Veteran TV presenter Andile Gaelesiwe is upset about never receiving an award even though her show Khumbul’ekhaya has, over many years, managed to maintain millions of viewers each week.
Khumbul’ekhaya has been uniting families by facilitating reconciliation between estranged family members and Andile has been the presenter since its debut in 2006. Twelve seasons later, the show is still a hit.
Even though the show has been nominated for awards shows such as the South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas), the presenter has never been honoured for her work by any award show.
Andile aired her frustration after learning that the show was the most watched TV show with around 3.5 million viewers. Even though Andile seems willing to let sleeping dogs lie about this matter, she’s hopeful that the day will come.
“There will come a day when these award shows and others will give me my due kodwa Ke asikho lapho Manje. Back to the modus operandi for 20/20 - make groundbreaking Television,” she posted on her Instagram.
Showing that she’s not quite surprised by the news of having this many people glued to their screens for the show, Andile says she’s always been on top of the rankings.
“I’ve beeeen No1,” she says.
Some TV personalities were quite supportive of Andile and reassured her that not having a gong doesn’t take away from the good work she’s been doing.
“My dad always says you don't need the validation of man to determine your worth. You are and always have been an INCREDIBLE presenter. You don't need an award to tell you that. Love you siswam,” Minnie Dlamini-Jones posted.
Ayanda Ncwane proved to be sceptical of the awards shows saying, “Trust me lala, they give each other awards but the people know who does the real work out there.”
While Real Goboza Samora Mangesi and Sphe Vazi of Selimathunzi agreed that she’s always been on top.