Eleven-year-old Bonolo storms the airwaves

Everson Luhanga

Watch out world, Madam Speaker B is here and she’s in charge. At just 11 years old, she is the youngest radio presenter on Alex FM.

Her real name is Bonolo Moahludi. And her passion for radio started during lockdown when she decided to do more with her free time. 

Speaking to Scrolla.Africa from her home in Alexandra, Johannesburg, the grade six learner from Dr Knack Primary said she wants to be a vet when she grows up, but will not dump her talent for radio broadcasting.

She said she often visits the Marlboro vets offices where she is given the opportunity to learn more about animals. 

“I can’t yet choose which way to go. I will let it develop in me,” she said.

She said her ultimate goal is to host kids’ shows on a radio station and inspire young township children to be more confident.

She believes many children think someone can only achieve their dreams if they go to private schools, and she wants to dispel this myth.

Bonolo said she is happy about the education system and her hardworking teachers at school. 

Her role models in the industry are Tshepo Mosima from Alex FM, her co-host Dopper Ramapelane and TV broadcaster Anika De Beer.

Her mother Teboho Moahludi said during lockdown level five, Bonolo read news as if she was a radio or television broadcaster. 

“I used to record her and post her short clips on social media platforms. People loved her energy and Alex FM gave her a show called Bigger than Life that airs between 9 and 10 on Saturdays,” said the proud mother.

Other than radio and her love for animals, Bonolo finds time to give food to the vulnerable children in her neighbourhood whose parents cannot afford to feed them three square meals a day.