Felicia Mabuza-Suttle was born in Sophiatown, a black neighbourhood in Johannesburg, South Africa, during the apartheid era. Her grandfather, Ben Mabuza, raised her and was a major inspiration for her later success. Meanwhile, her father, who owned one of the first driving schools in the nation, provided a steady income for the family. During her childhood she became interested in dance, which became a lifelong pursuit.
n the 1960s and 70s, a large number of black South Africans went overseas to study to evade the apartheid regime. Mabuza-Suttle was amongst them, studying in the United States. 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. This would lead to her becoming politically involved when she returned to South Africa.
In 1990, Mabuza-Suttle returned permanently to South Africa, accepting a position at the SAA. In 1992, she began her television career after being offered a job as a talk show host at the SABC. Talk shows were a fairly new concept in South Africa at the time, and her show rapidly became successful. Originally known as Top Level, 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.
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
She is now an international award-winning entrepreneur, an inspirational speaker, an author, and a philanthropist.
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