AKA put a ring on Nelli Tembe’s finger and then dropped a new music video featuring his girlfriend – is it too soon to say “congratulations”?

Monday was an eventful day across the entertainment world. DJ duo Daft Punk announced they were splitting, while closer to home another duo confirmed they were sticking together for the long run: AKA and Nelli Tembe. The lovebirds shook the nation when AKA posted a picture of Nelli’s hand wearing a lavish diamond ring on his profiles – could this mean what we think it means? 

Are wedding bells in the air?

Usually, a picture of an engagement ring would be all we needed before we started wishing someone congratulations, but with celebrities you never quite know! 

Which is why, when Nelli Tembe’s well-manicured hand appeared on AKA’s social media pages wearing a diamond ring, we were a combination of surprised, excited and hesitant to jump to too many conclusions. AKA raised even more suspicion when he captioned his post, “21/02/21 – love of my life said Yesssss”


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While Nelli shared the same picture on her page with a firmly worded post, directed at their haters

The post read, “Lol you hunnies sayin’ it will end in tears. Learn a thing or two because JOKES on you lovies for being f**** trolls. Happy Frikken Monday”

Nellie Tembe’s post was shared by AKA on his Instagram stories

Soon after the picture went viral, AKA released the visuals to his new single, Finessin’  which features his girlfriend Nelli in the chorus.

Although she’s not too prominent in the visuals, it did lead many to wonder if the engagement might have been a stunt to promote the new music video. 

Why were Zinhle and Bonang trending?

From the moment the picture went viral, many people assumed that AKA and Nelli had indeed gotten engaged and were now heading for the aisle. This led many social media users to bring up AKA’s famous exes, DJ Zinhle (with whom the rapper has a child) and Bonang Matheba. It didn’t help that both ladies’ first names served as the perfect setups for a number of puns.

Check out a few of the memes which trended in reaction to the news.

AKA and Nelli Tembe have been dating for over a year.

The lovers first raised eyebrows in early 2020, months after AKA had split from DJ Zinhle for a second time (in December 2019). Their relationship appeared to be going strong until late in 2020 when they were dogged by breakup rumours. In the time since then, it looks as if they have done more than kiss and makeup.

 If AKA and Nelli are truly engaged, then we wish them the best in their journey towards marriage.