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Lali Tokwe

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Show(s): Seza Umphefumlo

Host Seza Umphefumlo

Who are you? 

My name is Nobulali “Lali” Tokwe, a young lady born and grew up in Zwelitsha, King William’s Town. I am a purpose driven individual. A pioneer, an ordained minister of the Word, an organiser, a leader and a visionary. I am determined, reliable, and able to identify a gift and talent from other people. I believe that life has got many opportunities for all people.  I am not afraid of new experiences and take up to new challenges especially the ones aligned to my purpose. I’m people’s person. I matriculated at Nompendulo High School where I had an opportunity of accepting the Lord Jesus as my Lord and Personal Savior at age 14. After matric I studied at the University of Fort Hare and obtained the following qualifications: Bachelor of Science (Geography and GIS), Post Graduate Diploma in Records & Archives Management and Bachelor of Science Hons in Geography & Environmental Science and I am currently pursuing Masters of Science in Geography & Environmental Science.

While at varsity, I became an active member of the Students’ Christian Organisation and has been involved in various leadership roles. I then became active in SCO provincial & national programmes even after I graduated. In 2005, while a student at Fort Hare, I started working voluntarily for various departments within the institution which resulted in me getting part-time jobs at the University. After I graduated, I got employed by the University of Fort Hare at the Centre for Leadership Ethics in Africa until 31 March 2017. 

What show do you host?

I currently host Seza Umphefumlo which broadcasts every Sunday morning 09h00-11h00. The show caters local and international gospel music. It is my prayer that through my voice and words from my mouth listeners may be uplifted, inspired, edified and moreover derive strength, joy and comfort from the praise and worship songs played on the show. May their souls’ thirsts be quenched.

When and how did your career start?

  My love for radio began while I was still a child. The first 9 years of my life I was with my grandparents in Seymour (Cangca Location) where we knew no TV, radio was the only thing we listened to. Since we have a Christian background as a family, I got attracted to the then named   “International Gospel show” which was presented by Tat Zolani Bongco at Radio Xhosa and later by Bro Mbu Ngewu. I was a fan of international artists , the likes of Shirley Ceaser , Tramaine Hawkins,etc  so I wouldn’t miss the show. As years went by I explored and got more interest on radio through the influence of the then CKI fm (now Trufm) presenter, Mam Ntomboxolo Malusi.

It was in 2006 where I became part of the Forte Community Radio, where I started by being a guest and later a guest presenter, I presented few shows such as Imvuselelo, Iyethulwa Imithwalo (Thursday Women’s Programme), Psalms & Hymns (International & Local Gospel show) until 2013. In 2014, Link FM, a Christian Radio station based in East London took me in to present a Weekend Gospel show.  In 2015 January I resigned from Link FM to join SABC’s Trufm where I was presenting a Gospel Breakfast show, Isinqqi seZulu & Intsatshana neLizwi until June 2017.   

What have you achieved thus far within your career? What are your career highlights?

Radio has had a great impact in my life and ministry. My gifts of preaching the Word, public speaking and MC-ing have been acknowledged by many through radio. On my arrival at Trufm I had an impact on the show I was presenting by taking it from less than 5000 listeners to + 20000) within 06 months. In 2014 I received a Beyond the Balance Sheet award from Vision4 Women for working beyond the call of duty in reaching out to communities.

Besides radio, what do you do?

I am the visionary and the founder of His Purpose Women’s Ministry which gathers all women from all ages & backgrounds to inspire, transform, unite, and empower them in order to unleash their fullest potential in every aspect of life by living their lives as purposed. Through this organisation I mentor young girls (all ages). I visit schools for inspirational talks  discussing various topics such as teen pregnancy, drug abuse, purpose driven life, etc . As an events person I organises women’s events and call inspirational speakers to equip women in different areas of their lives. I donate sanitary towels to the needy girls especially the ones living with disabilities as well as orphans.

I am the Managing Director of Lali Tokwe Consulting which focuses community development, trainings, life coaching and empowerment programmes for women, youth and children. Through Lali Tokwe Consulting, I conduct IsiXhosa Storytelling Sessions for children from 05-12 years of age. This programme is meant to encourage the use of mother tongue by children, to allow and help them speak, hear and understand isiXhosa.

I speak and MC in different events such as church conferences, corporate functions, academic functions, graduation ceremonies, youth conferences/seminars, women’s conferences/seminars.

For bookings: lalitokweconsulting@gmail.com or 083 609 6024

          “Your fulfilment is in living your purpose”


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