On Air Personality
Korwe ga ke je, ke bapalela tsetse
Morake has steadily grown into one of South Africa’s most sought after comedians and the first African to film a Netflix special in 2018. Morake’s edgy brand of comedy has earned her a place as a headliner in comedy festivals all over South Africa. She’s bold, she’s sassy and you simply cannot ignore her. The first woman to host Comedy Central Presents on African soil, Morake has become relentless in her quest to maintain her footing as a comedy tour de force. Not one to be limited by borders, Morake’s comedy has seen her wow audiences in UK, Canada, Ghana, Australia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Beyond her comedy, Morake has been the face of major campaigns with Vodacom and Kelloggs. As a producer, her work has been nominated in various categories at the South African Film and Television Awards, which she also hosted in 2013 and 2014. She also hosted the prestigious SAMA Awards in what was dubbed “the most popular SAMA broadcast”.
Morake has also had some critical recognition thrown her way. From being named one of The Free State Province’s Icons, to the Entertainer of the Year at the 2012 Speakers of Note Award. She is a recipient of the the Mboko Women in the Arts Award for Excellence in Comedy 2013. Tumi’s crowning glories have been her nominations for coveted Comic of The Year at the 2013, 2014, 2015 and finally winning it in 2016 at the Comic’s Choice Awards. 2015 saw her nominated in the Glamour Woman of the Year Awards. She was voted You Spectacular Favourite Comedian 2016.
Morake’s continental claim to fame began as the host of The Big Brother Hot Room, a comical round up of Big Brother Africa. She also spent two seasons on the judging panel of Etv’s She’s The One. Her star continued to rise as host of the ever trending Our Perfect Wedding for a record 3 seasons after a public demand for her return. Since 2015 she has reigned as Madame Speaker, hosting SAFTA Award- winning game show Point Of Order. She is the previous host for Red Cake on SABC2 and her own late night talk show, #WTFTUMI on SABC3.
Tumi Morake in true multitasking woman style, has channelled her comedy into writing, acting and producing. She has begun making waves in radio as well, moving from online radio to the airwaves on breakfast radio. A mother of three and a wife of one, ready to kick start listener’s mornings on Di Rage Amon le Tumi
Birthday: 22 December 1981
Place of Birth: Thaba Nchu
Your Secret Passion: Watching local soccer and bundu bashing
Worst day of the week: Friday. It pretends to lead to partying but actually means more work than play for me.
If you could invite any three people, dead or alive, for dinner, who would they be and why?
1. Hugh Masekela – To experience him live again and for his sense of humor
2. Mam’ Winnie Mandela because power
3. My mother – To see her reaction to me being on Motsweding FM
Favourite Setswana idiom: Korwe ga ke je, ke bapalela tsetse
The thing you're most proud of: My book, And Then Mama Said
Your likes: Good food, good company
Dislikes: Wild parties
Favourite musician or band: Jay- Z
Web links to find out more about you: www.tumimorake.co.za
What advice would you give to people who would like to work in this particular field?
Put yourself out there and knock down those doors!