Tenacity worked for VJ search winner
"You must not stop dreaming and working hard. If you want something and you work hard for it, you can get it," says MTV Base VJ Search winner Nomuzi Mabena.
True to her word, it seems hard work and perseverance have indeed earned 21-year-old Mabena the top spot as the winner of the MTV Base VJ Search.
She was announced as the new face of MTV Base at the grand finale hosted at Taboo in Sandton on Saturday night.
The other contenders in the top three were Nomzamo Mbatha and Naledi Radebe.
"You know how it is when you work hard and you just get people saying 'no' - but now I realise it was all worth the wait. I am so proud of myself," the overwhelmed Mabena said.
The MTV Base search was not the first talent competition the Benoni-born bald beauty has entered, having recently lost the Livepresenter title to Noluthando Shosha.
Mabena is also a former Miss Benoni and has done modelling and hustling her way into the entertainment industry.
TV personality Bonang Matheba, who judged the competition with DJ Azania Mosaka, Tim Horwood, creative director of MTV Networks Africa, and rapper HHP, said: "I first saw her at aMr and Ms Tuksevent, where she was the MC, and then at the Live show, where she was one of the finalists.
"She is one of those people who really earned it. Had she not been the winner she would have managed something bigger and even better elsewhere," Matheba said.
Mabena's younger sister, Nontuthuko, whom she lives with in Randburg, said: "I am so proud of her and also grateful that MTV Base is giving young people such a platform."
The vibrant and outspoken new TV star is a second-year communication science student at Varsity College.
She will be gracing our screens soon, together with 2005 MTV Base VJ Search winner Sizwe Dhlomo. Mabena will also feature regularly in e.tv's Club 808 music show with Dineo Ranaka and Mo Flava.
This article was first published in the printed newspaper on 22 October 2012