Born in Port St John’s, Nokwe by birth was a percentage Xhosa and Batman. Nokwe moved to Durban in 1942 and started school at eMbhoshongweni (an Indian Temple) in Somtseu Road which was under Loram Government School supervision. Nokwe was a brilliant student and teachers decided to promote him as a result he proceeded to St Faith’s Mission in Carlisle Street.
Nokwe joined the Municipal Brass Band and attended tap dancing lessons. He also belonged to a male vocal group called the “Rockets’, while at the same time he was working for the Salvation Army Social Farm.
Nokwe had been involved in various stage plays and film work at that time inlcuding Alan’s Paton’s stage play “Umkhumbane”. His work amassed enormous knowledge which enabled him to impart some of it to a group of local children “Amajika”. Nokwe took full commitment to train the group in 1982, today the group perform in big shows like Sarafina, uMabatha and The Lion King.
Nokwe received several awards:
Durban Theatre Awards for 2002 to 2003; Blue Fountain Award for Outstanding Contribution to the South African Film Industry; A Citation for “1949” a play by Ronnie Govender for recognition as a former citizen of Umkhumbane; F.N.B. Vita Award for best Performance by an actor in a supporting role as “Willie” in Master Harold and The Boys; Life Time Achievement Fool’s Awards in 2004; S’swhi Award of Excellence in KwaMashu; A Living Treasure Award; and lastly Recognition for preserving “Imbudledle” the late Dalton Khanyile’s legendary educational instrument for the past, contemporary and future generation by the eThekwini Municipality.