CELEB WATCH The price of suc­cess

Wil­son B Nkosi says be­ing called names and in­sulted in the me­dia comes with be­ing in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Boi­tumelo Mat­shaba

METRO FM ra­dio pre­sen­ter, Wil­son B Nkosi, who has been on ra­dio for over 30 years, was re­cently pre­sented with a Hall of Fame Award at the Liberty Ra­dio Awards. Wil­son shares with Move! his jour­ney to the top and the chal­lenges along the way.


In his ac­cep­tance speech when he was pre­sented with his award, Wil­son made a sar­cas­tic com­ment, “When you over­stay your wel­come, you will re­ceive awards.”

Move! later caught up with him to ask him to elab­o­rate on his com­ment. He laughed and says, “That was just tongue and cheek. But I be­lieve if you do the best you can, some­one will ac­knowl­edge it. That’s all you can do. Give it your best shot and leave it to the uni­verse to de­cide. That’s all I’ve tried to do,” he says.

Last year, sports and ra­dio pre­sen­ter, Robert Marawa, hon­oured Wil­son dur­ing his sports show to com­mem­o­rate Wil­son’s 30 years in the in­dus­try.


Over the years, Wil­son has been called many names in the me­dia.

“I’ve seen head­lines and read sto­ries la­belling me as self-cen­tred, con­ceited and dis­re­spect­ful. Maybe they are right. Maybe they are wrong. I get it be­cause it comes with the job,” he says.

Wil­son says when you ask for rain, you must ex­pect mud too.

“Good things have hap­pened, but with those good things came less de­sir­able things too. I un­der­stand and ac­cept that. I’ve had so many things said about me by peo­ple who don’t know me from a bar of soap. I don’t know why. Does it then come as a sur­prise that I hardly agree to do in­ter­views? But I’m glad I did this one with you,” he tells Move! JOIN­ING METRO FM Wil­son joined Metro FM in 1986 when he wrote to the SABC re­quest­ing to join a spe­cific ra­dio sta­tion.

The SABC of­fered him a po­si­tion at a dif­fer­ent sta­tion, but he re­fused. The SABC later of­fered him a spot as a pre­sen­ter when they launched Metro FM, for­mally known as Ra­dio Metropoli­tan.

In later years, he and the late Ed­die Zondi be­came the voices that best de­scribe Sun­day after­noons. Wil­son presents Sounds and Stuff Like That from 9am un­til 12:00pm, while Ed­die used to present the Ro­man­tic Reper­toire from 3pm to 6pm.


In 2014, Ed­die, who was Wil­son’s best friend, passed away. At his fu­neral, Wil­son read a poem about his friend­ship with Ed­die. He spoke about how they in­stantly clicked when they first met and that they have al­ways had each oth­ers’ back. He added that they were loyal to each other and wanted the very best for each other.

Wil­son B Nkosi was re­cently awarded with a Hall of Fame Award at the Liberty Ra­dio Awards for his con­tri­bu­tion to ra­dio

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