We were first introduced to Asanda Maku in 2005 when she became one of the top 5 Cape finalists in the MTV VJ search. In 2007, she soared and landed a presenting job on TV show Hectic Nine-9. Our online editor sat down with the presenter, producer and mom at the Valley Lodge and Spa in Magaliesburg, where Asanda hosted her annual Mom-Me-Time event, to talk about her career and motherhood.
Who is Asanda Maku?
I’m a 29 -year-old God-fearing woman that believes in family. I was born in Namibia but came to South Africa at a very young age. I grew up in Port Elizabeth with my amazing grandmother who raised me to believe in God and put Him first in everything I do. I’ve always dreamt of being an entertainer and my path has always led me in that direction. I played leads in school plays and hosted fashion shows so I knew earlier on what I wanted to do.
When and how did you join the TV industry?
My first television break came in 2005 when I was selected as one of the top 5 Cape finalists in the MTV VJ search. That’s how I knew I needed to pursue my dream of being a presenter. I auditioned and become one of the original presenters for Hectic Nine-9 in 2007. I also acted in a drama called Interrogation Room.
How was that journey for you?
No one said the journey into following my dreams would be easy but I persisted because I loved it so much. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else but entertain and create. That’s how I ended up studying copywriting at AAA but my passion was still television. So the hustle was hard and still is but I know it will be worth it in the end.
How long were you in the industry?
From 2007 to 2012.
When and why did you decide to leave TV?
I left in 2012. After presenting a show on SABC 2, I found out that I was pregnant. The programme was alternative sports show which meant jumping out of planes and water rafting which are all high adrenaline sports. It would be safe for me because of my pregnancy.
What are you up to now?
Besides being a mother I’m also working on something in TV that you’ll be the first to know. So watch this space.
Speaking of being a mother, how has motherhood been for you?
No amount of books could have prepared me for motherhood but it’s the most life- changing experience. I’m truly blessed to be a mother to the most amazing girl that has taught me so much about life.
Is it everything you have expected it to be?
Everything and more. When I was pregnant all I wanted and prayed for was a healthy baby but God blessed me with a bubbly, music loving and beautiful baby girl. So I’m truly blessed to have her in my life. I thank God every day for her.
What do you love most about being a mother?
When she came home with me from the hospital I used to just sit and stare at her, not knowing what was in store for me. I love going out with her and playing with her. She’s very social so I try and take her to kids’ activity places for her to mingle with other children.
What kind of relationship do you want to have with your daughter when she’s older?
I just want to be able to be there for her whenever she needs to talk, cry and laugh with someone. I want us to be able to share life’s challenges with each other and to support her in whatever she wants to be one day.
You recently hosted a Moms-Me-Time event. What was that about?
My business partner Bosele Mogamisi and I wanted to host an event but I suggested we host one for mothers because they hardly get the luxury to just go out whenever they want to. We’re only spoilt on Mother’s Day so I thought it would be great to host mothers and enjoy some leisure time filled with pampering.
Where you happy with how things turned out?
We’re more than happy; it truly exceeded our expectations. It was evident in the ladies’ faces from the moment they arrived to the last day. We’ve already received mail inquiring about the next event and advanced bookings.
What goes into planning an event like this?
It takes dedicated people who have one common goal to make sure our mothers are happy. So Valley Lodge hospitality was a huge bonus. They made sure that our vision ran smoothly.
When is the next Moms-Me-Time?
We’re hoping early next year after the December holiday rush and after the children have settled into school in January. The next one is going to be bigger and better.