Instagram is an effective social media platform that connects celebrities with their fans. But of course, some people are celebs are more popular than others on there. Let’s find out which South African celebs come out on top in terms of numbers of followers on the social network. Check the 10 Most Followed South African Celebrities On Instagram:
10. AKA — 1.7M
Rapper, song writer and businessman. He has opened for legends like Ed Sheeran, 2 Chainz on their SA tours. He signed a mega music deal with Sony in 2014. He is DJ Zinhle’s baby daddy and recently broke up with Bonang Matheba who he dated for a while.
9. DJ Zinhle — 2M
She is a very popular club DJ. The career woman and mother-of-one have done well to make a name for herself in her country. Her baby daddy is a fellow celebrity, AKA, and her daughter’s name is Rairo Owethu Forbes.
8. Pearl Thusi — 2.2M
Model, actress, OAP, TV personality, she is a woman of many talents. She is the presenter of “Lip Sync Battle Africa” as well as “Moments South Africa.” She also made her country proud when she made her acting debut in “Quantico.” a US crime drama TV show. She played the character, Dayana Mampri in the popular series.
7. Bonang Matheba — 2.3M
She needs no introduction. The former DJ is currently a businesswoman and TV personality. She is famous for being the host of popular SABC 1 music show “Live.” and recently joined as host on “Top Billing.”
Bonng is highly regarded for her awesome presenting skills and her engaging voice. She is also a popular philanthropist who is known for being the first black South African to feature on numerous magazines.
6. Cassper Nyovest — 2.4M
Refiloe Maele Phoolo is a South African artiste and producer. His first album was released in 2014 and since then he hasn’t looked back. Four years ago, he confirmed his relationship with Boitumelo Thulo after months of denying the rumour. They eventually broke up in December 2015. He has received so many awards for his many works in the industry. He has 4 albums to his credit, “Sweet and Short.” being the latest and it dropped last yaer.
5. Boitumelo Thulo — 2.4M
She calls herself a legend in the making and we simply find it hard to disagree. This beauty is an outstanding TV personality. She is popularly known for her character as Mpho Bogatsu on Mzansi Magic’s “Rockville.” and presenting e.tv’s music show, “Club 808.”
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She graduated with a Psychology and Criminology degree from Monash University. She dated Cassper Nyovest for a while till they broke up in December 2015. She has been a model and rapper in the past. Boitumelo Thulo was also seen on Big Brother Africa for a while but not as a housemate.
4. Trevor Noah — 3.5M
Popular comedian Trevor is South Africa’s sweetheart with a remarkable sense of humor, funny impressions and deep knowledge of the happenings in his country. He is also a TV and Radio host. Presently, he is known for hosting “The Daily Show.” and is set to keep that up till 2022. Trevor’s book titled “Born A Crime.” was published 3 years ago, it became a New York Times’ bestseller almost immediately.
3. Charlize Theron — 3.8M
She is a South African and American film producer and screen goddess. She has won several awards like the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and Silver Bear. Charlize also supports African youths in the fight against HIVAIDS via CTAOP – The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project. In 2018, she was named a UN Messenger of Peace.
Charlize Theron stunned us all when she naturalized as a US citizen 12 years ago, without doing away with her SA citizenship. Theron is a supporter of same-sex marriage.
2. AB de Villiers — 6.8M
Former South Africa cricketer and a diligent family man, he is nothing but a household name. He is known as one of the best batsmen of his generation after years of dazzling South Africans and the world with his cricketing skills. He is also a former captain of his country’s cricket team. He got married to his girlfriend, Danielle Stewart in March 2011 and they currently have 2 sons together. AB de Villiers is a staunch Manchester United fan and has said his favorite footballer is Lionel Messi.
1. Candice Swanepoel — 13.1M
The Supermodel has had an amazing career in modeling. She is most famous for her work with Victoria’s Secret. 3 years ago, she was listed 8th on the Forbes top-earning model list, sealing her place as one of the pacesetters in the modeling industry. Just 2018, she launched her own swimwear collection “Topic of C.” Candice Swanepoel broke up with longtime boyfriend, Hermann Nicol late last year.
There you have it. A comprehensive list of South African most followed celebrities on Instagram. If there are other celebrities with higher followership, that was not featured in this list, please let us know.