Tutaleni dreams of being a radio presenter

31 January 2018 | Local News

A young woman from Nkurenkuru in Kavango West, who has overcome a number of challenges including a fire that nearly killed her, is determined to become a radio presenter.

Ewi lyaNooli this month caught up with the confident and ever-smiling Tutaleni Asser, who talked about what inspires her to keep going and aim for the stars.

Tutaleni was born with multiple physical disabilities. She has only one leg and most of her fingers are affected as well. Tutaleni uses a crutch to move around.

When she was nine years old Tutaleni suffered burns all over her body when her uncle's house at Rundu burned down. Two of her cousins died in the fire, the cause of which was never established.

She says education has helped her to focus less on her disability and rather focus on succeeding in life.

Tutaleni enrolled with the International University of Management's (IUM) Nkurenkuru campus, studying towards a qualification in business administration, and is currently an intern at the Nkurenkuru Combined School.

Tutaleni, who is an orphan, lives with her mother's sister, Tjova Flourindo, who assists her but finds it difficult to do so as she also has to focus on supporting her family of 11.

On a daily basis Tutaleni has to walk more than a kilometre from where she lives to Nkurenkuru Combined School, as she does not know anyone who can give her a lift.

“I enjoy going to school because it is the only way I know I will make it in life and one day be able to assist my family. It is not an option for me to stay home and do nothing,” Tutaleni says.

Tutaleni believes she can achieve anything she sets her mind to.

“Whatever I believe I can do, I will do it because I've learned that is the only way people succeed in life,” she says.

Speaking about her ambition to become a radio presenter, Tutaleni says she is inspired by various radio presenters, especially the ones of the NBC Oshiwambo service.

Tutaleni says her passion to be a presenter grows whenever she listens to the radio.

“I love the way the presenters talk on the radio. I believe I have a great voice and that is why I want to become a presenter and share my talent with the world.”

Her aunt also attests to this, saying that whenever the radio is on, it is impossible for Tutaleni to remain quiet.

“She is always imitating the presenters on the radio and I believe she will be a great presenter if she gets trained,” her aunt says.

However, Tutaleni is struggling to follow her dream because of financial constraints. She hopes some good Samaritans can help her to achieve her dream.

“I want to go study media as I believe it will open doors for me and hopefully I will achieve my dream of becoming a radio presenter,” she says.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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