Entertainment - Featured - September 25, 2020

Zimbabwe’s queen of talk show- Dr. Rebecca Chisamba

Mai Chisamba was born Rebecca Tsikirayi in Bindura on 21 October 1952 to a family of seven. She started her education at Bindura Salvation Army Primary School and did her secondary education at Usher Girls High in Matabeleland. She trained as a teacher at Howard Institute.

Mai Chisamba whose full name is Rebecca Chisamba, is the creator and host on the TV talk show Mai Chisamba Show. She is known mostly for her creative Shona vernacular language in address the TV and studio audience during the show. The talk show runs in Shona, where she tackles topical issues of the day that affects the modern Zimbabwean society.

Chisamba received teacher training at Howard Institute. She taught for 15 years before going full time into broadcasting. She became radio presenter for numerous programmes at ZBC and introduced the Mai Chisamba Show. Later shw went independent after establishing Chisamba Productions and Media Consultancy. She did not have any training in Television.[



Chisamba was a teacher and she became a radio teacher under the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture before making her debut as a television personality. She is known for hosting The Mai Chisamba Show, a popular talk show on ZBC TV. Chisamba’s show talks about many issues, which includes health, marriage, sexual relationships and more. She was the only Zimbabwean hosting a Shona language talk show in the days that the English language was dominant in Zimbabwe.

She also has a newspaper column to which people can send letters on marital issues and social issues.

In 2018 she was made the domestic tourism ambassador by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority and the same year she headlined her show in Birmingham.


Awards and Honors

Chisamba has won various national awards, including:

Year    Award Result

2003    Communicator of the year

2007    Best Television Woman Presenter

2008    Best Television Presenter (Njama Awards)

2010    Outstanding Woman In Zimbabwe

2011    Longstanding Talk show (Victors Awards)

2012    Outstanding Woman of Mass media for Gender Equality

2012    Superwoman for Advice and Mentoring


Her awards shows her greatness in the media industry.

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