SPORAH: If you had to choose a music track to be the theme tune to your life right now what would it be?
AP: We will have to create a playlist there is just too much good music out there but it depends on the day...so today I think Ill choose "Million Dollar Bill" by Whitney Houston - tomorrow it might just be something completely different like "The Morning After" by Ronny Jordan (google him)
(Ok, lets put it on in the background while we do this interview. lol)
SPORAH: Who is Abby Plaatjes by day/ by night (what do you do)?
AP: Whew! What a question? Well, I work at 102.6 Choice FM where I co-host the BIG EASY with Chris Lugoe. I also run my own PR and Modelling company (BLACK ICE PR) which takes up most of my day and Im also a mom (best job in the world)
SPORAH: Give us a little piece of of your schedule... i.e. wake up in the morning... tea or coffee...
AP: Up at about 6am - prepare kids brekkie and lunches for school, masala chai is what wakes me up everyday and fresh air...so windows open, some morning music and my day takes off when the babies decide to switch on the tele for cartoons.
SPORAH: What's your favourite job, what do you enjoy doing the most out of everything in your schedule?
AP: My kids ofcourse and then 2nd would be the radio
SPORAH: With all that you do you're also a mother, tell us about that. What are the joys and the challenges of doing what you do and also being a mommy of the family?
AP: The joy of motherhood is seeing that your babies are happy...shows you that you are doing something right.
SPORAH: Would it be fair to say you work hard and play hard?... How do you find your centre? Where do you catch your moment of peace?
AP: If I told you that then it wouldnt be my peace anymore would it? We all need our time alone...
SPORAH: Free spirit of Control freak?
AP: A little bit of both..
SPORAH: For those of us who've just joined the ride, tell us a little about yourself pre Big Brother, where did you grow up?
AP: I grew up in a little city called Port Elizabeth in South Africa. I was born in Durban but my parents enjoyed travelling so we would move alot between the 2 cities. Really exciting I must say.
SPORAH: And what did you want to be when you were little, Did you have very specific dreams about who Abby would be one day?
AP: I’ve always known and wanted to work in entertainment...and I followed that dream till the end. My Public Relations diploma helped a lot with what I’m doing today which is exactly that and entertainment. Best of both worlds.
SPORAH: Who is and has been your greatest inspiration and why?
AP: My dad. He is extremely driven especially growing up in a country where you would always be put down so mad love to my pops.
SPORAH: You were part of the first Big Brother Africa. What made you apply?
AP: I knew it would be my break into the entertainment industry...and I was right!
SPORAH: You were also part of the first Big Brother Africa romance/ scandal... was that in your mind when you were in the house? How did you feel when you came out?
AP: Out of respect of everyone involved I would prefer to leave this issue in the past.
SPORAH: You seem to have grabbed every opportunity and come out on top. What advice would you have for Bhoke who just came out of the Big Brother Amplified House?
AP: Bhoke is a personal friend of mine and she did really well in the house. Her experience depends on what she makes of it. She is an intelligent woman, I’m sure she will make the right decisions.
Living in Tanzania:
SPORAH: You travelled and worked all over and then you adopted Dar as your home... what made you choose Tanzania?
AP: Tanzania is just a beautiful country on a whole. The people, the natural beauty, the coastline...everything falls into place and I would not want to raise my kids anywhere else. The quality of life here is exactly how I want my babies to grow.
SPORAH: What do you love best about living in Tanzania?
AP: I’m unable to pin point just one thing...its a culmination of things and people and experiences...i was also welcomed with open arms so it made it that much easier to decide.
AP: Hmmm...the challenges are not that many. I guess the traffic is the hardest part....LOL
Party Scene in Dar es Salaam.
SPORAH: Compare the Dar scene to other African countries... you party outside of TZ too right?
AP: Well...the Dar party scene has alot of room for improvement...People here enjoy having a good time, however, when it comes to them being entertained there is much that is left to the imagination....but fear not, i am on it!
SPORAH: It was a bold move starting a club in a new country. How did Runway come about?
AP: Runway was a dream I had for many many years...whilst pregnant with my second baby I decided that I need to implement it and also i was here for about 3 years and needed to make my mark somewhere in this town....so why not a spot that perfectly describes my taste in nightlife...clean lines, luxurious, fun and indulgent..
SPORAH: How did you overcome the obstacles to making it a firm fixture on the Dar es Salaam night scene?
AP: I had an amazing support system and family
SPORAH: On a Runway night, you mix work with pleasure? do you get behind the bar and mix drinks? Do you get on the dancefloor?
AP: Oh most definately!! My job is to have a good time and to make sure that everyone else is...how would it look if I sat in a corner while everyone around me was partying up a storm?
SPORAH: Shoes off on the dancefloor or all night in your heels?
AP: All night heels ofcourse!
SPORAH: Favorite cocktail?
Image and style
SPORAH: What 3 words would the person closest to you use to describe you?
AP: Please ask them...hahhahaha
AP: Passionate, Happy, Understanding.
SPORAH: What are the 3 words (or similar) that you've read about you that have hurt the most and why?
AP: I think anything that is untrue will hurt...especially when it comes from people you trusted.
SPORAH: You're in the public eye, how do you maintain your focus, what's your attitude towards what people say about you?/ What you hear/ How you are perceived
AP: It all depends on how much respect you have for yourself and that you love yourself...only you can allow what people have to say to affect you in a negative way.... think positively and that is exactly what you will get in return - Positivity.
SPORAH: what's your must have handbag items?
AP: Lip Gloss, BlackBerry, Perfume, Wallet, Wipes, Shades.
SPORAH: Favourite outfit in your closet for this summer? Why?
AP: I’ve always been and always will be a vest and jeans girl :)
SPORAH: Who's your style icon?
AP: Hmmm.... dont really have one there are so many to choose from.. Audrey Hepburn, Gwen Stefani, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Richie, Grace Kelly....oh the list goes on and on...
SPORAH: Coming to the end of the interview... tell us about the kind of people you love to have around you.
AP: like people that appreciate the good in others...people who choose to live and be happy and not worry about the small things that dont matter..."laugh often love much" has always been my motto.. And I cant stand people that GOSSIP!!!
SPORAH: Thinking of one of your closest friends, what character trait of theirs do you wish you had?
AP: sometimes wish I was more witty.
SPORAH: You must meet new people all the time... how do you sift the real friends from the frenemies?
AP: Don’t have many friends...most of the people that are around me are acquaintainces. I prefer it that way :)
SPORAH: What makes you a good friend?
AP: Someone who will stick around through thick and thin
SPORAH: What's your definition of success?
AP: When I am happy doing what I love with my kids by my side.
SPORAH: Where do you see Abby at 50 years old?
AP: Not really sure... I don’t think that far ahead...but I would like to be on my yacht somewhere...
Thanks Abby! Great to get to know you better.!
This Interview Brought to you by Jacqueline Kibacha (Pretty Poet)
This Interview Brought to you by Jacqueline Kibacha (Pretty Poet)