Ibadan, capital of Oyo State, Nigeria, is among the cities with the most competitive and sophisticated broadcast media landscapes in the country. The impressive nature of electronic media houses is not unconnected to the exceptional performance of On-Air Personalities (OAPs) in these organizations thrilling the audience with interesting programmes and captivating presentation techniques. Some of these OAPs in Ibadan have become household names among the audience, distinguishing themselves from their colleagues in the industry. Only very few, very hot presenters can standout in a fiercely competitive broadcast media landscape as exists in Ibadan. Here’s a list of top 15 hottest OAPs in Ibadan compiled in no particular order.
15. Kola Oladapo
Kola Oladapo is one of the best indigenous newscasters in Southern Nigeria. Widely known as Mr. Nice Guy by radio listeners in Ibadan, Kola is one of the best hands in Lagelu FM 96.7. He hosts a current affairs programme, ‘Ela Loro’ every Saturday. Every Wednesdays morning, Mr. Nice Guy moves into the upper-class position of the grand duke of broadcasting in Ibadan as many listeners would change their dial from other radio stations to listen to His Royal Radio Highness on Lagelu FM 96.7 where he reviews national newspapers on his programme, ‘Edoki’. Kola is the male voice on the popular ‘GbudugbeIroyin’ programme on Lagelu FM. His local language programme presentation style continues to increase his fan base within and beyond Oyo State.
15. Telojo Emina
Telojo Emina, is among the On Air Personalities that make Beat 97.9 FM very popular in Ibadan and beyond. Popularly called Tee Jay, this gorgeous personality hails from Delta State but she was born and bred in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria. The English graduate of the University of Benin had wanted to study Mass Communication owing to her childhood dream of becoming a broadcaster but as fate would have it, she is presently fulfilling that dream as a radio presenter in Ibadan where she works at the Beat 97.9 FM. Her shows, ‘The Night Time Show’ with Tee Jay on Mondays to Thursdays, and ‘The Drive Time Show’ every Friday are two of the best radio programmes with the large following. Telojo who also works with ScoopNaija to interview iconic and respected celebrities, has continued to grow her fan base beyond Ibadan as she is presently making waves on air, online, and everywhere else. Tee Jay is one of the hottest OAPs in Ibadan. Her unique voice keeps listeners glued to their sets whenever she’s on air.
14. Oluwatosin Adeniyi
Oluwatosin Adeniyi, popularly known as Heisha, graduated from the department of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan. Heisha joined the University of Ibadan community radio, Diamond FM, and she grew to become one of the favourite presenters of the station. While doing her NYSC in Kwara State, Oluwatosin excelled at UNILORIN 89.3FM where she anchored the state’s NYSC broadcast programme. She became one of the most heard voices on radio and this development eventually earned her the opportunity to serve as a media aide to the Kwara State Commissioner for Information and Communications. Oluwatosin is presently with R2FM, Ibadan where she co-hosts ‘R2 Lunch Show’ every weekday from 11am to 4pm. Her programme is well listened to, making her a household name in Ibadan.
13. Andrea Odu-Obi
Andrea Oduobi is charming On Air Personality, actor, voice actor, public speaker, and girl child’s rights activist. She is an African Culture enthusiast among other passions. A graduate of International Relations from Espam Formation University Cotonu Republic of Benin, Andre as she is fondly called, has worked with Osun state Broadcasting Corporation, Star Fm Ibadan, Petals Fm Ibadan, r2fm 92.9. She also worked with 32FM 94.9 Ibadan, from December 2017 to March 2019, where she hosted an inspiration programme, ‘Moonlight’. She presently works as a voice actor at Aleben Communication Limited.
Andre is versatile. She has anchored several major events, managed Product activation for some blue chips including power oil mother’s day event and many others, As a voice actor she has done voice overs for some media outfits and other establishments such as Qatar airways, Gti investment bank, MTN amongst others. As a model she has represented several fashion brands for look books and has also starred in TV commercials for top brands. She is also the pioneer of the radio show Andre and the girls a show that discuses topical issues surrounding the female folk while giving young aspiring female broadcasters an opportunity for expression. Andre is an inspirational OAP who is a role model to many young ladies in Nigeria.
12. Rolake Bello
Rolake Bello is one of the best hands in Fresh FM, Ibadan. She has a lively, peachy, and infectiously soothing voice which captivates her audience and keeps them glued to their radio sets whenever her programme is on. Rolake was once honoured with the Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards as the most Outstanding Radio Programme Presenter. She is really good at this job. This hot OAP is so charming on air that she is regarded as the Duchess of radio in Ibadan. Rolake is a household name in Oyo State and beyond. Her show ‘Drive Time’ is well listened to and she also has an exquisite off-air personality that makes her popular among many radio listeners and fans. She also hosts concerts and some entertainment events in Ibadan whenever she is off air. Rolake is one of the hottest OAPs in Ibadan.
11. Obadare Oladosu
Obadare Oladosu is among the most popular sprts presenters in Ibadan. He is one of the most followed On Air Personalities in the city. Popularly known as Oba Sports (Oba gbogbo won), Obadare presents sports news in Yoruba Language and owing to the fact that majority of his fans love the reverberation of his presentation, the humorous but sometimes exaggerated style of disseminating accurate sports news and his adroit ability to give the audience the gist they want to hear as it relates to the latest happenings in the sporting world, sports lovers within and outside Ibadan always stay glued to their radio to listen to his programme. Before joining Naija FM, Ibadan, Obadare had worked with Paramount FM, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Diamond FM, Ibadan; Ray Power FM, Ibadan, and Inspiration FM, Ibadan. Obadare’s captivating presentation style is increasing the audience base of sports programmes on Naija FM.
10. Folakemi Arowolo
Folakemi Arowolo graduated from the department of Mass Communication and Media Technology graduate, Lead City University, Ibadan. She was a secondary school teacher in Ibadan before joining Naija FM, Ibadan. She then grew to become a radio goddess largely respected by her fans and peers in the media industry. Folakemi’s exceptional presentation styles captivates her listeners and keeps them glued to their radio sets anytime she is on air. Popularly called Folakemi Mighty, this gorgeous-looking OAP is also an event compere and planner. She is among the hottest female OAPs in Ibadan.
9. Collins Ezima Teke
Collins Teke is among the most versatile OAPs in the entire Southern Nigeria. Fondly known as Black the Microphone Heavyweight, Collins is and award winning OAP, Broadcast journalist, and a voice-over artiste of great reckoning. This charming young man is fluent in several languages including French and English. He received several notable media awards and commendations including 2 times ‘FRCN Ibadan National Station 2012, Best Presenter/Announcer Award’ and ‘Most Resourceful Staff of the year 2013’. Collins joined Inspiration Fm 100.5 Ibadan as an OAP in 2015 and anchored the Lunch Time, a popular programme among radio listeners in Ibadan and beyond, T.I.S at 2pm, public enlightenment programmes like Insight and Opinion, among several Others. Collins is also an inspirational personality who is very famous among young listeners in Ibadan.
8. Demola Adediji
Demola Adediji is an amazing personality. He is not just ground in radio programme presentation but also has gifted in music blogging. Fondly known as Demosha the god on radio, Demola is a 2008 graduate of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun State where he bagged a Bachelor’s degree in Botany. He started his media career when he joined Sporting Champion as freelance writer. He also wrote different articles for a political magazine, The Politico, which focuses on socio-political, economic, and developmental issues. Demola Adediji was privileged to have presented some Sports Shows on Star FM, UNILAG FM, Wazobia FM, Lagos and Naija FM Lagos. Presently with Naija FM, Demola Adediji has the ability to engage his audience through exceptional presentation techniques. This gifted OAP came up with a music sharing blog, 234tunes, which he conceived to
document his knowledge of the music industry while also providing an avenue
for music lovers to get songs of their favourite
artistes and news about them on the go. His daily radio show “Morning Runs” which airs from 6am-11am is like a morning tonic to many listeners in Ibadan and beyond. Demola has an infectiously exquisite personality on-air and off-air and this makes radio listeners feel him as a god-on-air. He is truly one of the hottest OAPs in Ibadan.
7. Oluwafemi Alliu
Oluwafemi Alliu, is among the best hands in the broadcast media landscape in Ibadan, especially due to his distinguishing presentation style that makes him one of the top sports presenters in the country. Popularly known as Femi Germann, Oluwafemi joined Naija FM 102.7 in 2012 and has grown to become an OAP to reckon with both in and outside the ancient city of Ibadan. He has presented, produced, and analysed sports related shows on some of the biggest electronic media in Nigeria which include but not limited to Radio Continental 102.3 FM, City 105.1 FM, Star 101.5 FM, Naija FM 102.7, Cool 96.9 FM, Hi TV, and Classic 97.3 FM. Oluwafemi’s enthusiastic, energetic, and positive spirit are features that mark him out among other OAPs in Ibadan. He also has an impressive ability to paint pictures with words, making his listeners have a ‘visual impression’ of what he says on radio. The Lagos-born broadcaster knows how to captivate and engage his audience with latest gist, news and trends which keep them glued to their radio set while he is on air. Oluwafemi is indeed among the hottest OAPs in Ibadan.
6. Josephine Odion Amiegbe
Josephine Odion Amiegbe works with Beat FM Ibadan. She was born and bred in Lagos State though her parents are from Edo State. This popular OAP joined Beat FM in 2015. The graduate University of Benin with B.Sc. Sociology and Anthropology has immeasurable passion for broadcasting which she followed and today, has become one of the hottest OAPs in Ibadan. Josephine began her career in broadcasting in 2012 when she got an appointment with Raypower, Benin City where she hosted and presented different radio programmes.
She is now with Beat FM, where she co-hosts ‘Morning Rush’ with Wale Ozolua. Josephine’s voice was described as “one of the sweetest and smoothest you can hear on radio.” This is why listeners remain glued to their radio sets while she is on air. Her ability to use the English language clearly and effectively is one of Josephine’s strongest points, which makes it very easy for her to communicate with her audience in flowing and eloquent manner. Josephine is a household name among radio listeners in Oyo State and beyond.
5. Mayor Isaac Brown
Mayor Isaac Brown works with Fresh FM, Ibadan. The Mayor, as he is fondly called, anchors two programmes on Fresh FM as an independent broadcaster. They are Political Circuit, Saturdays and Crossfire, Sundays. Before his latest move, Isaac Brown has been on Impact Business Radio (IBR), Star FM and MiTV, all in Ibadan. For many years, he anchored several TV and beauty shows, including the popular Gotham City on Galaxy TV. The Mayor is one of the most popular OAPs in Ibadan.
4. Wale Ozolua
Wale Ozolua is one of the very few OAPs that inspire a lot of younger people in Ibadan, especially making them wish to become broadcasters. Wale is one of the hottest OAPs in Ibadan you should listen to his programme. Probably that’s a major way to know that this guy who is one of the best hands at Beat 97.9 FM is truly exceptional. He co-hosts ‘Morning Rush’ on Mondays to Fridays from 6AM to 11AM and on Sundays from 6AM to 12PM at Beat FM. Wale was born and bred in Surulere/Mushin area of Lagos State where he spent most of his times while growing up as a child. After graduating from Abia State University where he bagged his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Wale also went ahead to bag his Masters degree even while paying attention to his job. He is known both on radio and on the Ibadan entertainment scene. Wale’s impressive performance in his work place got him promoted in June, 2016 to Director of Programmes at Beat 97.9FM, Ibadan. Wale is also a media influencer and social media enthusiast. He is also famous in the entertainment industry, having pulled the biggest stunts on different stages, concerts, and shows, including being part of the planning of major shows and entertainment events held in Ibadan. Wale is an OAP who has an exquisite on-air and off-air personality.
3. Yemi Sonde
Yemi Sonde is a veteran broadcaster of about three decades in the industry. He anchors a popular programme on Splash FM called YS Live. This is a magazine show that treats different issues from current affairs, personality interviews, between 10am to 12 noon. Years back, he used to handle Miliki Express on BCOS for 22 years usually between 8pm to 9pm. He also once handled Ema Bubble on BCOS from 8pm to 9pm. He started in 1989 at the age of 29. Yemi first had his programme on OGBC before he moved to BCOS many years back where he spent 22 years presenting programmes, according to Citypeople online. He studied Forestry at the University of Ibadan after which he moved to Broadcasting where his passion was. Yemi is well read with two Masters degrees, including a Professional Basic Certificate in Production from Radio Nigeria Training School. He is in partnership with the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission Forum. He is the only independent producer that NBC has partnered with. He believes in building human capacity. Yemi who is the MD/CEO of YES ltd is said to be about to open his own radio station in Ibadan soon. He intends to utilize his wealth of experience in making his own organization one of the best in Nigeria.
2. Ronke Giwa-Onafuwa
Ronke Giwa-Onafuwa, is another very popular OAP in Ibadan. She is an English graduate of the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos and alumna of the London Centre of Contemporary Music (LCCM), United Kingdom, where she studied Music Performance and Production. After her study abroad, Ronke returned to Nigeria and did her mandatory National Youth Service Corpse (NYSC) programme at Splash FM where she grew under the tutelage of Edmund Obilo who gave her 5 minutes session on his programme. Today, Ronke Giwa-Onafuwa is a multiple award-winning radio personality based in Ibadan and works at the first private radio station in the city, Splash 105.5 FM. She is gradually breaking the norms in the Nigeria media industry as she had won some national honours such as NBMA Most Popular OAP Awards (2015) and TUSH Awards OAP of the Year (2016). Ronnie G as she is known by her fans, is a motivational speaker, and voice over artiste. Ronke is an inspiration to many of her fans in Ibadan and beyond. She is among the hottest OAPs in Ibadan you should listen to their programmes.
1. Edmund Obilo
Edmund Obilo is among the most educated OAPs in Nigeria. He has a Bachelor of Engineering (BEg.) degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree (First Class) in International Relations, Post-Graduate Diploma in Theatre Arts, Master’s degree in Communication and Language Arts and a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Political Science. Edmund who hails from Imo State, attended and participated in the 2014 Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany in 2014, and he was one of the journalists that covered the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York in 2015. He has depth and remarkable pedigree when it has to do with broadcasting in Nigeria. This veteran broadcaster began his radio career as a freelance reporter at the Ibadan network station of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN. He joined a private radio station, Splash 105.5FM in 2007 as a sports presenter and later the producer and presenter of Bull’s Eye, Economic Searchlight, Village Square, Eagle’s Eye, and Voices.
Edmund’s political programme on Splash FM is noted for its investigative and revealing contents which has even exposed corruption cases in the state. He left Splash FM following the controversies that trailed a particular edition of his programme and joined Inspiration FM in 2016. He then formed his own brand, Bilficom Media, in 2016 and made more impact in the radio world with more captivating programmes airing in Lagos, Ibadan, Osun, and online. Edmund’s focus on achieving good governance in Nigeria is influencing his life as a broadcaster with more daring programmes that put leaders in every part of the society on their toes. He returned to Splash FM in 2018 and went back on air with his ‘hot’ programme, State Affairs, which did not take time to record a high audience base. Edmund who is a well traveled journalist with exceptional passion for the profession is among the OAPs that built the Splash FM Radio brand in Nigeria. He is indeed, the hottest OAP in Ibadan.
(This list was partly based on an elaborate analysis done by Inside Oyo on OAPs in Ibadan)