Abena Aviyor is an actress born in Kitwe, Zambia on the February 25, 1975. At the age of 5, her family moved to Lesotho and later settled in the former Transkei where she did all her formal schooling. She studied Law at UCT before shifting to gain a diploma in acting and presentation from City Varsity in 1998.
In June 1999 Abena landed the job of stand in for Angela Basset in “Boesman and Lena”. This gave her an opportunity to improve her acting skills as she soon landed her debut TV role as Lerato, in the long standing South African soapie “Generations”. Afterwards, she starred as Kwezi in the controversial SABC 3 drama “This Life” and in a Canadian Sci Fi drama “Charlie Jade”.
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She went on to gain invaluable theatre experience working in the SA theatre world as Claudia in the acclaimed play “Honour”, a play directed by Alan Swerdlow , with co-actors of legendary Fiona Ramsay and Graham Hopkins as lead acts.
Abena also starred in movies like The Machine Preacher and Dinosaur Project.