These titles - awarded by Pageant SA – are not his first taste of success. Two years ago, he was crowned Mr Universal South Africa 2018 and Face of South Africa 2018.


Starting his journey


His journey in pageantry began in 2011 when the owner of a talent academy discovered him. The more competitions he participated in, the more his passion for pageants grew. Some of the pageants he has entered are Mr Teen Potchefstroom, Mr Teen Promosa and Mr Teen Ikageng.


Daniel grew up in Nigeria and moved to South Africa with his family in 2005. His father is a professor of entomology at the University of Limpopo and his mother is a postdoctoral fellow in industrial psychology on the NWU’s Vanderbijlpark Campus.


Taking the lead


He is deeply involved in youth development (see first text box below) and has played leadership roles at various organisations.


At the NWU, these roles include head of finance for Students Advocating Leadership and Transformation (focusing on student health, social and academic matters), service director for the Golden Key chapter, and brand ambassador and head of marketing for Enactus NWU (an international organisation that promotes entrepreneurship).


In addition, he has served as project leader for the Student RAG Community Service and is a former executive member of the Student Representative Council.


Daniel is also taking the lead as fundraising director for the SA Board for People Practices and is involved in leadership roles in various charities.


The future awaits


The Sir SA pageant crowning was done virtually due to Covid-19 regulations. The winners will now represent their titles and South Africa at the many international competitions to which Pageants SA is affiliated.


With his personal motto “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”, Daniel will be working in his community during the next 12 months, making a difference to others.


In his free time, he enjoys playing chess, dancing, mentoring, travelling and implementing youth drives.

Making a difference, one chess piece at a time


As one of the best chess players at the NWU, Daniel recently hosted a successful online chess tournament to raise funds for a sanitary products drive. (Click here to read more about the tournament.)

Daniel, who is deeply involved with youth development, will be working in his community during the next 12 months.

Daniel Asiwe, a final-year industrial psychology and labour relations student at the Potchefstroom Campus, has been crowned as Sir SA 2020 and Face of South Africa 2020.

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a true philanthropist at heart