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Unisa media studies degree equips Radio Turf host to promote African discourse and decoloniality

In the dynamic world of radio broadcasting, few voices stand out as distinctly as that of Morokolo Mpholo. At just 26 years old, Mpholo has carved a niche for himself as a radio producer, presenter, and cultural influencer, captivating audiences with his thoughtful insights and unwavering dedication to promoting African discourse and decoloniality. In an exclusive interview, Mpholo provides a glimpse into his remarkable journey and the vision behind his acclaimed shows, "ROUTE326" and "Reggae Explosion" at Radio Turf.


Unisa BHon Media Studies graduate Morokolo Mpholo

Born and raised in the vibrant community of Mankweng, nestled in South Africa's Limpopo province, Mpholo's upbringing laid the foundation for his illustrious career in media. Despite grappling with social challenges during his formative years, he discovered his passion for radio broadcasting, driven by a desire to connect with others and amplify diverse voices. Armed with ambition and resilience, Mpholo pursued a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Media Studies from Unisa, specialising in decoloniality: African thought, discourse, and critique.

Reflecting on his academic journey, Mpholo describes his exploration of decoloniality as transformative. Delving into the complexities of colonial legacies and African identity, he profoundly understood the importance of cultural liberation and self-affirmation. This newfound awareness profoundly influenced his approach to media production and hosting, inspiring him to infuse his shows with elements of African heritage and decolonial perspectives.

Unisa's commitment to accessible education proved instrumental in Mpholo's academic pursuits, enabling him to balance his studies with his burgeoning career in radio broadcasting. Leveraging the university's flexible study options, he meticulously managed his time, dedicating early mornings to academic endeavours before immersing himself in the fast-paced world of radio production. Mpholo acknowledges Unisa's role in promoting diversity and inclusivity within the field of media studies, emphasising its global reach and transformative impact on students from diverse backgrounds.

As the host and producer of "ROUTE326," Mpholo embraces a vision of inclusivity and community empowerment. His show serves as a platform for diverse voices to share insights, experiences, and solutions, fostering a dialogue that transcends societal boundaries. With a keen focus on youth engagement and social advocacy, Mpholo champions the voices of tomorrow, empowering them to effect positive change in their communities.

Navigating sensitive topics with tact and empathy, Mpholo ensures that his shows facilitate constructive dialogue while honouring diverse viewpoints. Drawing on his academic background and critical thinking skills, he approaches contentious issues with respect and objectivity, prioritising the principles of inclusivity and mutual understanding.


Mpholo at Radio Turf

Looking to the future, Mpholo remains steadfast in his commitment to his career and academic pursuits. Currently pursuing a master's degree in media studies, he aspires to deepen his impact as a radio host and cultural influencer, leveraging his platform to inform, educate, and inspire audiences. With unwavering dedication and a passion for positive change, Mpholo continues to redefine the landscape of African broadcasting, one insightful conversation at a time.

For aspiring students considering Unisa as their educational pathway, Mpholo offers sage advice: "Embrace the journey with an open mind, prioritise self-discipline, and cherish the invaluable opportunities for growth and learning. With determination and dedication, the possibilities are limitless."

Mpholo is one of many illustrious Unisa alumni who stand as a beacon of hope, illuminating pathways to a more inclusive and enlightened tomorrow.

*By Nomusa Ngema, Intern Journalist, Department of Institutional Advancement

Publish date: 2024/05/15

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