She’s young, intelligent and beautiful. Multitalented Twala Ngambi’s ambition and belief in mapping her future goals has resulted in early recognition, Replacing well known TV and radio presenter Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp was no easy feat but Ngambi’s proved she’s got the potential to become a beloved part of SA’s media landscape. With confidence, determination and creativity, she’s creating a name for herself. In our exclusive interview with her, the presenter (who’s currently on sabbatical from her architecture studies at UCT) discusses her work, ambitions and “dream boards”.
As a young up-and-coming radio presenter, how do you bring a fresh, fun sound to Kfm whilst staying true to yourself?
I’m pretty blessed to work in an environment where creativity is nurtured and individuality is embraced. I’m young, trendy and in tune with pop culture and infuse this into my show. I rate it’s all about knowing who you are, where you’re from and what you stand for. If you have a solid foundation the rest comes easily.
Do you plan to continue your architecture studies and fashion design and how do you see yourself merging your talents in the future?
Yes definitely. I’m pretty passionate about both. As for merging to two, other than designing and building fashion dollhouses, a merging isn’t on the cards. Architecture and fashion design have a lot in common, I’m a creative soul and I’m pretty excited as I’m constantly learning new things about myself and my craft through both.
How much of your success do you think has been due to careful planning through your “dream boards” and why? Do you have any tips for readers on plotting their career success?
After making my first dream board (at around five-years-old) my father looked at it and said two things to me that really stuck:
1. “You can have anything on that board that you’re willing to work for.”
2. “Don’t let anyone ever fool you my dear. Success is never an accident. You either set yourself up for it or you don’t.”
Almost everything I have ever achieved I have not only had to place in my dream board but I’ve had to work diligently and consistently to achieve it. If you can dream it and you’re prepared to work for it then there is nothing you can’t have or achieve. As Thomas A. Edison once said “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
How would you define your personal style?
It’s young Afrocentric-street-vogue-chic.
What type of music do you enjoy most?
I’m pretty open-minded when it comes to music. I don’t necessarily listen to a “type” of music but just “good” music, music that speaks to me.
Twala Ngambi hosts 94.5 Kfm’s weekday lunchtime show between 12:00-15:00. Follow her on Facebook and twitter @iamtwala @945kfm