous men who were honoured at the GQ awards include Springbok captian Siya Kolisi (‘Icon of the Year’), Thebe Magugu (‘Breakout Star of the Year’), Good Things Guy’s Brent Lindeque (‘Influencer of the Year’) and Vusi Thembekwayo (‘Business Leader of the Year’).

Lady Skollie was named ‘Woman of the Year’.