Nomalanga Shozi is new face of BET Africa

TV Personality, actress and radio host Nomalanga Shozi has joined BET Africa as the new face of the channel, where she will feature in content both on air and on the ground, locally and internationally.

The 23-year-old, who is no stranger to TV screens, said that although she has known for months, the news is only now just settling in after having a crazy few weeks leading up to the announcement.

“A few months ago Monde Twala (vice-president of Youth, Music and BET at Viacom International Media Networks Africa) met me and told me that he wanted me to be the face of BET Africa.

“Monde told me that he had a bigger vision for me and my career and I did not even know that he had these plans for me,” she said.

Although Shozi liked what she heard, she did not immediately jump for joy. “I am a ‘believe it when I see it person’ so it was only when my manager was contacted that I took what Monde had said to me seriously,” Shozi added.

The young star said she called her mother, who she considered her biggest fan, first to share the good news. “She (mother) has allowed me to go after my dreams and she has trusted me so much and I really appreciate her.”

Speaking on her new adventure, Shozi said that it signified growth in her career which started when joined Ugu Youth Radio and then Gagasi FM in 2015.

“I started out in radio before getting into TV and to now be the face of such a huge international is an honour. I don’t know how this happened but I am thankful,” she said.

With Shozi becoming the new BET Africa face, the channel also plans on shaking things up a little.

“BET is a huge American brand but we understand that American viewers and African viewers want different things so BET Africa will be a lot more localised when it comes to its offerings. One the new things will be BET Breaks, which I will be presenting. We are going to put a local twist on it.”

She also recently jetted off to Las Vegas to cover the Soul Train Awards where she interviewed Faith Evans and mingled with big stars.

“That experience was amazing and interviewing Faith Evans was a dream come true.

“I am young in age but when it comes to my music I am an old soul so I enjoyed every minute of the awards and I am looking forward to covering even more.”

Shozi, who also stars in e.tv’s "Rhythm City" said that although her new job will take most of her time, she still plans to continue acting and hopes to get more roles in the future.

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