We turn the tables on eksê’s masechaba lekalake and refilwe modiselle and found that nothing’s off limits with these ladies – onscreen and off.
Weksê: let’s talk with masechaba lekalake season 2 tue-thu eKasi+ 17:55/e.tv 18:00
hen should you take your relationship to the next level? is suicide ever an option? is sa’s education system going to the dogs? these are some of the hot topics that radio and tv personality masechaba lekalake and africa’s first albino model (it’s now official – ask cnn) refilwe modiselle cover three days a week on eksê (2013-current), along with co-host comedian tol a$$ mo. but don’t mistake them for your run-of-the-mill presenters. because sa’s “full of presenters,” they say – the ladies prefer to be called social activists.
growing up in lusaka, zambia, what did you want to be? a writer. always. that never changed. tv was never part of the plan. you have a talkshow on power fm weeknights from 19:00 to 21:00 and this show on tv. would you say that presenting is a talent or a skill that you’ve acquired? it’s a skill i’ve developed over time, purely as i’ve gone along. after returning from the us at the age of 13, i became eloquent while trying to speak english the way it’s spoken here and not with the accent that i’d gained over there. what’s your passion in life? my kids – king itumeleng (1) and lungelo (6) – and getting to be a “sangoma” (a healer of the soul, not a real one) on tv and radio is what i love. which do you consider the most important of the topics you’ve discussed on the show so far? the show that we had on suicide (it aired on 6 august 2014) had a great impact. it was a powerful episode, even though every episode has been in its own way. and which show do you think drew the biggest response? having emotional parasites in your life (it aired on 4 march 2014) got people talking. everybody has someone who just won’t stop trying to leech from them. what’s the best part about working with such strong and diverse personalities? our co-host mo makes work fun and light. i feel sorry for the floor manager because he has to keep us all in line [laughs]. so what makes your show different? it’s the only tv show that’s made socio-economic issues comprehensible to the layman. the video journalist element with miza modibedi, our field reporter, surfing the streets for people’s opinions on the topic at hand is also an awesome part as it gets the people involved in the conversation and gets them to bare their soul.
as a little girl, did you always dream of being where you are right now? i went from wanting to be an advertising guru to fashion designer and graphic designer. so what made you decide to add talkshow host to your résumé? i’d always gone to auditions because i believe people with albinism don’t have a voice and i wanted to change that. and i love oprah winfrey – both masechaba and i do. what drives you? god. and the thought of leaving something behind when i’m gone. anyany amazingamazing guestsguests you’dyou’d lovelove toto comecome back? definitely khanyi mbau. she is phenomenal and people take the mind she has and her value for granted. what do you like most about your co-hosts? they treat me like the egg of the family – like i’m so delicate and precious and need protection. i’m the baby and being here is like a home away from home, with masechaba adding a certain intelligence and strength that i’ve had to tap into and learn. and mo makes me laugh – which is important to me. and what makes eksê different from other talkshows? a level of intelligence doesn’t equal authenticity. we bring out our true selves as not just presenters, but as social activists too.
the girls’ co-host
tol a$$ mo.