From pretending to be a YoTV presenter to hosting her own Channel O show – Pamela Mtanga is unstoppable

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Pamela Mtanga is a radio, TV, and events host.
Pamela Mtanga is a radio, TV, and events host.

As a kid, she would stand in front of her grandfather’s mirror and pretend to be one a YoTV presenter at a time when every child wanted to be on the kids' show.

“I never dreamed of being on TV but every child my age wanted to be on YOTV," says Pamela Mtanga.

"Not because they wanted to make a career out of it but because it seemed cool to be part of the show.

"I did radio and, after a while, I was forced to be an MC at events. I was reluctant but I gave it a go. After my first break while MCing I realised I wanted to do this forever because I enjoyed it and the rest was history.”

The MCing gig opened a lot of doors for her and it was also the beginning of her TV career which started at Bay TV.

She then went on to host a wedding show on Honey TV called Will He Say Yes?  She felt she couldn’t relate to getting married, she was single, young, and not thinking about getting married. But it was her way of learning the technicalities of TV and learning what it takes to put a show together and it prepared her for the journey she is about to embark on.

“Honey TV was a blessing in disguise because it has taught me a lot about TV and finding what I want to do on TV. I was sceptical about TV because someone is talking in my ear while I am working and I wasn’t comfortable with that," she tells Drum.

"And now that I have experienced it I know how to handle it and be comfortable with working with an earpiece.”

Pamela says she is thrilled to be presenting Massive Music on Channel O. 

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Speaking to Drum, the radio, TV, and events host shares her excitement over being part of a show that contributes to growing the music industry and empowering artists who are trying to break through into the industry by giving them a platform to showcase their talents.

She says her own journey started when she wanted to discover who she was. Pamela took on new challenges in her life and, with the help of social media, hard work, dedication and consistency, she is getting closer to her dreams.

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Pamela admits that didn’t orginally see herself being part of Channel O’s music show but her goal this year was to be a TV host for a show that will speak to her and be part of the growing entertainment culture that she loves so much.

Her prayers were answered. Quickly too. She got a call and was informed that she will be the presenter of Channel O's Massive Music.

“While auditioning, the director asked me questions that made me realise that I need to find my purpose and reason why I want to be part of the show.

"It is not about being the next ‘IT’ girl, but they are looking for a person who is an all-rounder and has a purpose as to why they want to do something and needs to have a passion for it. It is not about being famous but what I am going to bring into the show.”

She says weeks after her auditions she got a call back for her earpiece audition. She also shadowed the current presenter of the show, Smash Afrika, so that she can learn about the ins and out of what is happening on the show and how it comes together.

She is ready for her new role, and her first show will be next week.

She says this will be her first time doing a live show and she is nervous but excited about the opportunity.

Watch Massive Music every Friday at 7 pm on Channel O (channel 320 on DStv).

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