Big Brother's star promises a night to remember at the social media awards

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Former Big Brother Mzansi contestant Thato Mokoena. Photo: Supplied
Former Big Brother Mzansi contestant Thato Mokoena. Photo: Supplied

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Former Big Brother Mzansi contestant Thato Mokoena quit her accounting job to focus on her content creation career, which seemed promising, but, unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned.

She was forced to downgrade her lifestyle and move back home, where she sold ice cream. Luckily, this year's Big Brother Mzansi came at the right time for her, and her career has been on an upward trajectory since then.

Read: Then there were five – Mphowabadimo is the last woman standing in Big Brother Mzansi

The 29-year-old is set to host the SA Social Media Awards (SASMA) on Saturday at Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, alongside Somizi Mhlongo’s estranged husband, Mohale Motaung.

The SASMAs recognise and celebrate content creators and influencers for the sterling job they do on social media.


Nominees include controversial content creator Mihlali Ndamase, Kim Jayde, Mpumi Ledwaba and Linda Mtoba, as well as TikToker Ofentse “Primo” Baloyi.

Asked how she felt about hosting the ceremony, Mokoena said: “I am so excited. I cannot wait for the 26th. Besides Homeground, (on Mzansi Magic) this is the first live show I am hosting since Big Brother Mzansi.”

The reality TV star said she had been preparing for a time such as this.

She mentioned: 

I don’t know why, but for some reason, I am not nervous at all. I have been hosting some corporate gigs for the past eight years. I have been presenting on TV for a while on small platforms, and social media is my bread and butter. I think I will be nervous on the day, but I am more excited to showcase my skills.

Mokoena said content creators put so much work into their crafts, which was why the entertainment industry was now filled with breakout stars who were discovered on the internet.

Mokoena added she would always credit Big Brother for where she was in her career now because it gave her the push she needed.

On the other hand, it seems like she and Brandon “Gashwan” Mthombeni, whom she met at Big Brother’s house, have taken another step in their relationship. She hinted: “I was a Mokoena, but that’s a story for another day,” in one of her YouTube videos.

When asked what she meant, she said: “All I can tell you is that our families have come together.”


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