10 Questions with: Neville D

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Meet Neville D, Cape Town based musician, who is part of the Ootrey family. We decided to ask this inspiring guy a few deep questions. Enjoy.
  1. If you had to explain to an alien who you are and what you do…what would you say?

I’m Neville Diedericks (and we always thought the D was for "dominie") and I’m married to Liezle Sharon Diedericks who is the beautiful mother of our 3 amazing children. She is also the lawyer for our company named “ Nefty Productions (Pty) Ltd”.  

I’ve been a singer and music producer for more than 20 years and I love what I’m doing. In 2015, myself and Israel Houghton won the Dove Award for “Traditional Gospel Song of the year” which we co-wrote and in 2016  Israel Houghton and I were nominated for a Grammy Award for the song, "How Awesome is our God".


  1. How long have you been wearing glasses?

Since the age of 20.


  1. What is a macula and an iris?

I know for a fact that both has to do with eyes and that I’ve got it lol! (well done!)


  1. Tell us about your weight-loss journey. What made you start?

I started because I was unhappy with my weight and because my health became a concern to me. One of the main reasons for starting my weight loss journey was because my mom died a few years ago and she was only 63 years old. The cause of her death was diabetes, which affected her kidneys. People who are overweight are more likely to develop diabetes and I did not want that to happen to me. I’ve lost 22kg within 6 months and feel fantastic! 


  1. What’s your favourite movie and why?

I’ve got a lot of favorite movies. John Q & Pursuit of Happiness are definitely at the top of my list because it inspired me to fight for what you want in life and to never give up on your will to succeed.


  1. What advice would you give your 12-year-old self?

Equip yourself with as much knowledge as possible. (Macula and iris everyone)


  1. What’s your favourite album and why?

I’ve got too many favorites so I’ll name a few; (Why?) : Different reasons & too many to mention here lol!

  1. The Winans
  2. Fred Hammond & Commissioned
  3. Stevie Wonder
  4. Celine Dion
  5. Tina Turner
  6. PJ Morton
  7. Aretha Franklin
  8. UB 40
  9. Sting
  10. D’Angelo


  1. Why are tennis balls fuzzy?

Because they are special hahaha! (Truthfully...we also don't know)


  1. What’s your favourite book and why?

“The Big leap” by Gay Hendricks because it helped me understand the power of breaking free from comfort zones.


  1. Favorite quote/motto/mantra?

You can make excuses or make progress but you can’t do both.


You can find Neville on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Check out his website at www.nevilled.co.za .


Neville wears Kirby Dark...obviously.

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