Makhosazana Ndlovu otherwise popularly known as Makho by her fans is an American based entertainment journalist born and bred in Zimbabwe. If you’ve been following her blooming career for some time then you will recognise her from her fashion blogger days, the red carpet and her talk show for Essence which is responsible for making her a household name.
For someone who has been one of the biggest ambassadors of brand Zimbabwe, you’d be very surprised to find out that she moved to the United States when she was still in primary school. She attributes her pride in being Zimbabwean to the women in her family who conquered quite a lot in order to get where they are.
“Being Zimbabwean is actually what makes me stand out in a room because a lot of people in America haven’t been to the continent let alone Zimbabwe as a country.” – Makho Ndlovu
“They are a source of pride in my life and so are my heritage, culture and identity. Being Zimbabwean is actually what makes me stand out in a room because a lot of people in America haven’t been to the continent let alone Zimbabwe as a country. The fact that my name sounds so different always grabs the attention of people and so I believe it is important to play up your identity as a Zimbabwean up as much you can because that’s what makes you unique.”
Her nationality isn’t the sole purpose for her success however, she adds the intense networking she has had to do over the years as well as the countless auditions she had to and still has to go through.
“No matter how calm it may seem on TV, you have to work so hard on the red carpet in order to get those interviews and it requires a lot of creativity to grab the attention of the celebrities that you need, especially if you working for a smaller company that people may not necessarily recognise. However after a while you get to work for more reputable companies like BET and it does get easier.”
Makho has managed to garner a following not only in the United States and Zimbabwe but in various African countries including South Africa where most of her following is based. She attributes this to positioning herself as a reliable source of entertainment news based in the United States for South African media companies. This made it easier and more affordable for them to gain access to red carpets and award shows without having to fly out a team to the US for all these various events. So you could say, she saw a gap in the market and she was smart enough to fill it.
However, she says that now that the Zimbabwean entertainment industry is growing and she garnered an impressive following from her country men this is the right time for people in the entertainment industry to figure out how to leverage this for the benefit of everyone involved.
Her career has evolved as she herself has evolved as a woman, and this has played a very big influence on the kind of work that she takes on.
“I’m so glad that I began my career in my late twenties and now I’m in my mid-thirties because I am at a stage in my life where I know who I am and I accept all the messy bits and well as of the amazing things that come with that. This means that I am more specific about the work that I take on and how it aligns to who I am and the stage that I am at in my career and my personal life. That’s why although I still do red carpet I tend to shy away from that frenzy and prefer to do sit down interviews like I did with Essence. “
In the near future we can expect to see more behind the scenes work from her like producing and hopefully her very own talk show.