Arthur Evans’ date with des­tiny

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Bruce Ndlovu

AFTER hav­ing nar­rowly failed to land a spot as a pre­sen­ter on SABC 3’s in­stant star mak­ing show Top Billing last year, suave Bu­l­awayo pre­sen­ter Arthur’s Evans gets an­other shot at the big time this Satur­day when his new TV show de­buts on Zam­bezi Magic on Satur­day.

The jour­ney to­wards the mak­ing of the Evans Show has not been an easy one.

Over the past few years, the sharp, sil­ver tongued en­tre­pre­neur, MC, TV host, voice over artiste and speaker has bat­tled self doubt and Bu­l­awayo’s ig­no­rance of his and oth­ers tal­ents to fi­nally ar­rive at this mo­ment.

“The inspiration to make the show came from a point of want­ing to give up which was around the time I en­tered, by duress, the SABC Pre­sen­ter Search for Top Billing.

“With a neg­a­tive at­ti­tude, I got very far and it made me re­alise how great a gift God had given me,” said Evans.

As an MC, Evans has won a lot of ad­mir­ers with elo­quence and skill on stage, nav­i­gat­ing guests smoothly through what would oth­er­wise be te­dious cor­po­rate func­tions or awk­ward fam­ily events.

When things get sticky, the ace in the pack is the card to play. Yet for all his charm, Evans also had to ne­go­ti­ate a tough fi­nan­cial ter­rain as he tried to put to­gether a world class show in the face of cor­po­rate scep­ti­cism.

“Some of the chal­lenges I faced in­clude time as I’m wholly com­mit­ted to our fam­ily busi­ness Tech­no­ex­pert Con­struc­tion. Also sup­port be­cause not every­one, even Arthur C those close to you, will sup­port you.

“Fi­nan­cially, I’d to use per­sonal re­sources but the bulk of it came from a loan so there was a lot of risk in­volved. Un­for­tu­nately, most peo­ple will only sup­port after they see a thing come to pass,” he said.

The ac­tual film­ing of the show was also a labour of love for Evans, who spent sleep­less nights try­ing to put to­gether a show that might cat­a­pult him to his right­ful place in Africa’s ever ex­pand­ing galaxy of young TV stars.

“Dur­ing the shoots, I hardly slept be­cause I’d have to go into the of­fice ex­tra early to work. I even hosted a na­tional event dur­ing that pe­riod for the Min­istry of Tourism and Hos­pi­tal­ity,” he said.

While the show car­ries his sig­na­ture style and elo­quence, in a sense it will also serve as a com­pass for those that are lost in the sea of neg­a­tiv­ity and scep­ti­cism of a frus­trated Bu­l­awayo arts scene.

“I had to reach the fi­nal stages of pos­si­bly the big­gest pre­sen­ter search in South­ern Africa to get any se­ri­ous ac­knowl­edge­ment.

“For that rea­son I’m so grate­ful to those peo­ple that have sup­ported me with­out some of the ma­jor moves that I have made.”

“I’ve the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a unique op­por­tu­nity for our lo­cal tal­ent so it’s im­por­tant for peo­ple to watch the show.

“I refuse to be bit­ter about what could have been and the lack of sup­port and I choose to ‘be the change that I want to see in oth­ers’. I’ll not ne­glect Zim­babwe, I’ll not ne­glect Bu­l­awayo!” he said.

While some of his fol­low­ers in Bu­l­awayo will be fa­mil­iar with Evans as an MC, they will fi­nally get to see him put his con­ver­sa­tional jacket on as he trades words with some of the sharpest minds and tongues from the coun­try and beyond.

While he is at the helm, a cap­tain is only as good as his crew and in that sense, he needed good in­ter­view sub­jects that brought out the best in both him and them.

“The first episode of the show will see Evans di­verse pal­ette as an in­ter­viewer, as it fea­tures radio per­son­al­ity Ton­derai “TK” Kat­sande, su­per­star Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi and rap­per Cal_Vin, giv­ing view­ers a glimpse of the di­verse de­lights that await them ahead in the show’s first sea­son.

“The guests on the show had to fall into some cat­e­gories. I’ll men­tion just a few of the cri­te­ria. We looked at their re­gional pres­ence, proven track record over the years, Zim­bab­wean, Bu­l­awayo-based and we threw in some curve balls be­cause I want to en­dorse undis­cov­ered tal­ent so a few acts/guests on the show may not be well known but they de­serve the recog­ni­tion,” he said.

With his ex­cep­tional good looks and note­wor­thy com­fort as a speaker, it is easy to see how Evans might hog the lime­light from his guests.

For the pur­poses of his show, how­ever, he will have to make sure that he and his guests feed off each other.

“It’s my job as a host to cre­ate the vibe, pace and en­ergy that I want dur­ing my show with­out be­ing pushy or of­fen­sive. In stay­ing true to my­self, I like what you will see on the screen be­cause I’ve mod­elled my pre­sen­ta­tion tech­niques to meet in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.” — Bru­ciEEye

Arthur Evans


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