Thami Ngubeni started her career in media as a teenager in the early 1990‚ when she joined Radio Metro as a newsreader. During this time she also worked as a freelance journalist for Thandi magazine and as a tv presenter and actor. At 21, she left SA for Los Angeles, in an attempt to further her skills in her chosen industry.
During her studies she worked as an intern at Pure Films, a company specializing in Documentaries, Film and music video production. She also entered and won the Miss African Times beauty pageant title.
Her love for being behind the mic kept on calling and she soon found herself hosting a music show on The American Radio Network (ARN) a syndicated radio station based in LA. After completing her studies in Film and Television at the University of California in Los Angeles, (UCLA Extension) where she majored in writing and producing, she returned to SA to further her career.
In 2006, Thami wrote and co-published her first book, My Sacred Spaces, with Penguin Books. She has a weekly spirituality show on Metro FM and previously also wrote a monthly column for True Love magazine.
What you don’t know:
She was First Princess in the Miss Gauteng regionals of the 1998 Miss SA Pageant. She also won the Miss African Times pageant in 1997 to represent Africa on the American scene and be a goodwill ambassador from the readers of The African Times to Africa. Before she went into media, she studied to become a Beauty Therapist.