- Durban actor and comedian Preven Reddy, aka Aunty Shamilla, has become a household name all over Mzansi
- The social media personality is the first South African of Indian origin to bag a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award and can now share the ranks of stars such as Sho Madjozi
- He recently started his own brand with the intent to use some of the money made to help a Durban animal centre
South African-born actor and comedian Preven Reddy has taken the world by storm, but life hasn't always been lavish. From the small suburb of Queensburgh in Durban, Reddy attended Queensburgh High School before transferring to Durban Boys' High School.
His claim to fame is his alter-ego, “Aunty Shamilla” - a caricature of his mother.
“I knew that the internet was where entertainment was going and I wanted to find a way to make a career out of it,” said Reddy.
This year, Reddy was the recipient of a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award in the African Social Star category. He shared the news of his win by retweeting Nickelodeon's original tweet of his win with the words “I’m in tears.”
Reddy is the first South African of Indian origin to have won the award and also the first to have been nominated.
Reddy lives in both Durban and Johannesburg and has recently launched his own merchandise. He launched a shirt titled “I Saved A Fur Baby” with all proceeds going to Phoenix Animal and Care Treatment (PACT).
In other news, Briefly.co.za previously reported on Sho Madjozi winning the Favourite African Star award at the Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards.
The rapper told TshisaLIVE she couldn't be happier about the awesome honour. She said:
“Our job is to work, move forward and never reverse. Nickelodeon thank you for this amazing award and to everyone that voted. I am so excited! World, we have one message for you, Africa is coming and we are coming for you."
Sho Madjozi was nominated alongside Shekhinah, Teni and Patricia Kihoro in the Favourite African Star category. Children around the world cast millions of votes for their favourite celebrities, movies, games, and more.
This year’s virtually-produced show revealed the winners through some of the most creative orange-blimp acceptances in Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards history.
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