Thomas Msengana is a 48-year-old South African DJ and radio presenter born on August 30th, 1975, with a net worth of over R1 million.
The Capetonian is well-known for hosting Lunch with Thomas and Pearl on Metro FM. He has hosted several shows at diverse radio stations and has further boosted his net worth by serving as the host of award shows. He presently works as the co-host of Thomas and Skhumba Show on Kaya FM and returned to the station in May 2021 after a previous stint.
How Old Is Thomas Msengana?
Thomas Msengana is 48 years old. In Cape Town, he was born on August 30th, 1975. Though the radio personality kept his age secret for a while, it was revealed when he participated in Celebrity Big Brother in 2002 that he was 27 years old then.
Also, while being interviewed regarding his show with comedian Skhumba Hlophe on Kaya FM, his co-host disclosed that he and Bad Boy T were born a day apart, and the DJ’s birthday is August 30th. Having begun his career in his early 20s, Thomas Msengana has achieved a decades-long-spanning career as a radio presenter and DJ.
Where Does Thomas Msengana Work?
Thomas Msengana works at Kaya FM as the co-host of the Thomas and Skhumba Show. He returned to the radio station in May 2021 as the host of Thomas and Skhumba in the Morning along with Skhumba Hlophe after previously being on the station. They dominated the airwaves for a while before the show’s rating declined.
Though it was rumored in mid-2022 that Bad Boy T was fired by Kaya FM alongside his co-host, it happened that the duo lost their breakfast slot to Dineo Ranaka and Sol Phenduka. As part of Kaya 959’s brand repositioning strategy to grow listenership and advertising revenue, the esteemed radio presenters were moved to a nighttime slot as the terms of their contract were renewed.
They had their last morning show on June 24th, 2022, and subsequently began hosting the show on their new slot called, Last Call. Presently, Thomas and Skhumba Show airs on Kaya FM on Mondays to Thursdays from 10 PM to midnight and Fridays from 9 PM to midnight.
Msengana Rose to Fame as The Host of Metro FM’s Breakfast Show
In 1996, while in Cape Town, Thomas Msengana joined Good Hope FM, where he worked alongside Mark Gillman. Then in the following year, he relocated to Johannesburg to become a member of the staff of YFM, as the radio station was newly launched at the time. He worked as one of the DJs at the new station and hosted the Harambe Show with Lee Kasumba. He spent almost ten years at YFM and left in the year 2006.
He moved to Metro FM the same year and hosted the midday show, The Family Show, on Mondays to Thursdays from 12 PM to 3 PM. He then rose through the ranks to begin hosting the popular radio station’s breakfast show in 2007. And he became widely recognized in the country for his role at the station. Even though he left Metro FM two years later, he made a comeback in 2018 and worked alongside Pearl Modiadie to host the afternoon show Lunch With Thomas and Pearl.
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The show aired for three years and was a hit among listeners. Nonetheless, Pearl and Thomas announced their exit from Metro FM in March 2021. They had their last broadcast show that same month. While Pearl Modiadie took a break from radio as she had her first child then, the 48-year-old DJ moved to Kaya FM. Meanwhile, after he left Metro FM in 2009, he joined 5FM the next year.
While there, he hosted the Weekend breakfast show, and after a six-year stint, he made an exit from the radio station in April 2016. In a statement he released, he said that he had reached a point in his career where he needs to leave the station to pursue other endeavors. Nevertheless, Msengana enjoyed growing with the station for six years.
List of Radio Shows Hosted by Thomas Msengana
- Harambe Show at YFM (1997-2006)
- The Family Show at Metro FM (2006-2007)
- Metro FM’s Breakfast Show (2007-2009)
- Weekend Breakfast Show at 5FM (2010-2016)
- Lunch with Thomas & Pearl at Metro FM (2018-2021)
- Kaya FM’s Thomas and Skhumba in the Morning (2021-2022)
- Thomas and Skhumba Show at Kaya FM (2022-present)
How Much Is Thomas Msengana’s Net Worth?
Thomas Msengana’s net worth is estimated at over R1 million. He has been on the radio for over two decades and a half and has worked for several radio stations. Although the amount he earned for his diverse radio gigs over the years is still not known, the celebrated South African radio DJ ought to have made a fortune from his long-spanning career.
Besides radio, Thomas Msengana has served as the host of a few award shows. They include the 13th edition of The South African Film and Television Awards and the 7th edition of The Metro FM Music Awards. He has further hosted Stars of Mzansi and was featured as one of the 5FM DJs on TV5 – the television face of the radio station launched for 26 weeks on SABC3 in 2011.
Thomas Msengana’s Marriage to Unathi Nkayi Ended in 2017
On September 19th, 2009, Thomas Msengana tied the knot with Unathi Nkayi, a famous media personality and musician. The two got married at a private ceremony in Grahamstown after reportedly meeting at YFM. They looked happily married and seemed like a perfect fit as they regularly attended events together, showing off PDAs.
Sadly in October 2017, Unathi confirmed that she had separated from her husband of eight years in an interview on eNCA. However, she never disclosed the reason behind the split, but in 2019, it was reported that sexting broke the couple’s marriage. It was alleged that the former Idols SA judge stumbled on sexually explicit pictures of a Joburg woman called Noluthando Dlalisa on her husband’s phone.
Afterward, she took to social media to call out Noluthando for sexting with her husband. Consequently, Thando Dlalisa filed for a protection order against Unathi at the Randburg Magistrate’s court on June 24th, 2019, alleging that she was harassed by the radio presenter. Even though Thomas Msengana’s ex-wife claimed that Dlalisa apologized to her for her behavior which played a role in her marital woes, the Joburg woman denied knowing Bad Boy T nor his wife. She also denied being involved in an adulterous affair with Unathi’s husband.
Despite the rumor that Thomas Msengana has moved on with a new partner, he is yet to confirm his relationship status.
How Many Children Does Thomas Msengana Have?
Radio royalty Thomas Msengana welcomed two children with Unathi Nkayi before their marriage crashed. He has a son, Sinako, and a daughter named Imboyothando. While their son made his arrival on December 10th, 2004, and is 18 years old, the former couple’s daughter, Imbo (12), was born in 2011.
The two have been co-parenting quite well since their divorce. In December 2022, when their son turned 18, Thomas and Unathi celebrated his birthday as a family, and the former Idols SA judge shared the photos of their family celebration on social media.