This week on Women in New Media we head back into Tanzania to meet the hottest presenter in the game right now. Should you see a beautiful, tall, dark woman with a gorgeous smile presenting on Mtv just know you are looking at Vanessa Mdee also known as VeeMoney. I have seen her transform right on our screens from the adventurous and funky Mtv VJ to the now classy and chic television personality.
Vanessa Hau Mdee is a 26 year old year born in Arusha, Tanzania). Vanessa is a Tanzanian recording artist, songwriter, youth activist, TV and radio host. Mdee is popularly known for being the first ever Tanzanian MTV VJ. She later rose to prominence as a radio and TV host, hosting Epic Bongo Star Search and Dume Challenge for ITV Tanzania before signing to B’Hits Music Group in late 2012. After joining B’Hits Music Group, Mdee collaborated with Tanzanian rapper A.Y. on a record ‘’Money’’ and Ommy Dimples, a Bongo Flava artist on a record Me and You that was later voted Song of the Year during the 2013 Kilimanjaro Music Awards.
Now you may say its easy to just be a presenter in a small country but when you have interviewed people such as such as K’Naan, Kelly Rowland, Mac Miller, Rick Ross, Ludacris, Miguel, Donald, Nazizi, Xtatic, Stella Mwangi, Camp Mulla, Tay Grin, Teargas, Dr. Sid and many more African and international acts then you know you can back it up, hold up
I’m not done, in 2012 Mdee hosted MTV Base Meets, a show geared towards empowering young Africans from around the world by giving them the rare opportunity to sit down with an influential leader. MTV Base Meets brought her in the company of Russell Simmons, Alek Wek, former President of Nigeria Hon. Olusegun Obasanjo, football star Emmanuel Adebayor and Akon. Mdee also hosted the Kili Music Awards (Tanzania’s music awards) as well as Tanzania’s nationwide talent search Epiq Bongo Star Search (EBSS).
Vanessa has achieved so much at her age one can only wonder what else she has in store for her fans. Vanessa is quickly becoming a fashion icon for many young african girls, judging from her Instagram posts the woman has got amazing taste but one can tell she is a fun person too. We hope to be seeing more of Vanessa on our screens, follow her on twitter, she always has the low down on the hottest and latest trends in the entertainment in Africa.
We salute you Vanessa.