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Perspective: Getting To Know Asanda Maku & Her Tricks Of The Trade

Asanda Maku squeezed QuenchSA.com into her flux schedule to talk all things Asanda, B&B and her game plan.

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We caught up with Asanda Maku to delve into her story and her new lead role on etv’s brand new show B&B. Asanda is no stranger to the small screen having first broke into acting in 2007 when she featured on SABC 1s’s drama Interrogation Room. Years later, Asanda still shows the same hunger and ambition to succeed in the entertainment industry both in front and behind the camera. Check it out.

QuenchSA: Behind the cameras, who is Asanda?

Asanda: Asanda is a God-fearing woman, very passionate about what she does in terms of her presenting and acting. I’m a dreamer and I try and make those dreams come true.

QuenchSA: Speaking of your dreams, what still needs to happen for Asanda to finally say ‘I’ve made it’?

Asanda: When I have my own television network one day, and I think once I’ve Oprah-ed it out because she is my case study then I’ll know I’ve arrived. Also giving back, maybe opening a production school, the sky is not the limit I’d like to go beyond that.

QuenchSA: Some people go through careers without ever landing a lead role. How did you avoid that fate?

Asanda: I don’t know how I avoided it, because everybody tries. I think it’s all about timing and mental preparation. Having a lead role is all good and all on paper but it needs to be believable, you need to portray that. The way I avoid it is by challenging myself.

QuenchSA: Do you share any similarities with your character?

Yeah (Laughs) I’d say her love for her kids and family, it may not come across like that but deep down she does her husband and kid. Another similarity is that she’s a go getter and she goes out and gets it and I can relate with her in that way.

QuenchSA: How is the chemistry with such a talented cast?

Asanda: The chemistry is surprising amazing. What I love the most is that there’s a good balance of experienced actors and newcomers, it was literally like family, we help each other, we go through our lines together, if someone isn’t saying something right Mam Mara will help out and so does the crew.

QuenchSA: If it wasn’t presenting or acting what would you be doing?

Asanda: I think because I’m such a creative I would have been producing a show behind the scenes or probably in marketing because I studied marketing. Whatever I’d be doing would have to involve creation of content.

QuenchSA: Are the movies for you in the future?

Asanda: I definitely want to do movies. That’s the next level for me I’d love to do featured film. For me I feel like South Africa is ready for really witty, well written comedy movies. I think that’s my next think. I’d love to star in a movie like that.

QuenchSA: You mentioned being a God-fearing woman. Has your religion influenced your selection of roles?

So far no, I haven’t had to compromise too much in terms of my roles. My interpretation of that is that I’m not fearful of people and things I can accomplish, I’m more fearful of God and if I’m living according to him. In terms of roles I think its about personal preference, it’s just being comfortable with what you doing and if you can live with yourself.

QuenchSA: What’s next for Asanda?

Asanda: Well at the moment I’m producing something and that’s as far as I can say.

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“I Hate Bipolar People” – K Naomi In Hot Water Over Controversial Tweet

K Naomi lands in the throes of public backlash following tweet about how she detests people with Bipolar.

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K Naomi’s scathing attack on people who battle Bipolar Disorder, a debilitating psychological condition, has landed her in hot water.

“I hate bipolar people”, she tweeted, potentially operating from the impression that bipolar captures a generic reference to light mood swings. “You can’t always switch up. Choose your vibes and be about them”, she continued advising.

The latter part of the 28 year old’s tweet rests upon the notion that those suffering from the condition have a choice in controlling their extreme mood shifts.

This, of course, could not be further from the truth.

Unfortunately, however, K Naomi’s tweet functions within a social context in which those who’ve been diagnosed with a psychological condition must endure not only the stigma attached to it, but also the ignorance that follows.

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There’s nothing light about Bipolar. Quite the opposite.

“The highest, biggest, quickest, can’t keep up with it all, can do it all, from can’t possibly fail to irritation to rage, and finally to the lowest, murky chamber of hell where the darkest of moods slowly strangles every hope… and, maybe, in-between all is all right”, one patient described their experience on the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) website.

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More celebrities are coming forward about their personal experiences with mental disorders.

Kanye West recently detailed his own journey to diagnosis and beyond, recalling how he became extremely paranoid and fearful of those around him. “You feel your friends are trying to kill you”, he told David Letterman in an interview for his Netflix Show,  My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.

K Naomi has yet to comment.

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Fans Demand The Return Of Dj Fresh

Metro FM listeners are livid that their mornings aren’t starting with the Big Dawg.

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Fans have threatened to boycott Metro FM if DJ Fresh is not returned to his popular breakfast show on the SABC radio station with immediate effect.

The calls come just days after the veteran radio presenter was “unscheduled until further notice” for using profanities on air.

Fresh reportedly used the word “msunery” during one of the shows, a derivative of an offensive Nguni slur. The word was dropped during a rant targeting a listener.

According to Sowetan Live, temporary suspension was taken by the SABC as a result of a complaint to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA (BCCSA), citing the presenter’s use of strong language.

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While not dishing out any more details on the suspension, the public broadcaster’s spokesperson, Vuyo Mthembu, did confirm that DJ Fresh, real name Thato Sinkwane, has been pulled off air until further notice.

Listeners of the radio station’s most topical show have expressed their displeasure with DJ Fresh’s suspension. #BringBackDJFresh was trending on Tuesday morning as scores of avid fans threatening to boycott Metro FM until their demands are met.

 

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WATCH: Bonang Bags ‘Inspiration and Influence’ Award in Prague

Queen B paced triumphantly to collect the latest addition to her long list of accomplishments

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Bonang Matheba wins the Inspiration and Influence award at the Global Social Awards

That Bonang Matheba reign just won’t let up!

South African TV Host and entrepreneur flew the South African flag high in Prague, Czech Republic, where she bagged the cool Inspiration and Influence award at the Global Social Awards.

The Queen B, who looked mesmerising in a floral green printed three piece styled with her famous curls, which cascaded to her cute blazer, couldn’t contain her excitement as she was announced as the winner of the award.

Bonang Matheba wins the Inspiration and Influence award at the Global Social Awards

Smiling from ear to ear, the glamorous media personality thanked her fans for their votes. ‘I know everybody back at home voted, and they’ve been rooting for me. We did it!”

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The 31 year old went on to advice social media influencers to use their platform to impact.

“Make sure you light people’s lives. Use it to talk about things that are important to you. Things that impact the youth around you… wherever you are, use it for good.”

Bonang Matheba wins the Inspiration and Influence award at the Global Social Awards

Pinky Girl, Bonang’s cousin, was there cheering her on!

Held in Prague, Czech Republic, the Global Social Awards are aimed at celebrating “popular figures from the world of social media. The show assembles more than 40 influencers from around the world to the city.

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While not confirmed, chances of the whole trip to Prague making on to the looming third season of Being Bonang are pretty good. Members of production were spotted.

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