South African comedian Trevor Noah has won big at the 2017 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards in Los Angeles‚ California‚ taking home the trophy for Favourite African Star.
The Daily Show host beat fellow South Africans Pearl Thusi and Wayde Van Niekerk‚ Nigerians Yemi Alade and Funke Akindele Bello and Kenyan Lupita Nyong’o to take home the coveted orange ‘blimp’ after kids across Africa voted for him.
Thank you Nickelodeon and thank you to the kids for choosing me. Kids never chose me in school but better late than never!!! 😭❤🙏🏽 https://t.co/FF11yEfCId
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 12, 2017
The news follows Noah’s latest triumph when he was chosen as one of 10 Next Generation Leaders by Time Magazine‚ who praised him as “the master of the eloquent Trump-takedown”.
Receiving his award at the set of The Daily Show‚ Noah quipped: “Nickelodeon! And the kids! Thank you so much for this amazing award‚ I am so honoured to be your Favourite African Star.”
Peering inside his award‚ Noah continued‚ “Did you know that it’s a kaleidoscope? I didn’t know that‚ you can see things – oh look at that! I can see Africa. Oh-oh-oh… I wanna go home.”
Chris Torline‚ senior marketing and digital director of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa‚ said: “It’s amazing to see the broad appeal Trevor enjoys among comedy fans of all ages.”