Felicia Mabuza-Suttle (born in Sophiatown) is a South African talk show hostess and entrepreneur. She was voted as the 70th greatest South African of all time in an informal public poll, Great South Africans.
Her place of birth is in Sophiatown, a black neighborhood in Johannesburg during the apartheid era. Ben Mabuza, Her granddad, raised her and was her main source of inspiration.
Her father owned a driving school in the nation, which was one of the first schools. He was responsible for the family income.
As a child, her interest grew in dance and it turned her lifelong pursuit.
In the 60s and 70s, many black South Africans left the country to study overseas to evade the apartheid regime.
She also left the country to Marquette University in the United States. Felicia became the first member of her family to earn a college degree.
She holds a BA in Journalism, followed by an MA in Mass Communication.
Felicia also wrote for the World Newspaper, there she met prominent anti-apartheid activists.
Felicia Mabuza is married to Earl Suttle in 1976. She is based in Johannesburg, while her husband, Earl Suttle, lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
The couple has two (2) two (2) children, Lindiwe and Zanele.
She returned to South Africa to work for Radio Bophutatswana in 1982. There Felicia was criticized for being politically incorrect. Later in 1990, she returned permanently and got a job at the South African Airways.
Felicia started her TV career in 1992 when she was offered a talk show job at the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
In 1995, the show, Top Level, had its name changed to The Felicia Show and was renamed once more to Felicia in 2000. The show had its focus on social topics and entertainment.
Amid criticisms, that her show was too similar to The Oprah Winfrey Show, Felicia closed down in 2004.
She moved her show to the U.S. and broadcast it as Conversations with Felicia on The African Channel. The show still had its focus on South African personalities.
- “Felicia Mabuza“. Wikipedia retrieved 2020-14-01
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