Somizi Mhlongo On Staying Relevant After Many Years
Somizi Mhlongo, a well-known media personality, has been a prominent figure in the entertainment industry for decades and shows no signs of stopping any time soon. While dealing with allegations of abuse from his “estranged” husband Mohale Motaung in August 2021, he was asked to step back from the Metro FM mic. However, he has made a strong comeback in the industry this year.
The Comeback on Metro FM
Somizi is currently hosting two shows on Metro FM, namely The Bridge on weekdays between 9 am and 12 pm, and The Weekend Breakfast Sounds Good. Additionally, he has been announced as the host of the Black Curtain at the annual Metro FM Music Awards, alongside Mpumi Mlambo. The show captures all that happens behind the scenes with the stars of the night. Somizi spoke to TshisaLIVE about his return to the national station, stating that “Metro FM does not go with the wind. I am not a radio DJ but a personality who is on radio. It’s a mutual respect kind of relationship.”
More Upcoming Projects
Somizi is set to return as a judge on the final season of Idols SA and was recently revealed as a cast member on The Masked Singer South Africa. He also plans to do more in the culinary space, with the opening of a mini restaurant business at Prison Break Market in Sunninghill, Johannesburg. The media personality has been working on his kids’ clothing line, Sompire Kids, for the past three years and has set August as the launch date.
The Key to Longevity
According to Somizi, the key to his longevity in the industry is passion and having a thick skin. He believes that “If anyone had to take a leaf out of my life, they’d understand it never ends. I am 50 and I’m at the peak of my career. I’m like the ‘it girl’ who just arrived. For me, that is what makes my career exciting and interesting. If anyone has lost hope, look at my career. I have had ups and downs but more than anything there is longevity to this thing. It’s up to you to make it not end.”
Despite the temporary setback, Somizi has come back stronger than ever, proving that passion and resilience are the keys to success in the entertainment industry.