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Picture: AKA’s birthday cake he did not live to see

Vashnie Naidoo was hired to bake a birthday cake for rapper Kiernan Forbes in the shape of the letters of his stage name, AKA.

Two hours after she delivered it to YuGo nightclub on Mathews Meyiwa (Stamford Hill) Road, he was shot and killed. His lifelong friend, Tebello ‘Tibz’ Motsoane, 41, an entrepreneur and celebrity author, was also shot dead in the incident, which happened outside the Florida Road restaurant, Wish on Florida, just after 10 pm on Friday.

Forbes, 35, was scheduled to perform at YuGo nightclub later that night.

Naidoo, of Reservoir Hills, the owner of Cakes by Vee, said the manager of YuGo contacted her early in February to order the cake.

AKA birthday cake

“I initially started making cakes for Club Rich in Springfield about 10 years ago. When their sister club, YuGo, opened, I started making cakes for them as well. These two clubs are known for hosting many celebrities.

“I have made cakes for Shekinah, Nadia Nakai, DJ Tira, Sbahle Mpisane, Andile Mpisane, Zakes Bantwini, Minnie Dlamini, and DJ Merlon. But this was the first time I had baked for AKA.

“Even though AKA’s birthday was over (January 28), the cake was ordered and it was meant to be a surprise.

“The manager and I decided on the design. We wanted to make something different, something unique. We eventually decided to make cakes in the shape of AKA’s initials.

“The cakes were chocolate and vanilla flavoured and were decorated in black, gold, silver, and white, so as to look classy and match the theme of the event.


“I was so excited that I told all my friends I was baking for AKA. Even though I was just the baker behind the scenes, baking for him was an accomplishment and great advertisement for my business.

“I delivered the cake on Friday at around 8pm. I never spoke to or saw AKA in person before, so I had hoped to see him when I arrived. But he was not there, so I left.

“When I later found out about the shooting, I was shocked. I expected him to be celebrating his birthday at YuGo.

“AKA was a famous singer with so much to live for but his life was cut short in such a horrendous way. This is a great loss to South Africa’s music industry.

“AKA made a name for himself at a young age locally and internationally. My heart goes out to his little girl, Kairo.”

The manager at YuGo nightclub confirmed that he had contacted Naidoo to ask her to bake the birthday cake.


In other news – How Kairo Forbes is feeling after her dad, AKA was shot dead

Mzansi DJ Ntombezinhle Jiyane, popularly known as DJ Zinhle, shared an update on her seven-year-old daughter Kairo Forbes after losing her father, rapper Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, popularly known by his stage name, AKA.

AKA and Kairo

AKA was shot dead outside Wish Restaurant on Florida Road, Durban on Friday 10 February. Umlilo hitmaker DJ Zinhle let her 4.9 million Instagram followers know that her daughter — seven-year-old Kairo Forbes is feeling better today. Learn More

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