Seipati “Twasa” Seoke is enjoying both worlds, despite doing so well in television, her first love is in radio.
Taking aside her recent contract renewal by Lesedi FM, she has also became such a hit on the airwaves and was crowned queen of breakfast radio at the recent Liberty Radio Awards.
Twasa is an early worm, so that listeners can tune into her Monate B
reakfast Show from 6am-9am.
“Radio is home for me, I don’t feel like I’m tired or I’m at a job.
“I can count the days I’ve been off-air or off sick. My listeners go crazy when they don’t hear me, they ask where I am,” she recently told DRUM magazine.
Twasa began her radio career 20 years ago, but she only gained true fame when she replaced Vinolia “V-Mash” Mashego on SABC1’s hit music show Jam Alley back in 2002. Although she also got traction on TV, but radio has always been her first love. “I’ve built credibility with the listeners. They trust me and come to me for advice,” she said.
She loves being fit all the time, and here is her trick to remaining ageless; “I haven’t aged because fitness is my life. I go to gym every day, not to lose or gain weight. I go because that’s what I do every day without fail. It’s a lifestyle,” she added.
Twasa will be turning 40 this year, and her radio career spanning two decades has not worn her out, she doesn’t look a day over 30, credit to her healthy lifestyle. It was all triggered on during her childhood after she and her brother went through old pictures of their parents.
“We saw how they gained weight through the years, and decided how we wanted to look at 40. We started going to gym and eating well,” she said.
Sexy, successful, and single for two decades. Twasa has had only one relationship in the past 20 years, which didn’t work out. And aged 40, she rules out having a child:
“I’m not going to have a child because my biological clock is ticking. A child deserves both parents and I will wait for as long as I can.
“I get asked a lot when I am getting married. I don’t know, but I can’t wait,” she said. She’s been single for half her life “but just because I’m single doesn’t mean I’m a virgin.
“Because I’m a born-again Christian I’m only allowed to have sex after marriage, but I do have a crush.
“Eish this guy doesn’t see he’s my crush, though. I’ll wait, maybe he’ll get it one day because I’m too old-school to ask a guy out,” she added.
Though she has been dating, Twasa is yet to find Mr Right, and would love to find someone who loves and respects her.
“I’m looking for someone who sees me as an equal. A person who wants to see me succeed and doesn’t just see a successful person, someone who wants to build with me and grow old with me,” she went on.
She is keen to abstain from sexual relations until she meets her dream guy.
“Sexual purity is important. I’ve kept my church leaders close to me and they’ve helped to keep me accountable,” she said.
In 2001, Twasa opened up about being raped when she was six years old. “I didn’t know it was rape then, but I realised what it was as an adult and I decided to come out with it for my own healing.
“It made me angry. I didn’t hate men but for many years I was very competitive with men,” said said.
Faith and counselling helped her find peace.
“Had I not been a religious person, I would’ve been very rebellious.
“I don’t live my life this way because I’m special, but because I’ve always been aware of the power of choice because it comes with consequences.
“I haven’t given myself the room to misbehave, I don’t find being controversial exciting,” she added.
Like any other human being; Twasa admitted she’s made some bad decisions in the past. “I know when people see me they think boring, goody two-shoes, healthy, perfect, but that’s not always the case. I’ve had some expensive lessons.
“If I was money-wise growing up, I would’ve been further than I am with my life and career. I would have paid off my bond much quicker. I wouldn’t have taken a balloon payment option on my car. But at least I learnt those lessons and ditched the big Mercedes for a smaller vehicle I could afford,” she said, also as an advice to others.
She has gone through self introspection after losing her father, “Bra Chips” Seoke, who passed away on 10 April this year. He was buried on his birthday, 17 April – a few days before Twasa was honoured by her industry peers at the Liberty Radio Awards.
“I wish he was there to see that moment,” she recalled.
Twasa had a chance to visit her father at his sickbed in QwaQwa. “Those 10 days were the best. I got to say my goodbyes. I told him how proud I was of him and how he has done so well in raising his children.
“His passing left me with a unique appreciation for time and who I give my time to,” she said.
Her father has been her pillar of strength.
Twasa’s mother, Ntaoleng Seoke, died of natural causes, leaving her father to raise her on his own until he remarried.
It took a community to raise her. “When my mom died, the community stepped in. My former teacher taught me how to wear pantyhose and how to choose a bra. Another teacher took over plaiting my hair. My former pastor’s wife taught me how to use sanitary pads, how to stay clean and how to carry myself as a woman. “I was raised by the community,” she recalled.
Twasa was 16 when her father married her stepmother, Agnes-Manoni Seoke, who she loves like a biological mom.
“She’s the only parent I have left. My parents have lived a good life. I hope to meet a man like my father one day,” she added.