Daddy Freeze! Meet Ifedayo Olarinde, Nigeria’s Most Controversial, Yet Captivating On-Air Personality

You may not have heard the name Ifedayo Olarinde but you probably have heard Daddy Freeze. That’s his real name – Ifedayo Olarinde but you probably know him by his stage name – Daddy Freeze. This is one of the most popular On-Air Personalities (OAPs) in Nigeria. He could be described as the foremost anti-tithing campaigner in Nigeria, probably making him number one ‘enemy’ of a lot of preachers in the country. You may not know much about him except that he is against tithing. But Daddy Freeze is a bigger personality than just tithing or anti-tithing issues.

Who is Daddy Freeze?

Daddy Freeze was born in the 6th of May, 1976. He is a Nigerian broadcaster and radio talk show host, one of the most popular in the country. He was born in Cluj-Napoca, Romania to a Nigerian father and a Romanian mother. His father hails from Osun State. His mother’s name is Smaranda Olarinde. She hails from Transylvania, Romania.

Early life

Daddy Freeze spent most of his growing years in Ibadan, Oyo State. This was where he attended the prestigious International School Ibadan (ISI). He had his university education at the University of Ibadan where he bagged a degree in sociology.

Career

To Daddy Freeze, broadcasting is not just a job but a lifestyle, especially with over 20 years experience in the industry. His journey into the world of broadcasting began in Romania in 1996 when he went there for a break. He went with a cousin of his to a broadcasting station where he was privileged to host a kiddies’ programme which lasted for 3 months. This was when his passion for broadcasting grew and he began to seek how to further carve a career in this field.
Back in Nigeria, Daddy Freeze began his radio career in 1996 with the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), Ibadan. He later joined Cool FM in 2001 where he worked as one of the top radio presenters the station could boast of. He is also into general entertainment. He is a senior broadcaster at Cool FM Lagos.
He is also an event compere. Daddy Freeze has hosted a number of music concerts, comedy shows and Nollywood premieres in Nigeria, Ghana and the United Kingdom. He is among the most popular show hosts in the country.

Awards

Daddy Freeze is really good at what he does. He has been nominated for many awards and has won several of them. Among the awards he has won are Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards (2011), Most Popular Radio Presenter (2011), Mode Men Awards – Radio Personality of the Year (2012), Nigeria Entertainment Awards – Best Radio/TV Personality (2013), Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards – Favourite Nigerian On-Air Personality (2014).

Family

Daddy Freeze was married to Opeyemi Olarinde with whom he had two kids. The marriage crashed after series of controversies and frictions. He has since found another heartthrob. She is the founder and CEO of Dietachi Foods Nig. Ltd, Benedicta Elechi. They are presently together.

Anti-tithing Controversies and Free the Sheeple Movement 

Daddy Freeze’s popularity grew after he was featured on a viral YouTube video condemning churches and pastors that ask their members to pay tithe. He said it was not biblical. This drew attacks against him by several pastors and some of their members to the extent that one of them even threatened that Daddy Freeze would die if he continued his anti-tithe preaching. Daddy Freeze then formed a religious movement he called Free the Sheeple which he said was aimed at setting people free from the doctrine of tithing. The group is also about teaching what Daddy Freeze refers to as ‘the real truth’ about Christ Jesus while dealing with old Christian myths.

The controversial OAP saw the formation of Free the Sheeple group as a special calling. He sees himself as a founder of an online church. He even organized his ministerial outreach to London in 2018, which was another very controversial development. This was because the event held without him present so he said it was an example to those who usually spent billions of naira on private jet travelling across the world to preach, insisting that it could be done without travelling. Daddy Freeze has continued to grow in controversy till date especially with his Free the Sheeple doctrines.

 

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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