Former radio, television presenter and model, Rufaro Faith Chakanyuka (RC), who was known as Ruffy to her fans in the Land of the Brave, has been out of sight for the past year.
Ruffy this week spoke to the Windhoek Observer Entertainment reporter, Rinelda Mouton (RM) via social media, saying she is now living in Zimbabwe where she is a radio presenter. In this interview she speaks about why she went to Zimbabwe and what her future plans are.
RM: Tell us a little about yourself?
RC: When I first started in the entertainment industry in Namibia I was known as Ruffy, but I have now changed my name to ‘Boom Baby’. I am a model, radio presenter, Master of Ceremonies and television personality. In Namibia, I was signed with A Models Namibia where I did modelling. I was also employed as a radio presenter at Unam Radio in Windhoek. I was a television presenter for nbc for their program, Flippen’ Frisky.
RM: What are you doing now?
RC: I am currently in Harare, Zimbabwe. I am happy to be here because I have always referred to Harare as the city of sunshine. I am out here living my dreams and taking my broadcasting career to the next level. I now work at Urban Africa Media which is a fully accredited agency committed to the establishment of a global standard Zimbabwean brand development and management. I am also a radio presenter on Star FM, one of Zimbabwe’s leading radio stations. I moved here from Windhoek last year in April shortly after my graduation from the University of Namibia (UNAM) where I earned a Bachelor in Business Administration.
RM: How did you choose Zimbabwe for your next career step?
RC: It is really not an exciting story. I have always believed that things happen for a reason. Tragedy actually brought me to Harare. We had a terrible car accident in Botswana with my family and later I ended up traveling to Zimbabwe to drop off my grandfather. I made a few connections during my four day stay there and I instantly set my eyes on the beautiful sunshine of the city. So far, I am enjoying Zimbabwe; I feel that I can flourish here a lot.
RM: Tell us more about your radio career?
RC: Growing up I would always be the most talkative person amongst a group of people. However, I was never interested in becoming a radio presenter back then. The first time I went on air was when I was interviewed as a contestant for the Miss UNAM beauty pageant. That was my first on air experience and I already knew that I would like to do it for the rest of my life. That was my second year at UNAM and my mother had just passed on. Radio came into my life at the perfect time and healed me.
RM: Do you still have the interest of Namibian artists in your heart?
RC: Namibia will always be home. My focus at the moment is to explore the amazing Namibian artists and designers and present them here in Zimbabwe. I am reaching out to the Namibian entertainment industry because their stories and journeys need to be heard and shared with the world. I have already had artists such as Oteya and Gazza on my show. They were speaking live via telephonic interview. I plan to line up more Namibian guests in the future.
RM: What are some of the things that your fans don’t know about you?
RC: I am the middle child. I have an older sister and a younger sister. I enjoy cooking. I love my couch and spend a lot of time on it watching different TV series. I struggle to fall asleep without watching television. I always need something to usher me into LaLa Land.
RM: Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
RC: I would surely still be rocking radio. I would also like to get more involved in the fashion scene.