Actress Manaka Ranaka is famously known for playing the role of Lucy Diale on Generations The Legacy. On Generations The Legacy, Lucy Diale character is the older sibling in the Diale family; she is also referred to as the Shebeen Queen or The Queen of Gomora. Lucy is married to businesswoman Mrekza Makhafola – the role played by Kope Mkagae; Lucy has reached menopause hence can no longer give birth. She is a mother of two, her biological daughter Namhla Diale – the role played by Thuli Phongolo and adopted daughter Mbali – the role played by Ditebogo Ledwaba.
Often referred to as Mama Sigebengu – translated in English to mother of crime, Lucy got trapped in the criminal life. She was arrested and served jail time at a tender age; once a criminal, always a criminal, she always breaks the law to make quick money despite having a shebeen business.
Despite being rough and tough, Lucy is a family woman; she controls the Diale household and often reprimands her younger brother Cosmo –the role played by Ronnie Nyakale. She takes care of their grandmother Gog Flo – the role played by Ivy Nkutha, who she turns to for advice and prayer in times of trouble.
Manaka Ranaka – Lucy Diale Age
Questions have been asked about Lucy’s age in real life. On Generations The Legacy, she has reached menopause. According to medical experts, a woman reaches menopause at the age of 55. Manaka Ranaka was born on 6 April 1979 in Soweto. She is a mother of two daughters, 22-year-old Katlego and Naledi, 13 and Seni, from different fathers and a grandmother.
She made her television breakthrough two decades ago on Isidingo, where she played the role of Nandipha Sithole. Manaka is an older sister to Dineo Ranaka, a South African radio and television presenter, actress and DJ.
Manaka joined the Generations The Legacy as a supporting cast; she grew over the storyline to the leading role and, to date, is one the most paid actors on the SABC 1 soapie opera.
In January 2021, ward winning actress Manaka Ranaka hogged the headlines after being labelled a home breaker for snatching her then married baby daddy actor Ntuthuko from Bronwyn Dudu Zungu.