Felicia Mabuza-Suttle is a South African talk show hostess and entrepreneur. She was born on June 3, 1950 in Sophiatown, a black neighbourhood in Johannesburg, South Africa, during the apartheid era. Mabuza-Suttle was raised by her grandfather Ben Mabuza,who was a major inspiration for her later success.
Her father owned one of the first driving schools in the nation and this provided a steady income for the family. Felicia showed a great interest from her childhood which later became a lifelong pursuit. She studied at Marquette University in the United States and in the 80s, she became the first member of her family to achieve a college degree when she earned a BA in Journalism, followed by an MA in Mass Communication.
As well as studying, Mabuza-Suttle also wrote for the World Newspaper, where she met prominent anti-apartheid activists, including Steve Biko, the leader of the Black Consciousness Movement.
She returned for a short time to South Africa in 1982 to work for Radio Bophutatswana, where she was criticised for being politically incorrect.
In 1990, she returned permanently to South Africa, accepting a position at the South African Airways. In 1992, she began her television career after being offered a job as a talk show host at the South African Broadcasting Corporation. The show was originally known as Top Level, but its name was changed to The Felicia Show in 1995, and was again renamed simply Felicia in 2000. The show focused mainly on social topics, but also ventured into entertainment
However, amidst criticisms that her show was too similar to The Oprah Winfrey Show, Felicia closed down in 2004. Mabuza-Suttle moved her show to the United States, where it was broadcast as Conversations with Felicia on The Africa Channel. It still focused mainly on South African personalities
In the TV show Great South Africans, she was voted as the 70th greatest South African of all time in an informal public poll.
She also founded several business ventures, including the Felicia brand of clothing and accessories, Pamodzi Investments, FMS Productions, and Back of the Moon, a restaurant. She has been involved in philanthropic activities, including donating a portion of her eyewear profits to an anti-drug and anti-crime campaign.
However, in 2012, she liquidated Back of the Moon for various reasons, including economic and legal difficulties, and disagreements with her business partner and landlord.
Mabuza-Suttle got married to Earl Suttle in 1976. She lives in Johannesburg, while Earl Suttle lives in Atlanta, Georgia. They have two children, Lindiwe and Zanele.
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