Poppy Ntshongwana

Often times, interviewing people who interview other people for a living is a challenging task, they’re not as easily swayed or cornered by strategic questions, perhaps because they know all the tricks in the book. Poppy Ntshongwana is one such Millennial, she joins Arye Kellman for a raw, honest and paradigm-shifting discussion about her life, career, hopes and dreams, but mainly about what it means to be alive during one of the greatest times in our history. From her early years of wanting to become a politician, to getting bitten by the “radio bug”, Poppy certainly has a story to tell.



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Never one to be shy or speechless, radio personality and socialite Poppy Ntshongwana has cemented her space in the South African radio landscape. Growing up in the heart of Grahamstown, Poppy always saw her strong opinions, hunger for knowledge and love for people as just a few of the reasons to go into politics, but when she discovered radio, she never looked back. She found it to be an outlet to express her thoughts, feelings and convictions that refused to remain hidden, but more than this, she found it to be the best way for her to connect with people from all walks of life and to make a real and sustainable difference within society.

Never one to shy away from controversy, Poppy has remained true to herself, never apologising for who she is or what she believes to be true.

Written by Jonathan Sinclair


Q: Who is your biggest role model?

A: Other than my parents, it has to be Oprah. I think she’s had such a tough life but also such an amazing life. Oprah and Dr Precious Moloi basically inspired my change, just her story and the way that she looks at life.

Q: How do you stay physically fit?

A: I’ve just resorted now to exercising all the damn time. I love to run.