By Johannes Hangula
CONFIDENTE caught up with TLC’s first African presenter,David Mbeha to find out what he has been up to after the crowning.
What are you up to now?
I have been doing some few emceeing gigs, and my last one was with the Namibian Nationals Skills Competition last week and the first episode ended last week Saturday. I did the emceeing for sponsors and media events of Miss Namibia and I also hosted the Zambezi Educational Foundation.
My main focus has been mostly school, as I am currently doing my third year for a degree in economics at the University of Namibia.
How have you been handling the sudden fame?
I think for me the main reason I decided to go into television was the passion, so I really don’t put much emphasis on fame, because what fame does is to deviate one away from the main reason and one’s passion.
Fame comes and goes, but your passion, the reason why you decided to do what you do, is what will ensure your longevity. I would also say that; I don’t think I have ever think about fame, that is why I haven’t drifted much from my path.
Which popular celebs did you rub shoulders with?
I have met Whitney Thore, a host of the TLC show titled ‘My Big Fat Fabulous Life’. Another one was Troy Von Scheibner, the British magician presenter from Troy series, as he was one of the invitees for the crown day.
I met up with Themba Mbongeni Nkosi (DJ Euphonik), a South African music producer, and radio presenter who was also present at the crown day.
Apart from that I was also granted an opportunity to meet and mingle with our own Namibian celebrities, one of them is Tjuna Kauapirura who is an amazing host to work with.
What are some of your memorable moments?
Definitely the whole journey has been the crowning that signified the validity of my dreams as a television presenter and it has given me the platform to grow.
Meeting fans at the airport and as well as meeting the First Lady, who in my opinion is an amazing and inspiring person, and hearing the story of how people voted for me … that love still remains in my heart. The highlight was my trip to Bali in Indonesia and being featured in People and Cosmopolitan magazines, and reading my name on news websites such News24 and in True love magazine.
Brief us on your experience?
First of all, this whole experience has made me very humble. It has taught me a lot about the world of television and it has awoken a certain hunger for success in me.
Advice to upcoming television presenters?
The first thing is to believe in yourself, up to the extent that even if somebody says no to you, you see it as a chance to grow and become better. I believe that if something is truly meant for you it will locate you, wherever you are.
What does it take for one to be a great presenter?
It takes a lot of confidence, and a thick skin, because you face a lot of criticism. Every part of you is criticised and it becomes very much easy for one to lose focus.
So you have to keep a very strong contact that reminds you of who you truly are and that keeps you on track.
What do you do in your leisure time?
I am a blogger, because of how I love trying out new restaurants in Windhoek. I have got couples of friends, and together we are determined to eat at different spots every time; our last one was Hotel Thule.
In my spare time I do very simple things like going to the movies, going to church on Saturday for choir practice and on Sunday for church session.
What is it that we don’t know about David Mbeha?
I am perfectionist; I like things done in a certain way that suits me. I am the first grandchild in the family, and also being the first born I am very protective of my family and those one around me.
I like to hang out with people that I am comfortable with. Family is everything to me.
What would you like to tell you fans?
Thank you for making me an African television presenter, and for sharing in my journey as I continue to grow. Your love is what keeps me going.
I would say follow and interact with me via social media: Instagram: David-Mbeha, Facebook: David Mbeha, Twitter: Twitter@Dmbeha.
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