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Discussing the Future of Botswana’s Media Sweetheart, Khumo Kgwaadira

Discussing the Future of Botswana's Media Sweetheart, Khumo Kgwaadira
Khumo Kgwaadira aka Miss GeeKays is a phenomenal presenter in Botswana’s broadcasting scene. The bubbly socialite commands the attention of her audience with her voice on radio and keeps Instagram interesting with her style, #lifegoals and sheer influence. Keen to […]

Khumo Kgwaadira aka Miss GeeKays is a phenomenal presenter in Botswana’s broadcasting scene. The bubbly socialite commands the attention of her audience with her voice on radio and keeps Instagram interesting with her style, #lifegoals and sheer influence.

Keen to know a little more about her journey we reached out to Gape Khumo Kgwaadira for a back story on her road so far. Born in the little northern village of Sefhare, north of Botswana to a teacher and a nurse; Miss Geekays spent most her life on the go and eventually in Gabs.

Inspired by YoTV child presenters like Mandisa Nkala and Sade Gilberti at the tender age of 14; Miss GeeKays was convinced Media was where she was meant to be.

“Every time I watched them on TV, I remembered saying this is it, this is what I want to be, I wanted to be like them” she told #ENTHUSE.

As she grew up Khumo fell in love with more on-screen presenters such as Bonang Mateba. Despite having a severe speech impediment, Khumo never lost hope;

“growing up, I used to stutter but I always knew that one day when I’d grow I’d be able to speak for a living”

 

Better known as Miss GeeKays on the primetime airwaves of RB2fm, her joy comes from being heard even though radio was not always her first love. Khumo explained to us how the broadcasting-bug bit during her university studies in Malaysia.

“When I was in varsity, back in Malaysia my mind opened up… the technology there, the trends…I fell in love with Media.”

Because Khumo was studying a Business Computing qualification and not Media she had to take extra time to learn more about broadcasting in her spare time.

I used my spare time to pack knowledge, I used to attend workshops just so i could learn… I’d host events at church with over 5,000 people.”

 

Regardless of TV being Khumo’s first love, Radio soon took over.

I started with TV because I had always wanted to be on TV, radio then came on a little later when I thought to myself, “let me try radio and introduce Khumo this way”.

Back in Botswana during 2013 was when Khumo got her big break at the only national radio station. Since then, Khumo has been with the Department of Broadcasting. Fast-forward to now, with 7 years of radio and television under her belt. Talking to #ENTHUSE, Khumo highlighted she was ready for a new chapter.

“I feel like I’ve made my mark in Botswana. I have done my part in laying the platform for any inspiring, upcoming personalities. It’s time for me to finally branch out.”

In addition to hopes of owning her own clothing line and the opening of her beauty parlour. Khumo has set her sights on something even closer to her heart; career guidance and mentorship for kids. Through her NGO, Who Am I Botswana, she travels to schools and speaks to young students about their futures.

“‘Who Am I Botswana’ teaches on self, I travel to many schools talking to children about what’s next…Growing up as black people we are taught one thing finish school, intern, get a job until you’re pensionable…but, it’s okay to pursue you want to do. I want to see young people featured on the Forbes list,” She concluded.

As Miss Gee Kays hosts primetime radio such as The Take Over and the Top 40 every weekend. Khumo is also a familiar face on television shows such as Property for you, and Our Heroes, Our Pride.

Stephanie Kapfunde

Stephanie is the Founder of Zimbabwean New Media start-up Enthuse Afrika & the Editor of their biggest project so far #ENTHUSE.

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