Criselda Kananda age: biography, net worth, education, husband, car, background

Criselda Kananda (born 9 September 1969) is a South African motivational speaker, Radio Disk Jockey, and TV presenter. She is also an ex-nurse, medical underwriter, and counselor.

The media personality is known to have gone through a lot. She never allowed the weight that these obstacles brought to bully her out of the better things the future holds.

Today, she has grown to be a personality many women look up to and has become a role model to many.


Criselda Kananda profile
NameCriselda Kananda
Born9 September 1969 (age 52 years)
NationalitySouth African
HusbandSiyolo Dudumashe
EducationPsycho-Neuro immunology, Health, Positive Living, MDP
Alma materGordon Institute of South Africa
ProfessionMotivational speaker, Radio DJ, TV presenter, ex-nurse, medical underwriter, counselor
Net worth$2 million


Criselda Kananda biography

The veteran media personality was born on 9 September 1969 in South Africa. For her academic pursuit, she attended the Gordon Institute of South Africa.

There she studied Psycho-Neuro immunology, Health, Positive Living, and MDP.

Her academic background is enough proof of her love for learning. She has managed to land job roles in Direct Marketing, Project Management, and Business Communication.

The actress however is HIV positive and among People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in the country. She has been living with the virus for over ten years now.

Criselda carried out research on the illness and has kept on campaigning to raise more awareness to the members of the public. 

To proof the negative image portrayed on her condition wrong, she endeavors to be good-looking.


In June 2015, she got married to her husband Siyolo Dudumashe. The couple exchanged their marital vows at Rhema Church, Randburg.

For their wedding reception, they hosted it at swanky Summer Place, Johannesburg.

Many popular celebrities came to witness them exchange their marital vows. Among the notable figures who attended the memorable ceremony is Winnie Madikizela Mandela.


She is a proud mother of three children including Thatohatsi, Makhosazana, and Thandolwethu. Though her marriage is a fruitful one, she still was a victim of abuse.

Marital Abuse

Reports online covered that the renowned media personality was a victim of abuse when she was married to Siyolo.

He abused her to the extend she sought legal justice. She took the bold step of filing charges against her husband. 

She further shared with fans and followers on social media the abuse that followed her marital life.

In early 2019, she took another bold decision after she dropped the charges against Siyolo. In 2020, Criselda made it public that she was getting a divorce.


The strong woman is also multi-talented and can fit in many careers. Criselda has worked in organizations owned by the government and co-operate sectors both on the local and international scene.

She founded Positive Talk Services, a consultancy and talk service with its primary aim on wellness.

As an author, she wrote a book which is a memoir about her. The book would reveal her journey and the challenges she encountered and overcame to get to the position she is today.


She drives a Jaguar model for some years now, the ride is estimated to cost around seven hundred thousand rands.

Although she took to Instagram to complain about the services of the Jaguar’s automobile company. The car has however left her with memories that she is grateful for.


Criselda Kananda education

She has spent several years in the entertainment scene, made an impact, and has earned some awards.

Like in 2006, Criselda represented the country in the UN General Assembly Special Meeting on Communicable Diseases.

She smiled home with recognition as “One of Ten Most Influential South African Women”.

Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation also has chosen her to represent the country in London in a meeting.


She is active on social media and has managed to grow her fan base through these platform.

  • Instagram: @positivegp.
  • Twitter: @positivegp.


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