Annie Ludick (born on February 24th, 1992; Age: 31 years old) is a reality TV star and businesswoman who serves as the owner of award-winning businesses Annaesthetic Beauty Studio, LeopardPrint Dance Agency, and WeDo Marketing.
Annie attained celebrity status through her appearances on the Showmax reality TV series, The Real Housewives of Durban. She used the platform to build her brand, having been the founder of several businesses. Besides being a serial entrepreneur and reality TV star, Annie Ludick is a wife and a mother. She is married to businessman Kgolo “Daguru” Mthembu.
How Old Is Annie from Real Housewives of Durban?
Annie Ludick, also known as Annie Mthembu, is 31 years old. She was born in Durban on February 24th, 1992. Her zodiac sign is Pisces.
In February 2022, Annie celebrated her 30th birthday in grand style. She had an extravagant party on her birthday weekend that was attended by celebrities, including Lasizwe Dambuza and The Real Housewives of Durban cast. She took to Instagram to thank her husband for the surprise birthday presents and her fans as well for their good wishes.
The RHOD Star Experienced Bullying While Growing Up in the UK
Although Annie Ludick was born in South Africa, she moved to the United Kingdom at a tender age. Her parents and siblings are yet unknown. Nevertheless, she is said to have a sister with whom she co-owns a marketing agency. Ludick suffered serious bullying while growing up in the United Kingdom.
Opening up about the ugly experience on The Real Housewives of Durban, the 31-year-old explained that she was alone and wasn’t accepted as people did many things to get at her. She was attacked for a long time while completing her basic education in the country, and at some point, people would hit her over the head with umbrellas.
Consequently, during lunchtime, she would sit by herself and be reading books, and the experience has shaped her to be self-conscious.
Annie Ludick’s Educational Background
Annie Ludick had her secondary and tertiary education in the United Kingdom. She enrolled at Peterborough Regional College in 2009. Two years later, she graduated with a Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Accounting and Business/Management. She subsequently studied AAT Accounting and Performing Arts and Dance before moving to South Africa in 2011
The Serial Entrepreneur Started Out as a Dancer
During her stay in the UK, Annie Ludick worked as a professional dancer in clubs. She moved to SA at the age of 19 and began participating in dance competitions. While she visited The Bellagio club for a meeting about a dance competition, she luckily met an executive member of the club who offered her the job of a dancer and club hostess.
Later in August 2014, she started working as a marketing and events assistant for Kgolo Daguru Experiential, a Durban-based marketing and events agency. She carried out diverse roles in her position, including financial planning and marketing, social media marketing and management, as well as event conceptualization and production.
Before leaving the agency to focus on her business ventures in July 2021, Annie Ludick further worked as a project manager and also was promoted to Senior Partner.
Annie Ludick’s Businesses
It’s no secret that Annie Ludick serves as the owner of multiple businesses. Having described herself as a risk taker and problem solver, the Durban native has established herself not only in the entertainment industry but in the beauty, fashion, and marketing domains. Below is a peek into her business ventures.
1. LeopardPrint Dancing Agency
During her stint as a dancer, Annie got introduced to the nightlife entertainment and hospitality industry. She eventually opened a dance academy called LeopardPrint Dance Academy and created the blueprint for dancers to be active in the Durban Nightlife spaces. Today, the agency hires dancers for high-profile events.
The businesswoman also holds dance fitness boot camps at her husband’s club, Views at Twenty5.
2. WeDo Marketing Agency
Annie Ludick moved on to launch a 360 marketing agency called WeDOMarketing SA in March 2021. The creative marketing firm is based in Durban and prides itself in creating convincing means for brands to reach their target markets. Ludick aims to grow the business into a multi-national agency in the next few years.
3. Annaesthetic Beauty Studio
Durban’s luxury beauty salon, Annaesthetic Beauty Studio, was founded by Annie Ludick in 2019. She serves as the chief executive officer of the one-stop beauty shop situated in the suburb of Morningside and overlooks the Indian Ocean and Moses Mabhida Stadium. As one of the biggest beauty lifestyle brands in the KwaZulu-Natal province, Kgolo Mthembu’s wife plans on franchising the salon in SA.
The beauty studio offers the following services:
- Manicures and pedicures
- Facial treatments
- Nail enhancement
- Wig making and styling
- Makeup application
Annie’s Role on The Real Housewives of Durban
Before appearing on the popular Showmax reality show, The Real Housewives of Durban, Ludick had already added one acting credit to her resume. In 2011, she took to acting and played the role of Susan in a short film titled Keep a Secret. Then, in January 2021, alongside Sorisha Naidoo, Nonku Williams, and Slindile Wendy Ndlovu, she debuted as one of the casts of RHODurban.
Having attained good ratings in the first season, the show was renewed for the second season. And it’s presently in the third season, which premiered in February 2023. It is one of the most-watched shows on Showmax, and Annie Ludick has been one of the most-talked-about cast on social media. She’s often slammed for turning the heat on the show.
Since her debut on RHODurban, Annie has gained heavy backlash from the viewers. If not criticized for her mischievous behavior, she’s backlashed for her unique fashion sense and creative hairstyles. And the negative criticisms have deeply affected her. Thus, she has had to go for therapy. Furthermore, the young entrepreneur has complained that the behaviors of some of her fellow housewives sometimes get her emotionally drained.
It got to the point that she explained to the production team that she wasn’t feeling safe and they were not supposed to bring people who will put other cast members in danger on the show. Amidst the drama and controversies, Annie Ludick has remained one of the most-exciting housewives.
What Is Annie Ludick’s Net Worth?
Annie Ludick’s net worth is estimated at $600,000 (R10.8 million). By spreading her wings across diverse businesses, she has successfully landed herself the status of a self-made millionaire in Rands. In the past few years, her 360 agency, WeDO Marketing, has been busy with exciting work.
Also, at her one-stop beauty salon – Annaesthetics Beauty Studio, she sells a range of skincare, body care, and hair care products, as well as accessories, facial kits, and mani-pedi kits.
Annie Ludick Met Her Husband, Kgolo, in 2011
At the age of 19 in 2011, Annie Ludick visited The Bellagio for a meeting. There, she met her now husband, Kgolo “Daguru” Mthembu, who was an executive member of the club. As she walked in, he thought that she came for an interview, and Annie being an opportunist, told him that she didn’t actually come for a job, but if he had one, she would love to have it. After revealing to Kgolo that she can dance, he offered her the job of a dancer and club hostess on the spot.
Some years later, the reality TV personality started working as Daguru’s personal assistant. Though it was a platonic relationship at first, the two later got romantically involved. Annie Ludick disclosed in an interview that Kgolo helped her to recover from a toxic relationship she was in at the time they met. He also drew her close to God after she was plagued with guilt for having an abortion which made her stay away from God.
As Kgolo Mthembu recognized Annie’s knack for turning ideas into thriving businesses, he decided to make her his wife. He proposed to her in the middle of the grand canal on a gondola in Italy.
In 2021, She Got Married to Kgolo Mthembu in a White Wedding
After months of talking about her wedding plans on The Real Housewives of Durban, Annie Ludick and Kgolo Mthembu got married in a fabulous wedding in April 2021. The nuptials, which were held at La Paris Estate in the Cape Winelands, were graced by only close-knit family and friends due to coronavirus restrictions at the time.
Annie looked ever gorgeous as she donned an unconventional pink wedding gown designed by Jacqui Emmanuel. Her husband, on the other hand, wore Prince Bespoke suits as he changed twice. And he equally rocked stylish Louis Vuitton shoes. Meanwhile, before the glamorous wedding, Annie Mthembu had a bridal shower themed, ‘Bad B*tches Only’.
The theme, of course, caught other housewives off guard as they never considered themselves to be ‘bad b*tches’. Nevertheless, they went all out to ensure that the party was colorful.
How Many Children Does Annie Ludick Have?
Annie Ludick has three children; two daughters and a son. Her first daughter was from her husband’s previous relationship, and she’s a grown-up. She then had a daughter and a son with Daguru before their wedding. Born on June 18th, 2019, Annie’s second daughter is 4 years old. Her son, on the other hand, is 3 years old, as he was born on August 31st, 2020.
Celebrating motherhood in May 2021, the businesswoman gushed over her three children in heartwarming posts. While she thanked her first daughter for teaching her how to love in a new way, she praised her second child for having a quick mind. And then her son for teaching her balance and consistency.
Annie Mthembu opened up about having Bell’s Palsy during her first pregnancy. She said that the neurological disorder, which causes weakness on one side of the face, is the reason for her lazy eye look and her eyelashes looking off.
What Does Annie Ludick’s Husband do for a Living?
Annie Ludick’s husband, Kgolo “Daguru” Mthembu, is a prominent club owner and a highly-respected events promoter in South Africa. He has worked with many leading advertising agencies in the country, including Lascaris, TBWA, Hunt, and Lowe. He also serves as the owner of Kgolo Daguru Experiential, an experiential events agency.
Furthermore, he owns the popular Durban-based nightclub, Views at Twenty5, and is the co-owner of Rich Durban nightclub. In 2019, Rich Durban was rated as one of the world’s most exceptional nightclubs by the global network, The World’s Finest Clubs. Later in December 2021, Kgolo acquired a new business space named Yugo.
For changing the Durban Club scene with his great ideas, he has received many accolades, including Loerie Award.
Cheating Allegations Against Annie’s Husband
Annie Mthembu trended on social media in March 2023 as a result of her husband’s alleged affair with ladies. It was speculated that Kgolo Mthembu was expecting a child with another woman. And the soon-to-be baby mama was said to be organizing a baby shower in Durban at the time. The cheating rumor was circulated by the Facebook gossip blog, JoziTube.
Additionally, Daguru was accused of having an extramarital affair with MaMkhize‘s stepdaughter, Sbahle Mpisane, in that same month. Entertainment blog, Maphephandaba broke the news about the alleged infidelity, claiming that an anonymous Instagram user sent a DM to them regarding the affair.
In the screenshot uploaded on the blog, the anonymous lady claimed to have spotted Sbahle with Daguru holding hands at the Capital Hotel in Durban. She said she couldn’t take pictures because she was with her man, who knew the club owner, and they exchanged pleasantries. Refuting the rumor, Sbahle Mpisane shared a photo of the screenshot on Instagram and stamped fake news on it.
She tagged Annie and her husband in the post and wrote, “I don’t know why and how my name is involved here.” Annie commented on the post and said, “SMH (shaking my head) yah neh.” Later on, the women on the RHODurban started gossiping about whether Annie’s husband has been faithful as a result of the businesswoman saying on the show that she and her husband had been through a lot.
Annie had to clear the air about the cheating allegation in an interview with Lungelo KM on his podcast, Engineer Your Life. She asserted that she made the statement not based on cheating but on her defensive behavior towards her husband, who’s more mature in behavior as he’s 11 years older than her.
Annie Ludick’s House and Cars
Though there are trivial details about Annie Ludick’s house in the media, just as other cast members of The Real Housewives of Durban, the 31-year-old lives in an opulent home with her husband. The women of RHODurban are quite known to have exquisite taste when it comes to their homes.
Interestingly, the reality TV star has a breathtaking car collection. It consists of exotic cars that loudly beam luxury and comfort. She is said to own the following cars:
- Customized pink Range Rover Sport
- A blue Range Rover Sport
- Custom-painted Mercedes Benz GLC Coupe