South Africa’s Biggest Twitter Celebrities

AB de Villiers Twitter February 2016

AB De Villiers is an immensely talented batsman.  When he’s in the crease he has the uncanny ability to place the ball all over the oval, making him unpredictable and brilliant to watch, and a nightmare for opposing bowlers.  Off the pitch he seems like a genuinely down to earth, likeable character.  Both of these factors might have a little (or a lot) to do with the fact that Mr de Villiers is the most popular South African celebrity on Twitter.

Recent research conducted by BlackSmoke has discovered that AB de Villiers is leading the pack when it comes to most-followed South African celebrities on Twitter.  This is definitely an accomplishment when you think that we have some extremely popular, and very followable, celebrities on (or at least hailing from) our shores.

Trevor Noah is ploughing towards global celebrity status with his regular gig as host of the Daily Show, and Candice Swanepoel has certainly turned more than a few heads from the Victoria’s Secret catwalk.

But take nothing away from AB de Villiers – he regularly plays on the world stage as captain of South Africa’s one-day cricket team, and he delights TV audiences in his Lay’s advertisements.  It thus stands to reason that South Africa’s Twitter users would want to know what he’s getting up to.  And they certainly do.  With 2.68 million followers, AB de Villiers is sitting comfortably at the top of the list.

Who Else Heads the Twitter List?

Second to AB de Villiers is Trevor Noah, with 2.63 million followers.  Noah too, as mentioned, has recently taken the global stage with his turn as host of the Daily Show.  So, while he might be a few hundred thousand followers short of de Villiers as things stand, he might soon be nipping at the cricketer’s heels – especially if he keeps up his recent string of well-received episodes.

Third on the most-followed list of South African celebrities is Bonang Matheba, the popular television host, radio personality, and businesswoman.  Possibly best known for hosting Top Billing, the prevalent magazine show, Bonang Matheba rounds out the top three Twitter celebrities with 1.23 million followers.

Fourth position on the list goes to another female role model; radio and television personality, Minenhle Dlamini.  Dlamini boasts 1.06 million Twitter followers.  She also leads another strong woman; Western Cape premier, Helen Zille.  Helen Zille has garnered 763,000 followers with her strong political tweets.

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