Anchor, Sunrise and owner, FTA Media Communications
Faith Mangope is the lead anchor on e.tv’s breakfast show Sunrise, and both her presence and work ethic are considered incredible. Those who work with Mangope admire her for her perseverance, her focus and her innate sense of entrepreneurial spirit. Not only is she lead anchor on a prominent show, but she owns her own media company, FTA Media Communications, recently won the YALI scholarship and was selected to give the inaugural address to President Barack Obama at the presidential town hall for Young African Leaders.
When asked what inspires her about her career, Faith Mangope replies: “The media chose me! I was recruited to work for Talk Radio 702 while standing in an audition queue with one of my closest friends as his supporter — he really wanted to audition to be a part of the Primedia family. Needless to say, I got the job and I am grateful I got to keep my friend as well.”
Mangope started out at 702 as a call screener and was promoted to the executive producer of the Early Breakfast Show within a few months. She is driven by the need to empower the continent through open, robust and even uncomfortable conversations about how to effectively identify tangible African solutions to Africa’s problems.
“Two people who have really inspired me are Angela Merkel and Oprah Winfrey,” says Mangope. “The reason is relevance and legacy. Oprah moved from working in the media industry to owning a piece of the industry pie and her work still speaks for itself. I am inspired by strong women who are influential both in their own countries and internationally.”
“I am planning to play a lot in the technology space, providing solutions for some of the challenges confronted by society,” concludes Mangope. “I also aspire to grow further as a broadcaster and as a tool of empowerment.” — Tamsin Oxford