Dineo Ranaka on growth, fear of losing viewers and dropping the drama

Dineo Ranaka on growth, fear of losing viewers and dropping the drama

Mar 21, 2017, 03:02 AM

Dineo Ranaka on growth, fear of losing viewers and dropping the drama

Dineo Ranaka has become noticeably different. She has gone from being social media’s resident trouble maker (a position which has since been filled by Ntsiki Mazwai) to a more composed, self-aware fixture on local reality television.

Speaking to True Love’s Phila Tyekana as part of her cover feature for the magazine’s April issue, Dineo reveals “I’ve gotten to a place where I feel I don’t have to sell myself to people.”

Those who have followed her career from the get-go are familiar with her dramatic history.

“Before, it was all about staying relevant. So what’s the best way to be relevant? Being dramatic, I thought. It worked for a little while because that stupid media strategy made me feel important.”

Me. In all my happiness. 🌸🌺

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Speaking to True Love’s Phila Tyekana as part of her cover feature for the magazine’s April issue, Dineo reveals “I’ve gotten to a place where I feel I don’t have to sell myself to people.”

Those who have followed her career from the get-go are familiar with her dramatic history.

“Before, it was all about staying relevant. So what’s the best way to be relevant? Being dramatic, I thought. It worked for a little while because that stupid media strategy made me feel important.”

🌑🖤

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She did however clarify that it wasn’t necessarily an act, more of an exaggeration. “I wasn’t lying about who I was… but I overdid it,” explained Dineo. Adding that she had become addicted to the attention she got during her time at YFM. “I had built this wild and outspoken character, which became a trap,” she said.

Dineo revealed that her new found peace has also brought her a sense of peace about her current situation. She is no longer phased about how people view her position in life based on material wealth because as a producer, she has to ensure that everyone on her team can eat as well. Struggle is not new to Dineo, she also shared a point in time when her parents lost all their money while she was younger and things were not going well for her family.

“In your 30’s, you come to understand that you don’t owe anyone anything. I owe it to myself to be a sensible woman; to ba calm and relaxed. I’m ready to chill; to not feel like everyone can dictate the terms of who I should be. I can be whoever I want to be and not be stuck in this box that was created for me to exist in, where I made crazy headlines and got ruled out as controversial. I stopped those tendencies and became the woman God always designed and desired me to be. And there’s nothing wrong with that.”

🔛

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The article also explains her new found love for food (which we were all surprised by), the new direction her five-year-old production company will be taking, her desire to have more kids and the new man in her life. As for LuvDR, she says that is it merely on hold and she’s looking to turn it into more than a clothing brand in the next three years.

Lastly, Dineo explains what happened at the end of season 4 when she was confronted with her calling and why she chose to remain Christian which you can read all about in the April issue of True Love Magazine which is on sale now.


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