Up until a couple of weeks ago, a lot of people had not heard about David Mbeha, let alone know that he existed. But he has now become the talk of not only Namibia, but Africa as a whole. Mbeha is one of the few people who auditioned and made it to the semi-finals of TLC’s Next Great Presenter competition. He beat some of the best and most seasoned presenters not only in Namibia but the rest of Africa to become a presenter on one of the most-watched channels of the DStv platform. The Villager Entertainment Journalist Faith Haushona-Kavamba sits down with Mbeha on this week’s Celebs Unplugged platform.
Who is David Mbeha?
DM: David Mbeha is passionate, highly-committed to his work and is also fun-loving. He loves TV, and is very spiritual in that he believes that there is a higher power which controls everything that happens in our lives.
Have you always been interested in broadcasting? How did you get into it?
DM: I have always been interested in broadcasting since I was very young. Cutie (Ilke Platt) was one of the people who made me love television. I remember trying to emulate her when I was young because she was my role- model. A few years later, I auditioned at the Trustco Star Performer competition. Initially, I wanted to act for my audition, but my aunt who knew I loved presenting told me to stick to what I liked, which is presenting, and they loved it.
Tell us what prompted you to audition for TLC’s Next Great Presenter?
DM: Auditioning for TLC’s Next Great Presenter is an opportunity every African presenter would like to have. It could take me really far in my career as a presenter, and I had nothing to lose auditioning for it. and everything to gain.
What do you think sets you apart from the rest, and what was your game-plan going into the competition?
DM: I didn’t just wake up one day and decide that I wanted to be a presenter, it’s something which has been growing with me since I was very young. As the people from TLC said to me, I have the charm. One’s passion for something isn’t a lie, and it is evident in your work. My game-plan is to simply be myself as much as possible. I don’t want to be here today and gone tomorrow because I was insincere. I want to be as genuine as possible.
Have you thought of what you will do if you don’t make it?
DM: I don’t like to think negatively, but for me to make it this far proves that I have the potential to be a great presenter. Someone, or a broadcast company out there might see me and give me the opportunity of a lifetime through this competition.
What is the one thing most people don’t know about you?
DM: Presenting gives you a confidence boost, but sometimes when I’m presenting in front of a large crowd, I become very shy.
If you could choose one scene from a play or movie to audition with for a play of a lifetime, which would it be?
DM: It’s not a scene per say, but a character. I would like to play Djimon Hounsou’s character in the movie Blood Diamond named Solomon Vandy. His character shows a lot of courage in that movie; he does all he can to protect his family, and I like that very much.
What are the three most-played songs on your playlist?
DM: The three most-played songs on my playlist would have to be Gazza and Lady May’s “Money”, Katherine Jenkin’s “Ave Maria” and The Dogg’s “Nuka”.
What would you say your spirit animal is?
DM: It would have to be a lion. They are fierce and go for whatever it is they want. They are the kings of the jungle.
If you could, which human trait/characteristic would you get rid of?
DM: The one human trait we could do without is our egotistical nature. There is no need for people to have such huge egos and belittle others. Life can be very short, so spend whatever time it is you have touching people with your heart.
Which cereal box best describes you?
DM: The cornflakes box because I love them. They are my favourite type of cereal.
How would you spend your last day on earth?
DM: I actually think about this a lot, and it brings me back to my mother. I remember my last day with her. The nurses asked me if I knew a pastor who could pray for her, hinting at the fact that she was about to pass on. I was hysterical, and didn’t know any pastors, so I said I would pray for her. That is how I would like to spend my last day on earth, being surrounded by a family which loves and cares for me. That is the greatest gift of all.
What is the most funny or embarrassing thing which happened to you recently?
DM: This is so embarrassing, but it was a very long time ago. I was really young. Anyway, I thought that one of the rides at the Windhoek Showgrounds were escalators because I didn’t know what an escalator was at the time.
Would you rather fight a knife-wielding, foulmouthed baby, or a nun?
DM: I don’t know why I would be fighting the two in the first place, but if it was a matter of life and death, I would rather fight the nun… yes, the nun has to go.