ProVerb talks fatherhood, motorbikes and a new album

By admin
08 May 2014

We talk to YOU Spectacular nominee ProVerb about his love for motorbikes and about being a family man.

He's been on our TV screens for years, and now rapper and presenter ProVerb is up for the coveted Favourite TV Presenter Award at this year's YOU Spectacular!

YOU caught up with the 33-year-old father of two to find out about the man who's become a regular on our TV screens.

How did you get into presenting?

The first TV job I got was back in 2003 when I auditioned for a presenting job on Channel O. I heard about the auditions and went and tried my luck, and the rest as they say, is history. I hosted a slot called Nasty which later became a standalone show called HeadRush.

What goes into prepping for a show (All Access and Idols)?

Prepping for All Access and SA Idols in my presenter capacity, entails getting and understanding the brief, doing any additional research if necessary and rehearsing and personalizing my script. My job is to convey a particular message and to bridge the gap between the content and the viewer so it's key that I understand it first. Mine is also to express it candidly and naturally and not to read it to the viewer or to speak at the viewers.

ProVerb on the Idols SA stage with John Legend in 2012. PHOTO: Instagram ProVerb on the Idols SA stage with John Legend in 2012. PHOTO: Instagram

Which do you love the most between music and presenting?

Entertainment is my passion and I love any and all platforms that speak to entertainment: TV, Music, Radio, Live, you name it. So to pick one I love more than the other is impossible as I see it all as entertainment, which I believe is my calling.

How often are you away from home?

I travel relatively frequently but I try to moderate my travels vs the period I'm away. I'm not particularly fond of being away from my family for long periods of time. I try a limit myself to a weekend at a time and a week at most, my most ideal being to come in to the gig and fly back. Where possible I travel with my family especially for periods that require extended travel.

What do you miss the most about home when you are out of town?

I love my home but home for me is my family. I don't enjoy being away from my wife and kids for too long and since I participated in Survivor 2009/20010 where I was away from home for a month and I missed my son crawling, I swore to never miss anything again. I put my family first at all times.

ProVerb is one lucky man, getting a foot massage from his wife Onalerona Thekisho. PHOTO: Instagram ProVerb is one lucky man, getting a foot massage from his wife Onalerona Thekisho. PHOTO: Instagram

Have you ever tried your hand at singing?

Yes, in high school I was convinced I could sing and I entered talent night singing Blackstreet and the like. Needless to say I didn't win. I still reckon I could hold a note.

What sparked your interest in motorbikes?

I had no real hobbies and I've always been curious about motorbikes. In my quest to find something that'll allow me to blow off steam and relax I went and got myself a Harley Davidson 1200 Sportster CB. I enjoy riding alone but also thoroughly enjoy the breakfast runs with the Harley Owners Group and with the fellas at some Day Jols. It's a different culture and lifestyle altogether and allows me to unplug from the Matrix.

ProVerb's 33rd birthday cake was inspired by his love for motorbikes. PHOTO: Instagram ProVerb's 33rd birthday cake was inspired by his love for motorbikes. PHOTO: Instagram

Have you been recording songs lately?

I record every chance I get and in fact I am just past halfway done with my 5th studio album. I also get the odd feature request which once agreed to I honor. So I'm very often in studio doing what love.

You post photos of your family and family moments on Instagram quite often. In the past you didn’t post images of your wife or children, is there a reason why you’ve become more open?

This is more indicative of where I am as a person. I'm a loving husband and a proud dad and this will surface in everything I do. You'll notice though that I never show my kids faces as I still wish to keep them away from too much exposure and my wife and try and keep their lives happy and to our understanding of "normal".

Proverb has been married to Onalerona for about 8 years. PHOTO: Instagram Proverb has been married to Onalerona for about 8 years. PHOTO: Instagram

You have recently adopted the Happiness Decision. What five things will you be doing to make you happy?

1-Take more time for myself.

2-Learn to say no occasionally to things that I'm uncomfortable with.

3-Discover more personal interests and explore them.

4-Take more holidays

5- Spend on myself occasionally

  [caption id="attachment_73248" align="alignnone" width="600"]Some family time. Proverb helping his daughter with a school project. PHOTO: Instagram Some family time. Proverb helping his daughter with a school project. PHOTO: Instagram

ProVerb in his teen years. PHOTO: Instagram
ProVerb in his teen years. PHOTO: Instagram[/caption]

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