Vibrant WSU journalism student Lubabalo Mashiqana has earned himself the opportunity to produce and present a business and entertainment news show on global media corporation, Forbes Africa, whilst on experimental training.


Born in the Eastern Cape village of Sheshegu, Mashiqana claims he has always aimed high for himself especially as a young black gay man who was surrounded by a supportive and progressive family environment growing up.


After spending his required two and a half years for the ND: Journalism course, Mashiqana answered when the big jungle of Johannesburg called for his name. With his initial vision set for Forbes Africa, being given a contract six months before his required training was sort of what he had exactly anticipated.


“I started off with writing for Forbes Africa, then started doing packs for CNBC Africa and I think that is what I enjoyed the most. I reported for TV as I still am now. Got a chance to co-produce closing bell with Zikhona Masala and Rofhiwa Madzena which I still do occasionally,” said Mashiqana.


Upon arrival, he chased the big stories in high spirit and proved that he is worthy to be kept and exposed by the company to which they did.


From the beginning of November, Mashiqana was given the opportunity to produce  and present a weekly trending business and entertainment news show simply titled #ForbesAfricaNow, where he gives a wrap of the weeks top subjects in news and also gets first hand knowledge on African and international celebrities and business leaders through excellently executed interviews.


“It’s an opportunity for me to prove myself and do something that I never thought I’d do, produce and host my own show. The only advice or motivation I can give to others is, speak your dreams into existence. It comes with hard work and dedication,” uttered the excited Mashiqana.


With a sea of possibilities ahead of him, Mashiqana expressed how he aspires to grow and learn more in his career whilst also keeping the values learnt at WSU intact.


By: Simo Cele.

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