O access lacks tiptop presenter

HANNEL Oprogramme O Access is a great concept, especially if you want to feed the young African market's obsession with all things American - in this case African-American.

HANNEL Oprogramme O Access is a great concept, especially if you want to feed the young African market's obsession with all things American - in this case African-American.

The emergence of MTV Base put pressure on Channel O since they had access to African-American icons through the original MTV channel.

I have no problem with the show O Access, but I do have an issue with the presenter, Nonhle Thema. Maybe the burden of representing Africa is too great for her. Most say the girl is easy on the eye, but, hey, to each his own, right?

But I have a feeling that getting someone from the Jozi weave brigade to represent Africa is not on. Coupling that with a tinge of an American accent and African-American colloquialisms is not the ideal way I would like to be represented in the US or anywhere in the world, for that matter.

My choice of ambassador would be someone like Siyabonga Ngwekazi, whose presenting style is refreshing and edgy. He weaves through Xhosa and English effortlessly, giving him that realness garnered from a traditional and Western upbringing

Ironically, Ngwekazi presents a show with Thema on new DStv channel Vuzu. Whatever folly the pair get up to in this show can be forgiven because it is mostly aimed at South African urban youth.

For a glimpse of vintage Ngwekazi take a look at how he presented the now defunct Street Journal on SABC1.

Perhaps it is not Channel O's fault but a sign of the times. We are trying to prove to the world we are civilised and in tune while we forget our own heritage and essence.

We need someone who is not only easy on the eye but capable and has the smarts to delve into some of the issues and give real insights on these stars rather than the vague soundbites Thema extracts from them.

So, Channel O, enough of the flimsy questions to stars and fake laughs and give us a real presenter who will do the African continent justice.

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