Wilson B. Nkosi is a 56 year-old veteran radio DJ, musician, and TV presenter born on April 24th, 1967. Wilson is known for hosting Sounds and Stuff Like That on Metro FM. Though he is said to be married, his wife remains unknown.
In 1986, Wilson B. Nkosi joined Metro FM as one of the station’s first DJs. He moved on from working the graveyard shift to hosting morning and afternoon drive-time shows. Since 2000, he has been hosting Sounds and Stuff Like That on Metro FM. For his contributions to the radio industry for over 36 years, Nkosi was honored with a Certificate of Recognition for Legendary Achievements in the creative industry at the 2023 The Arts of Legends Awards.
Who is Wilson B. Nkosi?
Wilson B. Nkosi is a legendary radio DJ, TV presenter, musician, copywriter, and actor best known for his over three-decade stint at Metro FM. He began his radio career in his teen years and has hosted almost all the slots on the radio station except the Jazz slot. Wilson also has one acting credit, having featured as a Sheriff in the eighth season of Soul City.
On the music front, he released a CD titled ‘Soul Moods VI’, and his songs include ‘Friendship’ and ‘Do Not Quit’.
How Old is Wilson B. Nkosi?
Wilson B. Nkosi is 56 years old. His date of birth is April 24, 1967, and his birthplace is Piet Retief, a small town in Mpumalanga. Shortly after his birth, his family relocated to Swaziland, where he spent his formative years and attended a boarding school.
Wilson Nkosi Joined Metro FM at the Age of 19
Wilson B. Nkosi fell in love with radio as a kid. He grew up listening to Radio Zulu and Radio Swaziland. After completing his secondary education, he wrote to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), requesting a broadcasting job at Springbox Radio. He was told that there was no vacancy at the time but should try Radio Swazi (now Ligwalagwala FM).
Wilson desired to work with SABC and not Radio Swazi. Later, in 1986, he received a letter from SABC telling him that they would be launching Radio Metropolitan (now Metro FM) and should audition if he was still interested in working for them. Though he didn’t have a demo, he went for the audition, which was successful, and was recruited by Metro FM as a radio DJ at the age of 19 in 1986.
Wilson B. Nkosi was one of the first DJs at the radio station and started with a graveyard slot. He was later promoted to work as the host of morning and afternoon drive-time shows. In the year 2000, the Mpumalanga DJ started hosting a popular Sunday show, Sounds and Stuff Like That, from 9 AM to 12 PM. As part of his Sunday show, he also hosts Poetry In Motion and delivers inspiring poems on the show.
Wilson B. Nkosi’s Sounds and Stuff Like That is very popular with a vast section of Mzansi radio listeners. Hence, the show usually attracts over a million listeners, which accounts for its longevity on Metro FM.
Is Wilson B. Nkosi Leaving Metro FM?
No, Wilson B. Nkosi is not leaving Metro FM. He has been associated with the radio station for more than 36 years and seems not to be quitting his role any time soon. The radio DJ is an important staff member of the station. In March 2017, when he failed to host his Sunday show for two weeks in a row, it was rumored that he had left Metro FM.
SABC, however, refuted the rumor and made it clear that Wilson B. Nkosi only went on a brief break. He subsequently returned to the station. Over the years, his shows have inspired millions of people in SA and beyond. For instance, Poetry In Motion, which forms part of his Sunday show, has helped many people contemplating suicide.
Amazingly, in September 2020, when Wilson B. Nkosi celebrated 34 years at Metro FM, the management and staff of the radio station organized a surprise party for him. The team took over his Sunday show, and the remarkable milestone was celebrated live on air. Also, social media users celebrated the radio royalty with the hashtag #ThankyouWilsonB.Nkosi. The 56-year-old has attributed his success to his ability to approach his work with enough zeal.
Wilson B. Nkosi’s TV Hosting and DJing Gigs
Wilson launched his TV career in 1987, a year after joining Metro FM. He served as the presenter of a request show titled Sidlalela Intsha, Sidlalela Ulutsha. He also served as a replacement for Bob Mabena on Studio Mix in the absence of the anchor. Following the launch of Jam Alley in 1992, Wilson B. Nkosi was one of the first presenters of the popular SABC show.
Later, in June 2022, he was announced as the co-host of the agri-TV series Niche Farmers, which aired on e.tv with repeats on eXtra and Honey Channel. Alongside Rozanne McKenzie, Wilson helped to showcase the aspiring stories of both successful black commercial farmers and niche farmers.
In addition to working as a radio DJ, Wilson B. Nkosi has entertained masses at several events held across Mzansi. In July 2015, he performed at Taliban in GaRankuwa and was booked for a gig at The Barnyard Theatre in Pretoria, which he declined due to controversy. Additionally, in June 2023, he performed sets at Shades of Black (Soulful Sundays) alongside Xola Dwati in partnership with BBW & Co Fourways.
He also features at the Sunday Soul Sessions at Emnotweni hosted by DJ Paul Mtirara in various cities across Mzansi.
Wilson B. Nkosi Owns a Communications Agency
In 1995, Wilson B. Nkosi established a communications agency called Wilson B. Nkosi Communications. The agency is into writing and production of radio and TV commercials. Wilson also wrote scripts for the Reliable Music Half-Hour Show, for which the company Reliable Music Warehouse was impressed. Consequently, he became the company’s brand ambassador and features on the TV campaigns.
For several years, Wilson B. Nkosi has been a copywriter for his communications agency. He had his first copywriting job at J Walter Thompson and still works as their resident writer after over 16 years. He further works as a freelance writer for several agencies, including Ogilvy and Mather and Young and Rubicam.
Wilson B. Nkosi’s Award/Recognition
After close to four decades on radio, Wilson B. Nkosi’s worthwhile contributions to the radio industry were recognized at The Art of Legends Awards in March 2023. He was honored by the Malumbi Foundation in partnership with the Mpumalanga Department of Culture, Sports, and Recreation with a Certificate of Recognition for Legendary Achievement in the creative industry.
SABC applauded the radio royalty for the well-deserved recognition. Not only has Nkosi built a loyal audience on Metro FM, but has mentored many young talents. He is undoubtedly a shining example of a consummate broadcaster.
Does Wilson B. Nkosi Have a Wife?
Wilson B. Nkosi is said to be a married man, but it’s still unknown who his wife is. The eminent radio DJ has been tight-lipped about his family life. He is believed to have children but has kept them away from the spotlight. He only shares his professional life with the public and prefers to keep his personal life secret.