Event organizers might have to dig just slightly deeper to book Zodwa Wabantu, now that Google Trends has revealed that she was one of the Most Searched Personalities in South Africa in the past year.
The socialist, dancer and MC appears at #4 on the list, coming ahead of Mandla Hlatshwayo, Lundi Tymara, Grace Mugabe and amongst others, Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, who died earlier this year.
The most searched for personality in 2018, however, is Rhythm City actor Dumi Masilela, who was killed in October during a reported botched hijacking in Tembisa.
He was survived by wife Simphiwe Ngema, who subsequently appears on the list at #7.
Legendary South African actor Joe Mafela and former South African rugby player Joost Van Der Westhuizen both make the top 3 respectively. They both died this year.
Other deaths on the list are Lundi Tymara, Hugh Hefner and Chester Bennington. Alongside Grace Mugabe, who made headlines for assault charges and fleeing the scene, Zodwa is on the list purely for her popularity.
Isibaya, Uzalo and Idols SA – all South African productions – all appear in the Top 10 Most Searched for TV shows.
A Complete look at South African Google Trends 2018