Trevor Noah has been named the South African of the Year 2015 for being recognised globally in a poll conducted on Twitter.
Noah was a narrow winner over cricketer AB de Villiers and sprinter Wayde van Niekerk.
The award is a real morale booster for Noah as he hosts The Daily Show for the first time today.
“The South African of the Year is someone who with a single phenomenal achievement made you extremely proud of being South African,” said Jan Braai, the man behind the National Braai Day initiative and now the South African of the Year project.
“Our intention is to highlight exceptional performances by South Africans that for a brief moment in time brought the country to a standstill,” says Braai, “those special moments where the hearts of the nation beat together united in pride.”
Noah, already a household name in South Africa, was nominated for reaching even greater heights in 2015 when it was announced in March that he would replace Jon Stewart as the host of Comedy Central’s popular ‘The Daily Show’.
The South African of the Year is a registered trademark, but in tune with the National Braai Day initiative is run as a non-profit project with the sole purpose of enhancing the National Heritage Day public holiday as South Africa’s national day of celebration.