Miss V Candy sets the bar

HARARE - Miss V Candy, who co-produces and presents Club ‘E’, an entertainment and lifestyle show regarded by many as the swankiest programme on  ZBC-TV, says she is much more than a pretty face.

She told the Daily News on Sunday that her good looks mask a steely determination to become the country’s foremost media mogul.

“I have always been driven by the desire to do more and be more and not only limit myself to being the pretty face on TV but to be a media mogul and I feel blessed to see that dream coming together with our production company Entertainment Afrika, a production house I co –own with Marc T Mandisoul.

“It is a business I started, producing content and working behind the scenes doing all the nitty gritties of production,” she said.

Given the way Miss V Candy’s dream to be a notable media entrepreneur is neatly falling into place, it hard to imagine that she got into this sector “by accident.”

“I had my first stint on television as a continuity presenter in 2010.Funnily enough it wasn’t planned. I just bumped into auditions on my visit to ZBC to see a friend and got the job and from then opportunities came showering. The producers took a liking to my craft and I became the official infomercials presenter for shows like The Harare Agricultural Show and the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair.

“Sport producers also asked me to be part of ‘Sport Check’- a daily sport preview and review show. It was an exciting challenge and then an opportunity to be on radio knocked and I took it in a heartbeat because it had always been a long time love interest of mine,” said the former ZiFM presenter.

But Miss V Candy, a daughter of a veteran journalist and who is also a cousin of celebrated former Radio 3 DJ Peter Johns, believes she always had media blood flowing in her despite being a holder of a political science degree.

“I have always been passionate about entertainment I know it’s cliché but I was born an entertainer. I would perform in church at the young age of four. My grade two teacher even said I would be a newsreader and I pretty much got my kick from being in front of the crowd from primary school to high school, so in essence I had been working towards being a media personality without being aware of it,” she said.

Miss V Candy, whose real name is Nonhlanhla Tutani, is delighted by way Club ‘E’ has won acclaim in Zimbabwe and beyond.

“The inspiration was to bring an entertainment and lifestyle show outside the usual- to set a bar and push the envelope and let our people be in touch with international trends with a show that is equally competitive with other regional shows and put Zimbabwe and its people on the world stage showcasing the immense talent we have from the internationally acclaimed Tinashe Kachingwe, Danai Gurira of Walking Dead and many others.

“Yes it is going even beyond what we imagined .It has become a national sensation and even celebrities and artist from other countries are keen to be part of the show and to be on the show as it has become sort of radar to measure what's hot or what's not.

“Plans are at an advanced stage for the show to premiere on Africa Magic Showcase next season. It is set be the first Zimbabwean show to land on Dstv -a production by Zimbabweans showcasing Zimbabweans,” she said.

In keeping with her dream to become a serious media player, Miss V Candy has lined up several initiatives that include a presenter search programme.

“We are excited about a new television show we're producing 'Presenter Search Zimbabwe' to find the next best television and radio presenter and give people out there an opportunity to show themselves and live their dream.

“We hope to begin showing it around September, October there about. We are working on a number of projects from radio, TV, film and music,” she said.

The former ZiFM presenter, who revealed plans to return to radio, is also eying an entry into music.

“I have just completed my song with Nyanda of Brick and Lace and billboard-topping artist American Kat Dahlia. My debut single is called ‘Mayhem’ produced by Marc Mandisoul and set to be released soon with a proper marketing strategy. The song is a ladies anthem weekend party song,” said Miss V Candy.

The rising media personality is working towards a masters degree in international relations and aspires to be a positive role model for young Zimbabwean girls.

“Girls can be anything they want to be, with a focused mind, a hungry heart and hard work. You do not need to sleep your way up compromising yourself .With the grace of God and pure drive you can do it.

“I am starting a foundation called L.O.V.E an acronym for Let Our Vision Equip.What God has blessed me with I also want to bless others especially young girls. I know how hard it is to be someone and something in this society that is still very male –dominated,” she said.

Despite Miss V Candy’s strong support for women empowerment, she told the Daily News on Sunday that she believes in the virtues of marriage.

“I plan to settle down pretty soon. I am from a background that values the family establishment. Yes it’s more fulfilling to follow my passion and fulfil my calling knowing I have my hubby and babies... I am seriously involved and am courting a very lovely gentleman,” she said.

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