Angie Diale was a renowned HIV activist, life coach, and trained nurse. South Africa received sad news about her sudden demise on 23rd December 2021. Mam Angie offered health and relationship counselling on and off the screen. She hosted seven seasons of the Please Step In documentary series on Mzansi Magic from 2015 to 2020.
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Mzansi considers counsellor and activist Diale a legend. She strengthened inter and intra-community bonds by helping people mend their broken families. This article looks at Mam Angie Diale’s life and the societal contributions that make her a hero beyond the grave.
|Angie Allen Diale
|Mam Angie, Mam Angie Diale
|Hosting Mzansi Magic’s Please Step In show
|Year of birth
|Date of death
|23rd December 2021
|55 years (at time of death)
|Cause of death
|Place of birth
|Meadowlands, Soweto, South Africa
|Meadowlands, Soweto, South Africa
|Place of burial
|Meadowlands, Soweto, South Africa
|TV presenter, nurse, life coach, HIV activist
|Grace Bible Church
|Miriam Mosala Kenosi
|Married (at time of death)
|Billy Kgomotso Diale
|3 (one passed away)
|1 (at time of death)
|Angie Diale’s Instagram page
|No official account
Angie Diale’s biography
Angie Diale’s date of birth is unknown. The South African television personality left behind a husband, children, her mother, and a brother.
How old is Angie Diale?
Angie Diale’s age was 55 years (at the time of death), for she was born in 1966.
Where is Angie Diale from?
Angie was born in Meadowlands, Soweto, South Africa. She spent her childhood and youth in Meadowlands and became an instrument of political change in her community.
Angie Diale’s family
Her mother's name is Miriam Mosala Kenosi, while her younger brother is Solo Tau. Angie Diale's dad's name is not known to the public.
Who is Angie Diale married to?
Angie Diale’s husband's name is Billy Kgomotso Diale.
How many children does Mam Angie have?
Angie and Billy had three children, but the second child passed away. Their surviving children are, Tshepa and Olerato. The two also had one grandchild, Oitumetse (male), by the time Angie passed.
Angie Diale’s education
The television personality is a trained nurse. She was a student nurse at Sandringham Gardens before becoming a medical staff at the Johannesburg Hospital. Details about the nursing school she attended are not available to the public.
Angie Diale’s profession
The South African life coach hosted Please Step In on Mzansi Magic for seven seasons from 2015 to 2020. She also hosted an SABC1 reality series, Relate, and worked as a content advisor/resident counsellor on the SABC1 youth series, Choice.
In addition, Angie promoted HIV demystification while serving as a Managing Director at the Peo Entle HIV Wellness and Youth Skills Development Centre. Her journey toward becoming a vocal HIV activist started when she was diagnosed with the virus.
What happened to Angie Diale?
According to Sowetan Live, she contracted HIV shortly after having her son. Diale was a qualified nurse at that time. She experienced a lot of stigma and discrimination, which prompted her to make her HIV status public.
Angie Diale educated people about the disease. She worked with the government, NGOs and companies. Her friend, Criselda Kananda (media personality/HIV activist), said Diale publicly shared her story to encourage HIV-positive patients who feared stigmatization.
How did Angie Diale contract HIV?
Angie did not want to marry or have children because of what she had witnessed in her family. She, however, changed her mind when she met Billy and got married by age 19.
According to her testimony during an interview with SABC1, Angie grew up with an abusive and alcoholic father. Her mother has many scars from her dad's beatings.
Miriam married young, divorced at 32, and never remarried. Instead, Angie Diale's mum devoted her life to Christianity and raising her children.
She described Billy as a caring man during courtship, but he became violent in marriage like her father. The birth of their second child made Angie realize her spouse did things behind her back and never told her that he was HIV positive.
Angie took their sickly baby to the hospital. The doctor recommended she takes an HIV test after diagnosing her son with the virus. She received HIV-positive results after seven days and shared the information with her brother.
Angie was scared because the doctor said she would die in less than two years. Some of her colleagues even mocked and accused her of being a promiscuous married woman.
In those years, society believed people only got HIV from s*ex then and assumed Angie had been unfaithful to her spouse. She took around four years to tell her mother.
What happened to Mama Angie's son?
Angie's son committed suicide in 2005 due to society's stigmatization. The family lived in fear because they believed the mother and son would die anytime.
As a result, Diale's son hanged himself and left an emotional note saying he would have loved to see his elder sister and younger brother become adults. Angie wished her son could have talked to her because she could have helped him feel better.
What killed Angie Diale?
Angie Diale's cause of death was not HIV/AIDS. Instead, she succumbed to pneumonia on 23rd December 2021 at age 55. Angie Diale’s family statement said she was admitted to Tshepo Temba medical facility after complaining of shortness of breath.
She was transferred to Leratong Hospital, where she passed away. News about her death shocked many. Mzansi Magic and SA celebrities shared their tributes. Most of their condolence messages mentioned the TV personality's incredible love for community service.
Angie Diale's funeral
Laatie, when you were going, I did not realize you were going. I only realize now that you were going when I'm looking at the puzzles for the past two months.
You were behaving really strange that I could not even figure out that you were preparing me until when on Monday you called us; myself, the children and your mother, and you started to say to us, "the 15 years you have asked before God have come to an end. In other words, that 15 years have expired ..." still, I did not hear what you were saying, I could hear, but I was not understanding.
Billy also said that his wife took the Bible and prayed for about an hour or two before agreeing to see the doctor on Wednesday to check her shortness of breath complication. She sent her children and spouse out of her hospital room before taking her last breath.
Fun facts about Mam Angie Diale
- Angie believed in God and the Bible.
- She boldly faced HIV stigmatization from society.
- Angie was courageous even at the time of her death.
Angie Diale dedicated her life to spreading awareness about HIV/AIDS and fighting stigmatization for people affected and infected by the disease. South Africa will forever remember the good work, and her legacy will live through the generations. May her soul rest in eternal peace!
The actress married DeVon Franklin (filmmaker and preacher) in 2012. Franklin separated from Megan in August 2021 and filed for divorce in December 2021.
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