Based: Johannesburg

27-year-old Radio personality, Ayanda Mdluli, has come a long way in her career, she is one of South Africa’s most sought-after DJ’s and MC’s and as she continues to climb up the ladder of success, we have decided to get to know her better.

Hailing from KwaZulu Natal, Ayanda, had a change of scenery when she was just a toddler, speaking to DJ Sbu in a recent interview, Ayanda opened up about her move to Johannesburg after her father was transferred from KZN to JHB for work, which led to her being exposed to new things and a better education.

The media personality attended the National school of the arts in Braamfontein, she expresses that she had self-doubt growing up as a tall girl, however, she now embraces everything about herself.

“I studied drama, dramatic arts, I was actually a very shy introvert before I joined the National School of the Arts. Growing up, I was tall…when you’re a young child and you don’t understand what confidence is at that point in time, you feel as though you’re not adequate enough, because you’re tall, you’re too tall, you’re too long, all the boys are short so no one wants to crush on you because you’re tall, but now we’re owning it,” she added.

Ayanda went on to take a gap year after obtaining her senior certificate, embarking on a journey of self-discovery, she did some part-time jobs in retail stores, and eventually came to the conclusion of studying Law before finding out that the applications were closed, she then decided to study Psychology and Criminology.

Ayanda was scouted by YFM’s station manager, Tumelo Diaho- Monaheng, he slid into Ayanda’s DM’s to offer her an opportunity with the station and ever since her run on Y, she now runs a five-hour slot on 94.7.