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About Kia Johnson

The unsung hero of the media and entertainment industry

The rise and rise of media mogul and mom, Kia Johnson

Quirky, ambitious, vivacious, driven and ready for any challenge that comes her way. She’s your traffic-eye in the sky on Radio 2000, Metro FM and SAfm, and has you streaming on weekdays, as she explores real-life women’s issues on the brand-new talk show All Woman TV. These are amongst the many qualities that epitomise the quintessential MC, radio and TV personality Kia Johnson.

With the year in full swing, Johnson is showcasing more of her personality on all broadcasting platforms and bringing light to the brilliance that is women embracing technology. She has partnered with a dynamic team of women to launch the new women’s YouTube talk show All Woman TV, which is currently on its second episode. Johnson is joined on the show by TV and radio personality Fiona Furey, author and writer Chwayita Ngamlana, and arts therapist Dr Makgathi Mokwena. The show aims to create a transparent space that allows the panel to engage in an open dialogue regarding women’s issues with a select guest each episode.

Viewers can catch Johnson wax lyrical on all things feminine with the All Woman TV crew on YouTube and indulge themselves in the real, sublime and often hilarious discussions the panel engages in.

After graduating from the University of Western Cape with a BCom in Human Resources Management, Johnson began her radio and broadcasting career that has gone on to span over 15 years and counting. Since her broadcasting debut, she has interviewed and met a range of local and international personalities, such as Chef Gordan Ramsay, Pastry Chef extraordinaire Eric Lanlard and English actor and comedian John Cleese, to name but a few.

“Growing up, I was your typical introverted class nerd who always read a book and was enthralled by the creative world of words.” A couple of years later though, Johnson does admit that she grew to become the extrovert that she is today, which naturally drew her into a career in media and entertainment.

A familiar face to TV, Johnson presented and produced for the Expresso Morning Show on SABC3, then went on to launch her own TV show, Life of KJ, which aired on Openview HD, Star Sat and Deen TV. The show, which was a huge success, excelled in its aim to empower viewers through the profiling of individuals in the community who have turned their unfavourable conditions into stories of hope.

In 2011, Johnson was actively involved in the campaign that lead to Table Mountain being inaugurated as one of the seven wonders of nature. Johnson utilised her TV, radio and social

networking platforms to increase the awareness of the campaign, and she single-handedly educated and showcased the campaign to schools across the country.

In addition to her broadcasting prowess, Johnson gives her time to charitable causes. She is the Goodwill Ambassador for the NGO, she also extends her time to her chosen CSI, Tygerberg Children’s Hospital (TCH), and previously, she contributed to raising funds for the Children Who Can 4 Children Who Can’t campaign. Being a mother herself, she has also focused on the Kangaroo Mother Care Unit at TCH and has raised funds for the Neo-Natal ward.

In 2017, Johnson was a key contributor and maintained second place in the world for the HeardPSA initiative, which was coordinated in partnership with CNN and the Global Sustainability Network. The prestigious judging panel included the likes of Wesley Snipes, Joseph Fiennes, Olivier Martinez and feature film director Philip Boston.  “Our focus for the initiative was on human trafficking for My Freedom Day. Since then, I have felt more drawn to a greater purpose, so I have decided that 2018 is the year for me to focus on creating awareness around this very serious issue and how we, as citizens of this world, can change it.”

Known for her healthy living, Johnson is a Muaythai ambassador for the two-time Muaythai World Champion Quentin Chong’s Dragon Power Muaythai, MMA and Fitness Centre.

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