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
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.
PART OF THE JOB
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.
LOSING EDDIE ZONDI
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