Wandiswa Ntengento is a South African freelance writer, news anchor, journalist and founder of Magic Wand Media. In 2011, she started her career in journalism at Mdantsane community radio station as English news anchor, reporter, part time producer and mentor for news anchors.
She also worked as a news anchor at Link FM Christian radio station on the breakfast show. She was a trained camera operator at Trinity Broadcasting Network Africa, and did freelances for various online and print publications as well as the correspondent communication officer for a Geneva based organisation called International Alliance of Women, an organisation that promotes the human rights of women and girls around the world.
Ntengento has completed an undergraduate qualification in journalism through Walter Sisulu University and was one of 19 Journalism students in South Africa to be selected for the 2014 Future Journalist Programme run by Rhodes University and Highway Africa.
Ntengento has been selected for various international programs such as the International Women’s Media Foundation fellowship, Yale University’s Visiting Women’s Executive Program, Transparency International’s Young Journalist fellowship, Rhodes University’s Future Journalist Program, Thomson Reuters Foundation Program on financial illicit flows, Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa program in financial journalism.
She has experience in broadcast, online and print journalism. She has also completed online short courses through Ivy league institutions such as Harvard University and Yale University.
Ntengento is passionate about issues surrounding women and children. In 2014, she organized a march to bring awareness to the abduction of more than 200 Nigerian girls by Boko Haram. In October of the same year, she was selected to be among 30 women’s rights activists from around the world to participate in an international conference held in Cape Town by Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre.
Ntengento is currently an experienced TV Producer who has worked across Africa and in parts of the US as well as India for BBC World News. Her passion is promoting Africa’s potential and telling a new African narrative.
She boasts a successful 10 years in journalism and media where she’s worked across the board in the industry.