The media, in addition to being agents of socialization, is believed to be the main setters of public agenda. They choose what they consider important enough for the society to at least think about.
In Nigeria, there is a paradigm shift in media influence. The media power and influence is greater and more concentrated in the West, while there is an aloof recognition of media power in the south east. It has not gone unnoticed neither has it been unchecked. There are a number of individuals who have dedicated their lives and talents carving out a niche for the south east media on the map. Amongst these individuals are exceptional women, and this piece is dedicated to celebrating them.
If you’re interested in learning a little more about some of the brave, dedicated most successful women in the media business; check out this list of the top five female OAPs in the south east.
a.k.a FabulosGloria. It goes without consequence to say that fabulous Gloria is the queen of radio media in the south east. Her sonorous and well tenured/pitched voice is almost impossible to ignore. Currently working as the Head of News and Current Affairs department in 92.5 Enugu’s DreamFm, FabulosGloria’s career in the media spans over 12 years having worked in four media houses to date.
program People’s Forum (5-6pm weekdays) on dreamFm deals with all
topical issues from politics to health, finance, marriage, lifestyle, religion
etc allowing people to air their views on prevalent matters concerning them.
She is also a staple on Saturday mornings with the show #SaturdayMorningDrive (6-11am) which is purely an entertainment and lifestyle show. Perhaps her most known program yet is called #OneNigeria show aka #NgwoNgwoParliament where she plays the delectably refined “Madam Secretary”
FabulosGloria is an internationally trained broadcaster/journalist haven mastered the art of communication. She has been trained by (and worked with) the Financial Times London, The BBC, Radio Netherlands (RNTC), InterNews agency, Service Accord and Voice Initiative (SAVI) Nigeria, Action-Aid Nigeria and so many other top media organisations.
Her bio reads; ‘An Evolving Media Personality with Unusual Taste; with that Touch of Versatility and Creativity!’ Asides’ being a graduate of English/literary studies, amazing is an OAP at magic 102.9 FM, Aba Abia state. A natural-inclined media person with a use of Wittiness, Spontaneity and a touch of Depth amazing is the host of an Artiste programme FUTURE STARZ (Mondays 8:15pm -9:00pm). FEMINUQUE a.k.a #ladiestalkingtuesday (Tuesdays 1:00pm – 2:00pm)
AFTERNOON DRIVE SHOW (Wednesdays/Thursdays 1:00pm – 4:00pm).
A slogan to best describe her is: - “What is worth doing is worth doing well”. She is passionate with her work.
a.k.a The Duchess is the queen of the midday express on 92.5 Enugu’s DreamFm. She’s also a brand influencer, red carpet host, artiste promoter and mom to the milk monster.
She is a fitness enthusiast, baby food blogger and writer. Her son August is a kid model, brand rep and made it to the top 10 finalist of cussons baby 2017.
In her interview with Nollywoodkids, she described herself thus;
‘My name is Stephanie Azinge, better known as The Duchess Oma. I’m from Imo state. I’m an OAP with Dream FM, Enugu. I host the Midday express every week day. I’m also a Compere/voice over artist. I host events like book launches, album launches etc and I do voice over for various brands. I’m also a food blogger, baby food to be specific. I write about various ways to make healthy, affordable home made baby food via my son Augusts’ IG page @themilk_monster. I’m also a fitness enthusiast. Since having my son I have realized the importance of excessive fitness so I’ve been chronicling my fitness journey from saggy post pregnancy tummy to fit mom. Hoping to inspire other new moms to get fit.’
Chidera Rosecamille Aneke a.k.a certified Camille is the OAP Certifying Lives on Darling 107.3 FM Owerri. Equipped with a bachelor’s degree in Education/English, a fruity voice & a lot of training certified Camille started broadcasting as the media coordinator NYSC forum on radio Benue. Having a soft spot for humanity, Camille on October 2016, organized an event for young students in Aguata lga of Anambra state to prepare them for life after secondary school. The aim of the event was to help these young teenagers make informed choices about their future.
Also during the ‘World Hepatitis Day’ in 2016 and 2017 respectively, I effectively used the media to create awareness and educate people on health issues.
She most recently in an interview gave her opinion on the lack of endorsements and recognitions trailing eastern OAPs. She said;
‘OAP’s in the southeast are yet to discover the power of networking and the benefits of personal branding. Brands only endorse people who will be able to represent the brand, commandeer a certain amount of audience and make a reasonable impact in people towards their products.
Nobody endorses someone who can’t even make 10 people retweet a tweet on twitter. If we start seeing ourselves as potential ambassadors and putting ourselves on the map then surely brands will pick interest.’
She has been nominated for Best On-Air-Personality of the year (Starlett Award), Most Fashionable OAP (Anambra Fashion Show &Awards). A short bio about her reads;
‘I am your certified girl on radio, always ready to connect with you and bless you with my warm and inspiring presence. A million dollars cannot quench the love I have for the media.’
Tuvia Eze- Nwankwo
a.k.a Tuvia kings is a multitalented OAP and producer at FLO94.9FM Umuahia. She is the host of #Saturdayflakes, #familyliasisonoffice, #ruralmatters, hip hop open mic and the night shift.
Did you know she aspires to make it to the guiness book of records someday? In a recent interview with the Nightingale, where she was asked if she has gotten to the peak of her achievements, she said;
‘Honestly, I’m just getting started. I’m passionately working towards achieving more goals. One of my greatest desires is to live as a role model and leave a great legacy at the end of the day. More than anything, I would love to have my name written on the Guinness book of records for the right cause.’
She’s a presenter, stylist, make-up artist, project manager, writer, blogger, designer and aspiring actress. Tuvia kings is all about self love and confidence, she recently joined the likes of chidinma Ekile in representing her tribe and showcasing her love for culture by braiding the igbo hairstyle #Isiowu.