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‘Nyan Nyan’ presenter Luyanda Potwana opens up about answering his ancestral calling

‘I kept this away from social media, not because I was ashamed of it – I just wanted to walk the journey quietly. However it is now time to reintroduce me’

24 February 2021 - 15:00 By Masego Seemela
Luyanda Potwana answers his ancestral calling.
Luyanda Potwana answers his ancestral calling.
Image: Gallo Images / Frennie Shivambu

Nyan Nyan presenter Luyanda Potwana has lifted the lid on why he chose to keep his decision to answer his ancestral calling away from the spotlight until now. 

In a post shared on Facebook, Luyanda revealed how he performs his ancestral rituals.

"You know me as a South African television host. However, this is a side of me that is unknown to the public. My ancestral spiritual calling. After all, I am my ancestors – and my ancestors are me.

"I kept this away from social media, not because I was ashamed of it – I just wanted to walk the journey quietly. However it is now time to reintroduce me."

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Posted by Luyanda Potwana on Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Speculation around him being a sangoma began after some viewers spotted him on several occasions on TV wearing white beads around his neck. The beads are mostly worn by Izangoma, or people born with spiritual gifts.

Luyanda is not the only celeb who has chosen to publicly embrace their ancestral calling. 

In March last year, Mzansi's faves Dineo and Solo opened up about their spiritual journey and their 'ubungoma' as a couple. 

In a candid session on their vlog, Solo and Dineo opened up about what spirituality means to them and how they've accepted their ancestral callings as sangomas, going through their individual journeys as a couple.

Solo revealed that accepting his spiritual calling was a difficult decision but from a young age he's always known he had a gift to explore.

Dineo shared that when she found out she had the calling, she had gone to consult about a totally different issue.

"For me, I had gone to check something totally separate. While that was addressed, then came this very heavy block of 'Hey, you are gifted - fanele o yo twasa.' My mind went spinning because I was like, 'What do you mean? It couldn't be. I don't know if this is a thing for me,'" she said.


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