Lockdown sensation Tyson Ngubeni bags a new TV gig

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Tyson Ngubeni is reaping the rewards of keeping us entertained during lockdown as host of a new TV game show.
Tyson Ngubeni is reaping the rewards of keeping us entertained during lockdown as host of a new TV game show.

He’s kept us laughing through the most trying moments of the Covid-19 pandemic, and now he’s starting to make real inroads into the tricky entertainment industry.

His always trending alter ego, Bob O’Connor became a household name following his hilarious series of comedic skits.

From discussing South African culinary classic Amagwinya on his social media platform to being on an ad for one of South Africa’s biggest franchise, Chicken Licken, Tyson's journey has been nothing short of remarkable.

Now, almost a year since his new-found fame, Tyson Ngubeni (33) is set to present South Africa’s new financial TV Show, the Sanlam Moola-Money Family Game Show.

And he couldn’t be more delighted.

“It's been a whirlwind year and a beautiful journey! I'm enjoying and soaking up every step of it and am super stoked for the magic we'll create on the Sanlam Moola-Money Family Game Show,” he tells Drum.

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The show may be his debut as a TV host but he’s no stranger to performing in front of an audience.

“It's my first role as a TV show host, though coming from a decade worth of theatre shows and corporates. From here on out, it's about growing from strength to strength and showing the many strings to my bow as a performer and creative,” he says.

He’s already making waves beyond our shores. He recently represented the country on Showmax’s Funny People Africa, a show curating some of the continent’s finest comedy talent. And in January, he also landed a sports gig with ESPN Africa as a very special correspondent.

Tyson, a holder of two degrees from Rhodes University in arts and journalism, says being a multidimensional artist has been the key to his success during these unprecedented times.

“Our line of work as entertainers came to a complete stop during the hard lockdown. I had anxiety, I still do, but the pandemic has changed our line of work and we are not out of the woods yet.

“But for me, I understand that for my career there’s no safety net. I have theatre training but I have tried to be competent in more than one thing.”

Even before the pandemic he was experimenting with new things, he adds, like content creation and being a voiceover artist.

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Tyson’s new show is designed to make a big impact on the pockets of South Africans, many of whom have taken a financial knock during the last year.

Running for 13 episodes, it will see contestants testing their skills for an ultimate prize of R500 000.

He’ll be co-hosting with financial guru, author and TV host, Nicolette Mashile, who has long been on a mission to upskill South Africans’ financial literacy and confidence. 

Tyson says his one money lesson is similar to the chats he has about his line of work.

“Whatever your goals may be and however small a step it may seem, start now! Every little step you take means something in the grand scheme of things, if you stay consistent and committed.”   

The Sanlam Moola-Money Family Game Show launches on e.tv on 3 April at 6pm.

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