Interview with Juliet Royo: Radio personality and actress

Juliet Royo, also better known as Royo Julz, is one of the blossoming female radio personalities in Malawi. Loved for her charming voice and one of a kind music selection, Juliet is becoming a darling to many urban youths through the Spotlight, a Tuesday night show which she co-hosts with Ian Simbota and features prominent people on the local entertainment scene. Kimpho Loka had a chat with the MBC Radio 2FM presenter.

Royo: You need to have confidence.

Royo: You need to have confidence.

Juliet Royo (right) captured sharing a moment with friends.

Juliet Royo (right) captured sharing a moment with friends.

Royo: I enjoyed my 21st and 22nd years

Royo: I enjoyed my 21st and 22nd years

Tell us more about Juliet, off and on air.

Off air: I am a reserved person, I keep to myself. Am an avid reader, my free times are filled with sleeping and watching movies or hanging out with my peoples. I observe a lot. I’m always looking for ways to better myself whether it’s physically, spiritually, character-wise or financially. On air: I could be really inquisitive sometimes, am loud and opiniated

The name Royo Julz, an interesting name that fits you perfectly, how did it come about?

Thank you! [Smiles]. Oh well [shrugs]… I couldn’t come up with a twitter name when I tried to sign up so I just used my name. My friends call me Julz instead of Juliet and Royo is my surname

What’s fascinating about radio?

The fact that you talk all alone in a soundproof room is fascinating alone, I think [smiles].

Also the fact that as a radio presenter you always need to have that confidence that there is a listener(s) out there, whether there is really someone tuned in it’s scary and exciting at the time because all you have is hope.

What’s the best age to be and why?

You do host call-in programs, mostly at night, who’s your frequent and favorite caller?

Uuuhm I haven’t done those in a while ‘cause of the Spotlight slot, but from the days that I used to do it, there was a guy named Emanuel, he was a lot of fun.

 

If you weren’t talking to us now, what would you be doing?

Probably up and down running errands. I am into business management and investments. I also do voiceovers, ads and acting so am usually on the road most parts of my days.

Business management and investments, do you mind sharing your investments and why your peers should borrow a leaf from you on that business tip?

I can’t give all details of my investments lest my business partners would kill me [laughs]. But personally I invest in anything I can get my hands on. Sometimes if fails sometimes it pays off. Investments like bonds, treasury bills, shares and other businesses as per available opportunities. It’s important to save for that rainy day, it’s a tip my father instilled in me when I was a little girl. I have known what and how it is to have literally nothing and I seriously don’t want to go back there hence my hands-on on savings and that sort of thing.

My peers should borrow a leaf because having your business interests is satisfying, risky but fulfilling. I hear so many of my fellow youths saying they don’t want to work for anyone or for far long. That they hope to do their own thing, but how are you going to start up if you can’t save now or lay the foundation while you can?

Interesting. Now back to radio, what makes your station unique? How would you compare it to other stations?

Radio 2 FM is diverse. Its primary audience is the youths, but the way that goal is diversified and launched into a number of ways to reach out to the people is interesting. It also has the best presenters and DJs in the industry. People who [have] been in the game for far too long. I feel super privileged to work alongside them every single day.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I won’t take a cold shower even a hottest day. I hate cold water! And I have anthropophobia (social phobia).

Talking about social, do you believe social media has made a difference in people’s lifestyle in Malawi?

Most definitely! One of the major influences on a person’s life is peer pressure and I believe that with social media in the recent years, peer pressure has gotten too real. It’s both good and bad depending on one’s gate-keeping.

What makes you believe you are doing enough to promote local music?

I wouldn’t want to believe that am doing enough to promote local music because there is room for improvement all the time no matter how good things are. Therefore, I think there is room to do more.

Your Top 3 Malawian songs on your playlist?

I always listen to Redemption by David Kalilani, so I place it on position one. I like the single Home Grown African released recently, Nobody and it comes second. On number three there’s Lilia’s Home, I don’t think I will ever get over it.

You’re also an actress, what’s the best role you’ve played in your career?

I played a chief’s wife on a stage play in Smith Likongwe’s “Presidential Prerogative” a couple of years ago, it was an interesting experience.

Does the film industry have a future in Malawi?

Yes it does. With time I believe it will do well. It needs massive support from the government, the corporate world, the actors themselves to be organized and united as well as the citizens to be as supportive as they can be.

One’s early twenties I think. It’s time to lay out a path for oneself. You start to find yourself as a person and it can be quiet intense. I enjoyed my 21st and 22nd years, both the painful and happy experiences.

How old is Julz?

Julz was born 25 years ago [smiles].

What’s your best night out?

Bonding with my favorite people over dinner or a good movie.

Who’s your best male friend and how did the two of you meet?

We met through my work six years ago. His name is Lim.

Connect with Juliet on Social Media

Facebook: Juliet Theodorah Royo

Twitter: @Royojulz

Instagram: miss_royo_

—Photos courtesy of Juliet Royo—

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Alinafe Laurine Chingwalu
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Alinafe Laurine Chingwalu
8 months 19 days ago
A Malawi tinatani always over analysing every little thing down to the last sentence and turning a beautiful thing into something ugly, does her age really matter? Well Av known Juliet since 2002 we were in standard 7 then n yes she is 25yrs old,she started being on air way back should be 2005 if not 2006 tili Ku secondary.I know this lady very well she is not someone oti angabise zaka y wud she do that anyway? A Malawi tiyeni tiphunzire kuyamikira pomwe zinthu zili bwino osati kumangopeza zifukwa zosadziwika bwino.To Juliet continue working hard Mesho n keep chasing… Read more »
owen
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owen
8 months 20 days ago

Juliet how come ur still @ 25yrs? I held of you in my high school and years after complete my school and work I worked for 3years and am having the same years plus 1 as yours how come juls?? You suppose to be in you early 30s not middle 20….

Priscilla Royo Malenga
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8 months 20 days ago

@Owen, Julie started being on air at radio 2 fm wen she was 19/20 years old,,with part time voluntary programs. Now u c y we kip arguing that she has worked so hard to b where she is?

Karim Maliki .,Ts Tania NT Tatiana, and she,dint say a word about prostitution,,u did.. And pliz pick on someone ur size not her if u want a fight.
@jon snow thanks man.. Malawians are gud at bringing PPO down as if they get paid for it.. All cz of jealousy.
WORK HARD AND CREATE YOUR OWN BRAND PPO!!

jon snow
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jon snow
8 months 21 days ago

way to go royo girls. i also hate negroes that have nothing better to do than talk crap. who cares how old she is? she’s hot and she’s making bank.

kwambili imakhala jealousy. too many people with absolutely nothing to do but hate. that’s when they start thinking, “nkazi uyu ndiokongola komanso ali successful, koma poti sangandilole, ndimunyoze so i can feel better about my miserable existence.”

anyway, forgive them….

Priscilla Royo Malenga
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8 months 21 days ago
Woooooaahhh!!! Guys! Everyone is entitled to their own opinions,,yes.. But. DONT DESTROY ONES REPUTATION WHILE AT IT!! Jus bcz u r ignorant about my sisters age, doesn’t mean her reputation shud be painted black. Ts probably bcz of the dressing or the photos, that y’all think she is not 25. If u guys lie about ur ages, that doesn’t mean kuti everyone else lies bout their age. Go thru her photos on Facebook, search for PRISCILLA ROYO/ MERCIE TANIE ROYO/ JULIET ROYO.. u,will find her photos in any of those profiles. Wat happened to supporting our own home industry, Malawians,… Read more »
Karim al Maliki
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Karim al Maliki
8 months 21 days ago

Tatiana Royo it is you who is an idiot,this is a news site not a prostitution advertisement site.

KARU UNITED
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KARU UNITED
8 months 22 days ago

Ameneyu ndiye mwamufukula kuti?

TANIA ROYO
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TANIA ROYO
8 months 22 days ago

Correction ” proud of the woman she HAS* become .

TANIA ROYO
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TANIA ROYO
8 months 22 days ago
They seem to be so many experts on knowing ones age at sight firstly y’all stupid Secondly y’all idiots And thirdly y’all dummies. You don’t even know her , you have never meet her in person and some guy says he was schoolmates with her Nigga where????? Julz has been in girls secondary school since primary. Bakhita girls primary school then Bakhita girls secondary school. And am the one to say cause I grew up with that beautiful soul she practically raised me n my other sister Ever since out parents bailed. I was born in 1996 and Juliet was… Read more »
wa ku Mitchesi kujaaaaa!!!!
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wa ku Mitchesi kujaaaaa!!!!
8 months 21 days ago

wooo! Apo ndiye mwatishoshatu.

Benard Lupiya
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Benard Lupiya
8 months 22 days ago

Beautiful lady. Beautiful voice and hard working it seems. However, don’t allow Sumbuleta’s sexual advances. You will be finished. Ali ndi matenda amene uja.

Patrick lusiyano
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Patrick lusiyano
8 months 22 days ago

25yrs ameneyu,koma penapake guyz

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