The me­dia star Kriya Gan­giah

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Jacaranda FM DJ and Mela TV pre­sen­ter, Kriya Gan­giah’s ra­di­ant smile, en­dear­ing per­son­al­ity and great looks make it dif­fi­cult to imag­ine the 27 year old ever strug­gling with con­fi­dence.

“Grow­ing up in Pretoria, I was that awk­ward kid with a uni­form that was too big and hair that was too crazy curly,” she laughs. “I was a bit cooler in high school, be­cause I got SA colours for wa­ter polo, but I also did de­bat­ing and drama, so I was still geeky.”

But what was left of geeky van­ished in 2007, when Kriya be­gan study­ing in­for­ma­tion sci­ence at the Univer­sity of Pretoria – and seized the op­por­tu­nity to join Tuks FM. “I’ve al­ways wanted to get into ra­dio,” she says. And not only did she get into ra­dio, but at 17, she was the youngest per­son at the time to have be­come a pre­sen­ter on SA’S most lis­tened to cam­pus ra­dio sta­tion.

Two years later, she de­cided to try TV, and au­di­tioned for Craz-e. “The pro­duc­ers wanted a 16 year old, and I was 20, so I wore dun­ga­rees, odd socks and two pony­tails to look younger. I made it and stayed on for four years, also pre­sent­ing Shiz Niz, Frenzy and Sis­ta­hood, which won me a 2013 SAFTA nom­i­na­tion for Best Talk Show and Best Youth and Chil­dren’s Pro­gramme.”

Gigs at Highveld Stereo FM and Ballz Vis­ual Ra­dio fol­lowed, and in 2014, Kriya joined Jacaranda FM on The Lounge. “It’s some­times daunt­ing to be in the stu­dio, but the im­me­di­acy of ra­dio is such a rush,” she smiles.

In ad­di­tion to her ra­dio gig, Kriya is a pre­sen­ter on the TV life­style show Mela, and she has been an am­bas­sadress for Zoya, Lipsy, Mini and SWEAT 1000. And all while also work­ing as a dig­i­tal lead at Kag­iso Me­dia.

Next up for this ris­ing star? “I want to open my own dig­i­tal agency,” Kriya says. “And my big goal is a move into an en­ter­tain­ment TV talk show. Be­ing a woman in the me­dia in­dus­try means we can cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­sure that we reach any of the goals we set.”

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