Imo State has an exciting media landscape with radio and television stations of impressive reckoning. Most of the on-air personalities (OAPs) in various media houses have become household names in the city because of the popularity of their programmes and a growing broadcast media audience in the state. Some of the OAPs stand out because of their unique qualities and presentation style. Here is a list of top 10 OAPs in Owerri Imo State.
11. Princessa Blessing Unegbu
Princessa Blessing Unegbu, Africa Ekwurekwu, as she is fondly called, is one of the most popular female OAPs in Owerri. The graduated of Imo State University, Owerri began her broadcast career as a presenter at Zanders FM before moving over to Hot 99.5 FM Owerri. She is loved by listeners who get excited by her jovial nature on air.
10. Esiri Grant – The Reach 104.9 FM
Esiri Grant, aka MC Ominimini, is one of the most vibrant OAPs in Owerri. The ace comedian who rose to prominence with his afternoon pigeon English phone-in programme at Zanders FM Radio before moving over to The Reach 104.9 FM Owerri. His programme, “Call with Ominimini”, is a unique one where listeners call in to apologize to their loved one in a special way. It airs 2-3pm, every week day. This programme has made Ominimini a household name especially among the youth in Owerri. He has very bright prospects in the broadcast industry with the way he is showing passion and dedication to his work.
9. Cosmos Chukwuemeka – Darling 107.3 FM
Cosmos Chukwuemeka is one of the most captivating sports programme presenters in Owerri. His presentation teqchniques excite the audience and make them enjoy listening to sports news. People who are not sports lovers definitely tune to Darling 107.3 FM Owerri to listen to Cosmos due to his audience-friendly and jovial presentation techniques that make sports stories sound very interesting. He is popularly known as “Cosmos the son of Chukwuemeka”, and the Puyaka Master. Cosmos is also called the sports evangelist. He Hosts Sports This Morning (7-7:30am), Sports Today (6-7pm) Weekdays & Total Football 6-7pm On Saturday. These are programmes that draw large number of audience members who stay engaged throughout the duration of the programmes due to the Sports Evangelist’s captivating presentation style.
8. Ujunwa Uzoma – Darling 107.3 FM
Ujunwa Laureta Uzoma, popularly known by her stage name, Radio Taata, is one of the most popular pidgin language radio presenters in Owerri. She is an OAP, pidgin news caster, program producer, and voice over artist. Ujunwa was born in Nduhu Duruewuru Amucha in Njaba local government area of Imo State. She had her primary education at Amucha Community Primary School and moved to Amucha Technical Secondary School for her Secondary Education. She studied Library and Information Science at Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri. Ujunwa’s passion broadcasting saw her moving to Darling 107.3 FM Owerri in 2017 to begin a career in broadcasting. She worked as an Igbo female co-host in the Igbo department for one year as “Nwaada Igbo” before joining the pidgin department. She is currently one of the station’s female pidgin language programme presenter and the most engaging female pidgin language programme OAP in Owerri. Her programmes run on Mondays 2pm-4pm, Thursdays 2pm-4pm and Fridays 2pm-4pm. She is one sexy sultry OAP that cannot be ignored for her beauty, style and poise. Ujunwa has exquisite on-air and off-air personalities that make her the delight of fans.
7. Sunny Idika – Darling 107.3 FM
Sunny Idika is another very popular OAP in Imo State whose presentation skills attract many listeners to his programmes. This talented presenter popularly known as Mazi Nnaamen, hails from Amuke Ohafia Abia State. Sunny started his career in broadcasting when he recorded a song for a TV programme at NTA Aba. Awed by his talent, he was introduced to cast Pidgin news for about Two Years. In his adventurous spirit he left for Port Harcourt where he met Wenigha Jackson, AKA Family man, and joined his programme ‘Man Must Wak. Sunny has received so many awards both as a presenter and a stand-up comedian. He is one of the OAPs making Darling 107.3 FM one of the hottest stations in Imo State.
6. Celestine Ugwuanyi
Celestine Ugwuanyi, AKA, Solid C, is one of the most eclectic OAPs in Owerri with unwavering passion for his job. The soft spoken broadcaster is one of the best hands at Hot 99.5 FM where he is the station manager. Celestine is very popular in Imo State especially as the Anchor of a popular current affairs programme, Peoples Assembly, which airs from 8am to 9am every week day. He is an experienced hand in the business who knows how to adopt engaging and interactive presentation skills to keep the audiences glued to their radio sets whenever his programme is on.
5. Joyce Unegbu – Orient 94.4 FM
At number one is Joyce Unegbu. She is a steady & committed presenter of IBC Orient Fm and Tv stations. She’s from Mbaise. She’s the Director of Programmes in Orient Fm/Tv. Joyce is a household name in Imo state, especially among broadcast media audience. The programmes she anchor’s are ‘Reach Out’ which starts by 3:05 pm on Tuesdays, Talking Politics – Thursdays at 12:05 pm, Anniversary Hub – Saturday at 11 am, Take a Chance – Mondays at 3:05 pm, and Hello Ladies – Fridays at 3:05 pm. She studied communication arts at the University of Ibadan. She’s devoted to her work.
4. Solomon Onu – Hot 99.5 FM
Solomon Onu who is popularly known as Solo Mourinho is an active sports presenter in Hot Fm Owerri. He is from Ikeduru LGA in Imo state. He is dedicated to his sports programme which comes up on Mondays through Fridays at hours of 7:30am – 8am & 5:30pm – 6pm, then on Saturdays at 7:30am – 8:30am. He debateson sports activities and commentaries in order to reach his target audience. Solo Mourinho is easily the best sports presenter in the state and one of the best in the southeast zone. The intensity of his presentation style, passion for his job and vast knowledge of developing issues in the sports arena make him unique.
3. Jude Ajaero – Heartland 100.5 FM
Jude Ajaero is a veteran broadcast with Heartland FM Owerri. Popularly known by his stage name, Man of the Moment, Jude is a household name in Imo State whose captivating presentation skills endeared him to the heart of many listeners. He is one of the best hands in Radio Nigeria (Heartland FM) Owerri and his presence contributes immensely in lifting the rating of that station in the fiercely competitive broadcast media landscape in Imo State.
2. Zandas Okeke Darling 107.3 FM
Zandas Okeke is one of the most experienced OAPs in the entire South Eastern geopolitical zone of Nigeria. This veteran broadcaster has put in over 20 years on the job as a radio broadcaster. He has particular expertise in politics, Election Reporting, government and political communication, new media, ethics and more recently on developmental issues. His impressive performance on the job has seen him rise to various positions, as Programme Manager, News Manager, and Station Manager. Along the line in his illustrious career, Zandas has carried out major Interviews with big wigs in the society among which are former Presidents of Ghana, Jerry Rowlings and John Kufuor, Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and Afro beat maestro Fela Anikulapo Kuti. He has also interviewed numerous state governors, political leaders, captains of industries and heads of various organizations.
Zandas has also been honoured for his distinguishing performances. Among the honours and awards are Peace Ambassadors Radio Personality of the Year 2015 (for outstanding Broadcast of Programs etc.), Nigeria Union of Journalists Award as Radio Reporter of the year 2012 (for reporting Water Scarcity in Kpegi Community), and BBC Media Action bursary award for 2011 election coverage. His vast experience in the industry is an asset to Darling 107.3 FM Owerri where he works. When not focusing on his work, Zandas loves reading books and meeting new friends, traveling & listening to good music. He is an inspiration to many young Nigerians who wish to pursue a career in broadcasting.
1. Chinonso Uba Ozisa 96.1 FM, Owerri
Chinonso Uba popularly known by his stage name, Nonsonkwa, is a native of Umunoha in Mbaitoli LGA of Imo state, South East Nigeria. A graduate of Imo state University, Chinonso is a musician, actor and scriptwriter who has four highlife albums and more than 15 nollywood movies to his credit. He is a corporate Master of Ceremony with over a decade experience in both local and international events. Chinonso is a radio broadcaster whose specialty in Igbo language stands him out among equals in the south east of Nigeria. He has won many awards which include The Best Igbo Presenter Award 2014. Chinonso is a free thinking entity, liberal minded, jovial and accommodating personality.