When Duma FM – a contemporary versatile talk radio station based in Gaborone started just over 10 years ago, they explicitly showed their seriousness, mettle, and eagerness in becoming the best radio station in the country. This they did by headhunting any adaptable talent in the local media landscape – be it from other radio stations, print media including even those from the corporate world.
One such talent they acquired was Boineelo Hardy nee Mogaga who had to immediately quit her 8-5 job to join the media industry albeit without a media qualification. However, the station management seemed to have thrust their trust in her voice to become the station’s newsreader and arguably the best to ever come out of the local Frequency Modulation (FM) spectrum.
“I always had a dream of becoming a newsreader. I loved the command and being able to inform that came with the job. My biggest inspiration back then was SABC newsreader, Khanyi Dlomo. So, when Duma FM set up many moons ago, I got the opportunity and immediately quit my corporate job to become a newsreader there,” said Boi this week.
True to her talent and ability to accelerate her career, she was later headhunted again by rival radio station, Yarona FM where she was offered a position of News and Sports Editor. However, seeing that she has now made a name for herself, Boi left the country to further her studies in the media fraternity.
“I wasn’t trained as journalist when I started off, so along the way I studied a Broadcasting Diploma at London Academy of Media, Film & Television and I was back with Yarona FM like I never left. I was doing a daily current affair show but since the beginning of this month I am doing morning show with two talented radio personalities in Scar and Martin Fani. Apart from radio, Boi is the president of Botswana Basketball Association (BBA). She is this week’s celebrity crush.
What do you like doing in your spare time?
I love reading, anything. Books, magazines, google search.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Are you single?
No, I am not single
How would someone get your special attention?
From the way they talk, and the things they speak about. Very important to me.
What has been your best/worst date?
When the date was rude to the waiting staff. Ordered a matured steak and wanted to fight everyone including the manager for serving them rotten meat.
Would you date a fan?
Absolutely. Time and situation allowing.
What would you change your name to?
Neo – short and powerful.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
What’s your worst annoying habit?
Obsessive with cleanliness.
Do you ever get used to being a celebrity?
Don’t know how it feels.
Who is your inspiration?
Its three phenomenal women; Connie Ferguson. My late grandmother, Mmatsie Kebinakgabo and Ausi Beata Kasale (MHSRIP). The three individually powerful women, from whom I seek inspiration through their different attributes.
Do you speak any language?
Apart from Setswana and English, I’m learning French & can speak basic German.
Where would like to visit?
The Eastern Highlands in Zimbabwe.
If you were not famous. What would you be up to?
Who is the messiest person you know?
I’m afraid of offending them.
What’s the most interesting thing you have read or seen this week?
What captured me was the death of Zindzi Mandela. As most of us have, I followed her life from a young age. I loved her fearlessness when it came to speaking on issues that matter.
What would you like to be remembered about you?
That I lived fully. Loved wholeheartedly. And gave everything I touched, my all.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
SELF LOVE: Love yourself like you love yourself. Go above and beyond in the way you do for others, for yourself. And give love freely, the world needs more of it.