Sunday, 31 January 2016

Media personality and comedienne, Omotunde
David, popularly known as Lolo 1 of Wazobia FM,
speaks about her career and recent spat with her
colleague
How did your love for broadcasting come about
despite studying Law?
I have always loved entertainment and for my final
year project at the university, I wrote on The Rights
of a Performer. I actually had so much love for
music and thought I would become a musician.
Some of my childhood friends would be surprised
to know that I don’t even have an album at the
moment. But, I’m currently working on it and I may
release it before 2017.
Have you ever practised as a lawyer?
I practised Law for over three years and I enjoyed
it. I wouldn’t call it my first love since I do not
practise it any longer and I am not sure I will go
back to being a lawyer. But, nobody can tell what
may happen in future.
Has your law degree come in handy in your
current profession?
Law is a great foundation for everything especially
the arts. Having a legal background opens your
eyes to a lot of angles and perspectives to life, and
issues. It helps you make informed decisions and
good judgment. Law is all-encompassing and there
are so many aspects to it—business, psychology,
sociology, politics and entertainment.
How have you been able to shield your private life
from prying fans?
I am a proud mother of four children and I have the
right to keep them away from prying fans. If you
know me very well, you would know that they are
my all and an integral part of my life. Occasionally,
I post their pictures on social media, but that’s not
what’s key for me.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that your marriage
has broken up.
My husband is a very private man and I wouldn’t
want to put him out there. It’s not something he
appreciates or cares about. We’re presently going
through a divorce, but we have mutual respect for
each other. We will do all we can to protect and
nurture our lovely kids. We are also actively
involved in the lives of our children.
Is working in a pidgin English-speaking radio
station challenging?
It was a huge challenge for me but Wazobia FM
helped me re-invent myself, carve a niche and
truly own it. It also allowed me set new standards
and heights in broadcasting in the local lingua
medium. I pride myself as a broadcaster who is
able to deliver in a language that every Nigerian
can identify with. I have bagged a number of
awards and they are a testament that I have put in
so much work and it is being loved and
appreciated by many. I’m thankful for the
opportunity to serve, and I’ll keep reinventing
myself.
What inspired your annual show, OgaMadamLive?
My show on radio is called OgaMadamOffice, so
the annual show is simply a hybrid of the
experiences on radio as well as other hilarious and
riveting elements. It has proven to a huge
success, year in year out and is currently in its
fifth year. If I was not doing it right, it wouldn’t
have grown in leaps and bounds. I have also held
two editions of the show in London, and the aim is
to push the Nigerian brand outside the shores of
this great country.
Are you satisfied with the number and quality of
female comedians in Nigeria?
Over 90 per cent of Nigerian comedians are male. I
am certain there are some female comedians who
are not as popular as Mandy, Princess, Lepacious
Bose, Helen Paul and Chigul who are established
acts. Trust me, the numbers might appear small,
but our impact on the comedy industry cannot be
denied. It will keep getting better because women
are becoming more emboldened, and like other
sectors, I see them taking up more key positions,
as it is happening in other sectors.
Do you think these comedians can compete
favourably with their male counterparts?
All we can do is to keep pushing. Everybody has
his or her own strengths. If we weren’t pushing
and making a mark, those names I mentioned
earlier wouldn’t come up at all. Of course, there is
always room for growth, which is normal in any
sphere of life irrespective of your gender. So it’s an
ongoing process.
Do you think Nigerian comedians are united?
Is unity the only criterion for success? Everybody
is pushing his or her boundaries individually. We all
have a good working relationship and that is what
is key. Comedy is individual, except when your
brand is tied to another person, that’s when you
work in a team. But, most brands are singular in
nature, but of course we are united in projecting
the comedy industry. We are the little parts that
make up the big picture, which is the Nigerian
comedy industry.
You recently called out your fellow comedian,
Princess, on Twitter. What were you particularly
unhappy about?
Sometimes, women have issues. At an event
which held this month, she caused me to feel
awkward. I felt slighted because her action was
unnecessary. I had to give vent to my anger
because I am human. Some of our colleagues
waded into the matter and I believe that our
differences will be sorted out. We’re human beings
and we are bound to hurt each other at some
point.But, we have to let it go and keep the ball
rolling.
Do you think there should be a form of quality
control in the type of jokes a comedian delivers?
How do you control the quality of an individual’s
creative content? Comedy is individualistic in
nature and the audience who is the recipient of the
joke, is the judge and in control. As long as they
find your jokes interesting, then you’re in business.
What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently on the set of Jenifa’s Diaries with
Funke Akindele. I am also working on my own TV
show, the Gudu Morning Naija show on Wazobia
TV; it is a breakfast magazine show that deals with
politics, news, entertainment and health. I’m also
working on a play, which will be staged later in the
year while the Lagos and London edition of
OgaMadamLive is currently in the works.
How would you describe your style?
My style has evolved. I am now a lot more
comfortable with my body and I am also a very
health-conscious individual. I’m more into dresses,
floral patterns, skirts, and I especially love Nigerian
designers. I currently work with the likes of LSC,
AT&T, ESOSA signature and Ovems to mention a
few. My styling team also works hard to ensure
that I look the part, so I’m thankful for that.
Have you ever committed a fashion blunder?
I once missed the memo to an event, so I arrived
at the venue looking overdressed. For an informal
event, I was decked in a super show-stopping
dress. I felt uncomfortable and I have since learnt
to always consider the nature of an event before I
come up with a choice of attire.

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