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Friday, February 7, 2014
It’s one of the top showbiz moments of the year: when the world’s paparazzi throng to catch a shot of a music star.
And when the stars are sparkling on the red carpet before the Brit Awards later this month, one Norwich man could have a special place at the heart of the action.
For 21-year-old Munya Chawawa is down to the final three of a competition to present live from the red carpet at the event in London on February 19.
Munya, a third year psychology student at Sheffield University, was one of thousands who entered a one-minute video online via YouTube for the competition he heard about through Facebook.
After entering, he was so excited that he said he “couldn’t get to sleep until 7am” – which was not ideal, as he had an important exam the following day.
Now he is set for one more nervous day. For the winner of the competition will be decided by the number of people who “like” his video in YouTube – with the cut-off at 5pm today.
Munya said he had been passionate about media and presenting since he was a small child, making home videos with his grandparents in Zimbabwe, where he lived from the age of four to 13.
He said he had always “loved the concept of being on screen”, and winning the Norwich Rotary Club Youth Speech Prize at the age of 16 – for a speech called ‘Weapons of Mass Seduction’ – ignited his fervour for speech-writing.
That in turn gave him the confidence to apply for the head boy position at Notre Dame High School in Norwich, which he won by giving five speeches in five days. It was not until university, however, that Munya began to think seriously about presenting as a career.
He became homesick in his first term and seriously considered dropping out, saying: “I couldn’t connect with the freshers’ mantra, the not doing anything and not being productive.”
But he found the university’s TV and radio stations, Forge TV and Radio, and slowly throughout his second and third years became more and more involved, until his online broadcasts were nominated in various national student awards. He said that was a turning point, adding: “I realised my passion for the media and decided presenting was what I wanted to do.”
Munya’s belief in his peers is strong. He said: “There’s so much young talent around, there’s just no platform for them to perform.”
And he said he believed he had the “ability to be the best” and hoped the Brit Awards could be the pathway to a successful career in the media as a presenter.
To give Munya a chance, see his video at www.eveningnews24.co.uk and “like” it.
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