Ursula Chikane on life beyond Top Billing glitz and glam and her Catholic faith

“Seeing the state of some of the people in our country and what the Top Billing lifestyle means to them — the inauthenticity of it — and I did play a huge role in it. And I feel badly. I know a lot of people will go, ‘Oh please, it’s not that deep.’ But, they haven’t walked my shoes and seen the results of it.”

Ursula Chikane is a celebrated South African broadcaster and a former enchanting presenter of Top Billing and MTN Gladiators.

Ricardo da Silva SJ talks to Ursula about life beyond Top Billing glitz and glam, the lessons of her globetrotting adventures and her faith as a committed Catholic.

Rev. Ricardo da Silva SJ

Rev. Ricardo da Silva SJ (born in Coimbra, Portugal 1983; entered the Jesuits 2007; ordained deacon 2019) immigrated to Johannesburg, South Africa with his mother at the age of six. He had a career in marketing, communications and brand management before joining the Jesuits in 2007 and has studied communications (SA), philosophy (UK), theology (Brazil) and journalism (USA). He is passionate about liturgical music, communications, and ethics and takes delight in good company and food. He has ministered to a wide range of people in many different contexts, from the elderly to high school and university students, refugees, migrants and the homeless. He has just completed the foundational Master of Science degree at the prestigious Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

r.dasilva@jesuitinstitute.org.za @ricdssj
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