Gospel radio presenter Loyiso Makisi, 26, has been nominated for best presenter at the upcoming Gabriel Global Gospel Awards. (GGGA).
The East London-born presenter started her radio career at local community radio station Izwi Lethemba FM, after graduating from Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
“In 2017, I started developing an interest, a desire and love for radio,” Makisi said.
“I then started visiting Izwi Lethemba FM and was invited to co-host a music show called Indumiso Gospel Sounds on a Saturday.
“Right then and there I started loving it more than I used to.” she said.
Makisi said she realised she could have a career in radio when could take radio as a career once she started co-hosting the breakfast show late in 2017.
“I began to grow more in my love and passion for radio and worked hard to improve daily.
“I was also able to anchor and co-host different shows such as talk shows, music shows and empowerment shows.”
Makisi said Pabi Maloi had been her main inspiration. was Pabi Moloi. “Her voice, passion, real talk, confidence and ease on radio made me want to listen to her daily.
“She inspired me a lot when it came to radio, TV and even the voice-overs she does,” Makisi said.
The GGGA was created to build awareness and generate pride in the diversity inherent in to the gospel musical, ministerial and ecclesiastical communities.
“I was very shocked, humbled and excited when I found out I had been nominated as one of the best gospel radio presenters,” Makisi said.
“I was even more grateful to God and just knew it’s by His grace that my radio career has been highly received by many and it has made it a beautiful journey for me to encounter till this far.
“Television talk shows are my main focus and have always been one of my dreams and goals when it comes to the media circle of life.
“And thanks to radio and digital media such as YouTube sessions, which helped me with foundational skills, I know it’s a dream I am willing to pursue,” Makisi said.
To vote for Makisi, SMS GGGA 16 to 33903. Voting closes on May 20.