David Mbeha living his Dream
By Adolf Kaure
WINDHOEK – FORMER winner of the TLC Next Great Presenter, David Mbeha, has urged upcoming entertainers to be persistent if they want their dreams to come to fruition.
Speaking to The Southern Times in an exclusive interview, Mbeha revealed that he was rejected on numerous occasions before landing his big break with ‘TLC Entertainment’.
“To all upcoming entertainers, it is very important that you know what contribution you want to bring into this world; what you want to be remembered for.
“Once you find that, believe in the power of achieving it. Take action to actualise your dreams because without action, your dreams are simply just dreams,” said Mbeha.
He is a television presenter and radio enthusiast. He was the first African presenter for the international channel TLC Entertainment when he won the ‘TLC Next Great Presenter’ competition a few years ago, which earned him the opportunity to host a four-part series known as ‘TLC TOP 10’.
Mbeha, who is a final-year Bachelor’s Degree in Economics student at the University of Namibia, added that television is a tough industry where you need to have a thick skin.
“The hardest part of the television industry is breaking through, as it is a very competitive industry, the challenge is to always believe in yourself after a number of NOs.
“You have to be very tenacious and believe in what you are meant to do. There are so many people who will try and put you down and criticise everything you do – from what you wear to how you speak,” he said.
TLC recently announced the Next Great Presenter for 2016, South Africa’s Carissa Cupido, who survived 1,600 auditions, three days of boot camp and over 200,000 votes before her victory. Cupido beat Zimbabwean, Karen Paida Mukwedeya, and Kenyan, Charlie Karumi, to the title.
Mbeha, who hails from Ngoma, a village in Namibia’s Zambezi Region, narrated his journey to the title two years back: “Hosting a show on one of the biggest platforms such as TLC, was beyond what I had imagined.
“I first fell in love with the channel, when Oprah started doing ‘Next Chapter’, which was broadcast every Thursday night, not knowing that three years later I would have my own show on the same channel, every Thursday night.
“Hosting the show made me believe in my abilities to achieve anything which I put my mind to and that my dreams are valid.
“The experience has not only opened so many doors for me, but it has also given me continental recognition and allowed me to meet people whom I could only dream of a few years ago. From being featured in Cosmopolitan (Magazine) South Africa, meeting the First Lady of Namibia, to being on the cover of ‘DSTV Africa Compact Magazine.”
“I also did voiceovers for DSTV sub-Saharan Africa. The opportunity has humbled me in every way possible,” Mbeha said.
The sky is the limit for this 21-year-old media mogul, who was also a notable presenter on UNAM Radio. Mbeha also won the 2015 Vigo Be You Campaign, which gave him the opportunity to feature on the campaign’s print advert.
Mbeha concluded by saying Namibians should ‘watch this space’, as he has a few ventures up his sleeve, which he will launch soon.
“I have been working on a number of projects, which I cannot mention at the moment, but super excited of what 2017 has in store,” he said. – firstname.lastname@example.org