No longer a drama queen

TV and ra­dio per­son­al­ity Di­neo Ranaka has grown up and her spir­i­tual jour­ney con­tin­ues to deepen

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Bonolo Sekudu

DI­NEO Ranaka’s life used to be marred by baby daddy is­sues, fam­ily fights and even phys­i­cal fights with friends for years. Now, the Metro FM ra­dio host and TV pre­sen­ter is show­ing a side to her that springs only from a spir­i­tual well. Two years ago, when she an­nounced that she was quit­ting al­co­hol and ab­stain­ing from sex to fo­cus on her spir­i­tual jour­ney, it came as a sur­prise to view­ers of her re­al­ity TV show,

Di­neo’s Diary, who had got­ten used to her over-the-top and dra­matic life.


Two years on, The Front Row host has got­ten deeper with her spir­i­tual jour­ney. In a re­cent post on In­sta­gram, she wrote, “Un­der­stand that God is not a giver of things, he is a giver of char­ac­ter. Work on your char­ac­ter and things will come.”

Per­haps her re­cent ap­point­ment as the host of this year’s in­stal­la­tion of the South African Mu­sic Awards (SA­MAs) bares tes­ta­ment to what the re­formed drama queen wrote. For the first time, she had the op­por­tu­nity to host one of Mzansi’s renowned awards show. “Some­times you have to trust in the con­fi­dence oth­ers have in you,” she wrote. Di­neo went on to say that the op­por­tu­nity to host the SA­MAs was yet an­other re­birth for her. Di­neo has ticked-off a lot from her bucket list, from be­ing a re­al­ity TV star, hav­ing her own cloth­ing line, singing and mas­ter­ing her skills in the kitchen as an am­a­teur chef on In­sta­gram.


Two months ago, for­mer Real Talk with Anele show host, Anele Mdoda, had Di­neo on her stu­dio couch af­ter what she says was as a re­sult of re­quests from the show’s view­ers. From what she shared on the show, the 34-year-old mother of two was not ly­ing when she said this two years ago, dur­ing an in­ter­view with a news­pa­per. “I’m fo­cus­ing more on the pos­i­tive at­tributes of my life‚ like go­ing back to the val­ues. I’m proud of growing up‚ learn­ing and build­ing a fam­ily be­cause there is no sub­sti­tute for wis­dom‚ you need it to suc­ceed. I’m a lot more ma­ture af­ter en­ter­ing my 30s,” Di­neo said.

Ap­pear­ing to be much calmer, she shared how she has man­aged to live her life. Anele played a clip from Di­neo’s Diary when she was ar­gu­ing with her mother. Af­ter watch­ing it, all she said is, “Wow, I come from there.”

Speak­ing on her con­tin­u­ing spir­i­tual jour­ney, she says, “You are your peace. Be care­ful of what you feed your Eden.” Since start­ing her ra­dio career on 5FM at the age of 19, Di­neo has fallen in and out of the lime­light but she says, “I bounce back be­cause I nur­ture my Eden. Even when I am broke, my Eden is never bro­ken.”


Her much pub­li­cised re­la­tion­ship with rap­per Blak­lez, real name Lesego Moiloa, turned ugly dur­ing her preg­nancy with their daugh­ter Kopano (4). Af­ter all the fights and ar­gu­ments on TV, the two seem to have a healthy re­la­tion­ship now. Last month, Blak­lez, tweeted his baby mama, “Happy Moth­ers’ Day, Su­per­woman. Where would any of us be with­out you? Thank you.”


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