Good Radio Awards inspires former radio personality ponder return

Former Duma FM morning show host, Goaba Mojakgomo has hinted that there is a possibility of him returning to the airwaves come January 2018 after the public’s unwavering trust in his abilities behind the microphone this past weekend.

Popularly known as Daddy Jakes, an excited and smitten Mojakgomo of ‘The Emergency Room’ fame hinted his return to radio at the inaugural Good Radio Awards held on Saturday at Masa Square Hotel after becoming the biggest winner of the night after the voting public voted him ‘Best Presenter’ and ‘Best Radio show’ despite him having left radio a few months ago to pursue a career as a civil servant.

At the time of the inaugural radio awards nominations, Mojakgomo was still the host of the Duma FM morning show dubbed ‘The Emergency Room’ and despite his departure from radio, the organizers saw no reason to pull his nomination out. The 27-year-old Serowe native was voted as the best presenter of the year, his former show winning the best weekday radio show with the latter contributing to the station winning the best radio station at the same awards.

The Good Radio Awards – the brain child of former radio personality, Oratile Jazzelle Kebakile were hosted this past Saturday to reward and honour good talent in the local airwaves. When receiving his two awards, an emotional Mojakgomo circuitously blamed poor media salaries for the departure of some of the country’s crème de la crème personalities in the industry.

Among those who have been lost to radio include the controversial, Losika ‘Luzboy’ Seboni who has since admitted that he would never return to radio if the packages are not improved. Others include Treasure Mothobi, Thobo Thasana, and Kealeboga Botshabelo who have since joined the public service.

In-country representative- Space for Giants and Operations coordinator- TlhokomelaTrust, and good radio awards founder Oratile Kebakile

“Obviously leaving radio to pursue other things in life is about personal growth to my career. Secondly is about balancing passion and remuneration. If it wasn’t by these measures I could still be on radio. I want to be back on radio. I belong to radio and I realized this at 19 years. I was taken by the inspiration these awards has unearthed talents of pupils from different schools on their grassroots development of fully fledged radio personalities. This is where I want to be but circumstances will force us to leave.”

“For tonight’s glory I would like to thank Robin Chivazve for giving me the opportunity. I used to be his producer when he was still with Duma FM. With the support and confidence the people have on me, I need to be back. I guess these awards will convince radio stations to bring me back,” said Mojakgomo.

Mojakgomo who was accompanied by his long-time sweetheart, Thato Bawe, a fellow radio personality at the government commercial radio station, RB2 further thanked his former morning show team; Thabo Osekeng (sports), Thapelo Mhlauli (news) for their daily courage and team work which they carried during his tenure. Mojakgomo left the airwaves to join Department of Public Service Management (DPSM).

Meanwhile the international radio awards expert, Tim Zunckel said he was happy with the progress of the awards thus far, despite them being new and fresh. He encouraged organizers to further benchmark and to encourage other corporates to join hands to make radio the best medium in Botswana.

Other winners:

Best PRESENTER – Goaba Mojakgomo ( Duma FM)
Best WEEKDAY SHOW – Emergency Room( Duma FM)
Best SPORTS PRESENTER – Martin Fanie( Yarona FM)
Best NEWS READER – Boemo Dibeela-Nyaza( RB 1)
Best WEEKEND SHOW – Sunday Ballads( RB 2)
Best WEEKEND PRESENTER – Gaone Kgaswanyane( Gabz FM)
LIFETIME AWARDS – Justice Gaolekwe( RB 1)

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