Lasizwe's influence is reaching new heights

11 March 2019 - 06:00 By Chrizelda Kekana
Lasizwe Dambuza has grown from just posting YouTube videos to having a reality show among many other things.
Lasizwe Dambuza has grown from just posting YouTube videos to having a reality show among many other things.
Image: Gallo Images / Oupa Bopape

Just over three years ago, Lasizwe was just an ambitious kid posting funny - and sometimes not so funny - videos on YouTube trying to build a fanbase. Fast forward to 2019, the youngin' is not only a presenter, a socialite and a reality TV star, but an influencer of note.

Chatting to TshisaLIVE, Lasizwe expressed his excitement over making it to the 100 Most Influential Young South Africans list, which features the likes of Caster Semenya, Nomzamo Mbatha and Nasty C. 

"It is such an overwhelming feeling to be counted amongst these people and to have won. I feel very grateful, very thankful. It's not my win alone, it's our win with my fans. They made me win."

Lasizwe spoke about how important it is for him to use his influence to help young people.

"I believe that you create the life you want from the choices you make. Life gives you what it gives you, but how you make it work for you is entirely up to you."

After a recent episode of his reality show sparked a debate about dealing with homophobic relatives, Lasizwe said it was important for him to highlight such issues. 

"When you are part of the LGBTQI community, you are often faced with a lot of hate, which usually stems from a lack of understanding. But what people don't often speak about is the fact that it usually begins at home. You know... we all have that one brother or someone that always tries to convince you that you're just confused, that you like girls and stuff like that. It's traumatic but most of us suck it up until we can't anymore."


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