6 Mzansi’s Local Celebs Who Made Us Proud Internationally In 2016

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Though we counted losses, we can’t deny the fact that 2016 has been quite a big year full of success stories for some of Mzansi’s local celebs.

These celebs have hoisted the South African flag so high it would be hard to bring it down. This was made possible with their achievements in the international realm.

Celebrities like Daily Show host Trevor Noah and actress Pearl Thusi went from nailing a one-on-one interview with the president of the United States Barack Obama, to starring in the popular US show Quantico.

Without Much ado, here’s a list of Mzansi’s local celebs who ruled in 2016

Pearl Thusi

Actress Pearl Thusi received nothing short of love as she successfully made her much-anticipated debut on US drama series Quantico earlier this year. The former Metro FM presenter scored a role in the hit US series Quantico as Dayana Mampasi, described as a type-A lawyer struggling to fit in.

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The juicy news hit the waves when Quantico lead star Priyanka Chopra shared a season 2 cast members snapshot on her Instagram. Apparently, Thusi was right there, spotted among the newest cast.

Trevor Noah

Of course, the list wouldn’t be complete without the SA-born comedian who has made it big in the United States. Noah has had a memorable 2016 filled with some remarkable achievements. Thus, we can comfortably say he’s one of Mzansi’s local celebs who ruled 2016.

After taking over as host of the The Daily Show from Jon Stewart late last year, the comedian took the show to the next level. At the beginning of 2016, Noah saw his ratings soar. Subsequently, Viacom stated that his show was “the most watched late-night talk show among adults 18-24”.

But that’s not all. Noah also released a book titled Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. The book is about his childhood and growing up during the last days of Apartheid. Upon it’s release, Noah’s book made it on the New York Bestseller list.

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Again, the audio biography was spotted among the top ten of Audible book sales. Not done yet, the same book also landed on the list of nominees for the 2016 NAACP Image Awards.

Think Trevor Noah is done yet? Think again. In addition, the Daily Show host went on to interview the US President Barack Obama at the White House!

Black Coffee

Earlier this year, rapper DJ Black Coffee became the first South African to win a BET award in the Best International Act – Africa category.



The race was definitely not an easy one as Black Coffee crushed out other superstars like AKA‚ Cassper Nyovest‚ Diamond Platnumz‚MzVee‚ Serge Beynaud‚ Wizkid and Yemi Alade to win the BET trophy.

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The DJ wrapped up the year with the news that his latest EP, The Journey Continues, has been certified gold. This was confirmed within 24 hours of its release this December.

Terry Pheto

Back in November, SA actress Terry Pheto was nominated for a prestigious British Independent Film Award. The award was in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role as Naledi Khama in the film A United Kingdom.

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Bonang Matheba

SA’s ‘it’ girl Bonang Matheba was singled out for her taste and love for fashion and named the African ambassador for Ipanema footwear.

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Again, the self-acclaimed Queen B also earned the respect of some MTV bigwigs after taking up an impromptu MTV gig. This follows her recent role as MTV MAMA host. Irrespective of the very short notice, Bonang brought her A-game as always and pulled off a flawless show.

Nomzamo Mbatha

SA Actress Nomzamo Mbatha is definitely one of Mzansi’s local celebs who has made us really proud this year.

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She headed to Washington DC earlier this month to address at least 2000 global delegates at the African Studies Association (ASA) 59th annual meeting. She reportedly educated her audience on South African Film & Television.