He used to imitate Aubrey Motloung and the late Pule Kgabi. Sello Mokonopi affectionately known to his followers as Bishop Skhalo is a 3 times award winning sports anchor in the North West province and doesn't show any sign of slowing down. Those who know him will agree that this is one guy who talks, eats and sleeps everything that is sports. He grabbed his third award at The North West Provincial Sports Awards held in Rio Hotel on the 18th of Oct 2019. We get to know him a bit better and also catch him Mon-Fri from 07:20 doing sports bulletins and also Sekhutlhwana Sa Metshameko every Sunday 15:00-18:00 on Mmabatho Fm 107.7.
📰 Tell us about yourself.
📻 Sello Lucas Mokonopi born in a very small area called Lokgalong village 30km outside Mahikeng.
📰 When did your love for radio begin and how did you know it's what you wanted to do?
📻 At a tender age of 6. I just loved radio as a whole. I grew up with a burning ambition to work in broadcasting industry and I even used to imitate other presenters. I remember back in 2013 when I went to Mmabatho fm auditions I was very fortunate to be selected and went on air in 2014.
📰 Why did you choose sports and as a sports anchor who inspires you?
📻 I'm passionate about sports. I had an influence in pursuing my dream of becoming a presenter by the late Pule Kgabi, Aubrey Motloung and Alpheus Koonyaditse.
📰 You've won multiple awards for the work that you do, take us through them?
📻 2016, 2018 and 2019 I've won an award for Best Sports Presenter and was also honoured by former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe for promoting sports in schools in the province. The Ngaka Modiri Molema Masters and Ditsobotla also awarded the award. I regard it as an honour moreover to be chosen amongst the best in the field of sports, it is motivating to participate alongside people I look up to as mentors. Despite all this achievement coming my way, there's still a lot to learn.
📰 What is your advice to those who want to follow in your footsteps?
📻 My advice is very simple. Be passionate, be curious to learn, be patient and work hard. The industry demands one to be informative. Research and bear in mind the advancement of the digital world and stay focused.
📰 What is it that people don't know about you?
📻 I love music. Soul ballads ( The Bee Gees, The Eagles). Enjoy good company and love travelling.
📰 What is next for you?
📻 At the moment I'm studying Radio Production and Media at NWU under NEMISA. I want to see myself working in one of the bigger radio stations, either commercial or national radio station in the near future.
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