For many radio presenters, keeping people motivated is the driving force, however, as for East Coast Radio’s Afternoon Drive presenter, Bongani Mtolo, it is not only about motivating people, but young people, especially students.
Bongani believes that if you motivate young people, you would have motivated a generation.
Some time ago, he left his successful career as a car salesman to pursue his passion, and established an initiative where he helped high school and varsity kids to meet local celebs/ successful people, their role models.
He is now a household name in Mzansi, in as far as the hosting of the drive shows is concerned, and he now bears the testimony of the old saying you are never to old to pursue your dreams.
“I left my job because I was more passionate about radio and when I left just like many other people, I was scared and thought what if it doesn’t work,” he said.
Bongani (29) started the initiative after noticing that some children from the rural areas don’t dream big enough to become whatever they want to, as they are always confined in the web of thinking that being a teacher, nurse and a lawyer is all that there is.
“I began this organisation with the vision of wanting to inspire. Whenever I’d go to the rural I’d meet some of the smartest kids and find out that most of them have never met a successful person or all they want to be is being a teacher or a nurse, so what I do is invite influential people to motivate the learners both high school and varsity students,” he said.
Mtolo told DRUM magazine that the programme is not funded.
“This programme is funded by myself because a lot of the time when you are funded by brands, they tend not to communicate your programme the way you want them to or they tend to taint the image that you have for your brand so for now, I fund it.
“I want my story to inspire someone, and my long-term goal for the programme is have high school tours and just inspire
My wife is the backbone of what I do, I love her so much and I’d like to thank her for the support,” he added.
He is not apologetic, Bongani has an unbelievable sense of humour, sends listeners at ease after a long day at work. He looks into and talks about everyday things that people easily relate to: family, love, money, friendship, things that make you angry, things that make you laugh, cry, traffic, and what some celebrities would be getting up to.