The South African Idols judge Unathi Msengana is one of the highly celebrated female stars in the country. Being the first African that voiced a character in the series ‘Don McStuffins’, she has had many strings of accolades to herself and also honoured at various occasions. Unathi Msengana was born in Grahamstown. As to her education, she went to Victoria Girls High School where she had her secondary education, and after which, she got admitted into the University of Utrecht to study International Media Studies in the Netherlands. Apart from that, she also studied Journalism and Drama at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.
Since she began her professional career, most viewers on the television knew her to be the co-host of season three of the reality competition Popstars back then in 2004 alongside Rowan Cloete. In 2011, she played the role of a judge on the M-Net reality competition Idols when she had to replace Mara Louw. Since then, Unathi Msengana has featured and played the same role in more than five seasons of the popular competition.
As a result of her background in journalism, when she attended the music show ‘Castle Loud’ auditions that aired on SABC 1, she got the job and ended up as one of the producers on the show. As far as her acting career is concerned, Unathi Msengana’s talent got international recognition when she was called up to voice a character in the ‘Doc McStuffins’ series as Rita the Cheetah. Doc McStuffins is a hit edutainment series by Disney. Prior to that time, she had been cast as Rita the Cheetah in No Sweetah Cheetah episode. With hard work and a blend of her potentials, Unathi has received quite a number of awards including MTN Media Awards (hosted by Media Magazine) for the Most Promising Woman in Media 2005. She also received Metro FM Music Awards for the Best Dressed Artist and Song of The Year award both in 2003. Then, according to the Star Newspaper rating, she is reported to be among the top ten personalities in media in 2004 and 2005. At the Media Star in 2014, she won Glamour woman of the year award. Recently, she was voted as South Africa’s Best Female at the Annual Metro FM Music Awards.