Q&A: Kgomotso Matsunyane, television presenter

Kgomotso-Matsunyane--750x280Kgomotso Matsunyane is a South African dynamic broadcaster, writer, filmmaker, television presenter and producer.

Tell us a little about yourself and your journey in the media industry?
I used to be a child actor and started in commercials when I was 6.  In college I studied International Relations but decided to work in media because I saw how powerful it was socially and politically.

What projects are you currently working on?
I’m in between seasons for the new talk show “Rise” (currently showing on SABC 1 Tue 18:00), and am a consultant to oversee the launch of Black Entertainment Television (BET) in Africa.

Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Without a doubt, bell hooks.  Her staunch feminism, academic prowess and her ability to break patriarchy apart with words is inspirational.  She taught me to be unapologetic about my strong views, particularly as a woman.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
It was less about having a specific profession but more that I wanted to be successful and respected.  I knew that I needed an education first, and that everything else would follow.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Thuli Madonsela, Nokutela Ndima Dube (John Dube’s first wife), Barbara Masekela, Sojourner Truth, Mantatisi, Queen Nzinga of Angola, Asantewa and Brenda Fassie to lighten the mood.  I love women who are fighters and who defy societal expectations.

If you were not a TV Presenter, what profession would you choose to occupy?
I’m so much more than a presenter on TV!  I am also a TV producer with my own company (One Man & His Dog Films, amongst other things.  But the one profession I would choose above all else would be to be a full time writer.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

“Aowa”, “Seriously?”  And “What the f*&%!”

What are your plans for the future? Where do you see yourself taking your tv personality career?
My future is so bright I gotta wear shades 🙂  TV is all about opportunities.  I’m grateful to have had the longevity that I have and looking forward to creating and presenting compelling content that will not only entertain, but also to transform and educate.

Advice for the up-and-coming tv presenters up there?
This career is a marathon, not a 100 meter dash.  Pace yourself and develop your skills behind the camera.  And be really, really nice to people on your way up, because sooner or later, that presenting gig is guaranteed to end, and the person who used to be the production assistant might just end up as a commissioning editor.

What are 3 key words to describe yourself?
Ambitious.  Generous.  Curious.

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