‘RealTalkWithKike’ is a no-holds-barred television show where experts share their opinions on burning issues around the world as a way of enlightening the viewers and proffering solutions.
The hosts are four brilliant personalities from different backgrounds, ideas and experiences, debating and reacting to the most trending matters in politics, health, family and relationship, business, in a real and earthy manner.
Created and anchor by Kikelomo Atanda-Owo, featuring Damilola Banire, Efo – and a gentleman, Marshall Anthoni Ononye as co-hosts. The one-hour show will be airing on Silverbird television stations every Tuesdays and Thursdays. Viewers will also be rewarded with giveaways beginning this month.
The team spoke on their career, passion as well as life experiences.
KIKELOMO ATANDA OWO: ‘The vision is to deliver expert journalism’
From being the head of entertainment desk at Silverbird Television in 2006 to transpose as a Managing Director of Z-Edge Limited, Kikelomo Atanda Owo has a vast experience in Marketing, Advertising, Communications, and Public Relations among other skills. Kike speaks on her broadcasting journey and the mission of her new project.
Tell us about your talk show?
‘Real Talk With Kike’ is a fresh concept of a talk show that is set to influence and change institutions. The show will be airing on Silverbird Television and it a franchise from the corporate body of Z-Edge Consulting Limited which I am currently the Managing Consultant.
The show is an extension of my radio live program but the difference is that I decided to hold other sisters/brother’s hands to fly together. It will also be inviting other stakeholders of institutions, decision-makers of relevant industries and government principal officers to address and proffer solutions to burning local and international issues that affect Nigerians.
As a Chief Host of the show, I will be joining my co-hosts including popular OAP and comedian Omotunde Adebowale-David aka Lolo 1, Damilola Banire, Efo and Marshall Anthoni Ononye to discuss at a robust level on various these topical issues. The vision is to deliver expert journalism at world-class hierarchy while leveraging on the mission of working professionally in the field of journalism.
Tell us the idea behind your transition as a radio presenter to TV host?
The cradle of my media career started from Television 18 years ago, hence TV is not new to me. In fact, the initial idea was to be on TV right from the start. Then, Radio was new to me but my girlfriend Bimbola convinced me to start from the radio.
However, I liked the training as it is more rigorous than TV, in terms of the conviction you give the audience as we know that voice training and communication are integral aspects of radio. RealTalkWithKike on TV has my name and it is a legacy for me. My team and I are consistently working assiduously to be at top-notch delivery capacity.
Tell us some of the challenges. Do you feel like quitting at any point?
Yes, a number of times. Sometimes, when challenges are overwhelming, I feel like quitting. Challenges in arrange have been the most overwhelming for me. I don’t succumb to business and career pressure but when it comes to another human being that induces pressure on me and I find it incorrigible, I tend to quit or shutdown. When my marriages zapped all my energy and became too much too handle, I had to quit and exit the marriage. I think I have the same attitude for friendship too.
For ‘RealTalkWithKike’ on Television, a few challenges came before the transition just like relocation of homes, relocation of offices, fraud experience, the decision to step down from a well-paid appointment was tough, new schools for my three kids, divorce etc all happening back-to-back but they were all surmountable. When I remembered the drive and the vision, I realize they are necessary to pivot me to my destination and success.
What are you looking forward to in the next few years?
I’m hoping to own a TV/Radio station in the next few years while my company Zedge will have grown to global recognition. I also crave to have a foundation for widowers and single mother’s that will be a legacy where I get to impact the community and of course less-privileged in the society.
DAMILOLA BANIRE: ‘I’m a blunt Radio Girl’
Damilola Banire is well-known as a radio/TV personality only a few recognized her as a Film Director, MC and Event Organiser. Damilola is a director of one of the most-watched TV series, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Kogbere’ which is currently showing on African Magic Yoruba. As a Lagosian, she opened up for broadcasting, director and her extroverted lifestyle.
Is this the first time you would be featuring on a TV live programme?
Yes, I’ve been a co-host before, though, it wasn’t really popular because it was an online platform. But, for terrestrial TV, I would say it is my first time in my 10 years in broadcasting and I think it is amazing.
I remember when I got the call from Kike to audition me on the phone and later called to say ‘Dammy, congratulations. You just got that slot’. I was like ‘wow!’… This is my show because it’s not only about Kike but the team.
I’m really excited because the show will be as real as possible. When I’m on my radio show I referred to myself as ‘A Blunt Radio Girl’, so coming on the ‘Real Talk With Kike’ she gave me that title because she realized that I’m a blunt person after our conversations.
Don’t you think facing camera might dull your bluntness?
Well, I started from TV in 2011 to 2016 but I later decided to take a break from television by opting for radio programmes. So, television is just like my second baby and coming back on TV my fans should expect undiluted ‘madness’ (she smiles).
Any plans to delve into acting.
I began my broadcasting from acting in 2011. In fact, my first time ever on TV was when I was a co-producer of a film series. I also worked as a presenter alongside popular Yoruba actor, Lateef Adedimeji in Orisun TV.
Though, I’ve directed about three movie projects. One is currently showing on African Magic titled, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Kogbere’ which I have been directing since 2017, but I discovered that I love broadcasting more than acting. Broadcasting is more intellectual, fascinating and engaging.
Are you fulfilling as a broadcaster?
Yes, I am living my dream as a broadcaster and I’m proud of my profession. Broadcasting has been able to expose me to reading, speaking and relate with influential people. Its been a decade in the broadcasting industry and I feel fulfilled.
What should Nigerians expect from the RealTalkWithKike?
Viewers should expect the knife of bluntness as I’m going to be sharpening all edges because there are a lot of stones left unturned in Nigeria which many of my colleagues are shying away from, maybe, due to their personal sentiment or they’ve been paid.
MARSHALL ANTHONI ONONYE: ‘It’s all about Facts and Figures for me’
Call him Mr. Facts and Figures. Marshall Anthoni Ononye is a Serial Entrepreneur and Broadcast Journalist with over 22 years of experience. He is one of the co-hosts of ‘RealTalkWIthKike’ where he will be airing his rugged political opinion to delight viewers.
What makes RealTalkWIthKike different from other shows?
The personality of Kike will make the show unique from others. She is an embodiment of diversity and harmony. She is not a one-side opinionated kind of person and she is open to divergent views, even in culture, religion, social and political alignment. You won’t find someone like Kike losing out in major things that she does. She is very neutral, openness and accommodating.
And we have other amazing and down-to-earth co-hosts as well.
What should Nigerians expect from the show?
The world should expect facts, arguments and debates – never are we going to fight. They should expect divergent views on national burning issues as we discussion with experts, stakeholders and captain of the industries, to tell viewers want they need to know or hear.
What unique qualities are you bringing on the screen?
Rugged political opinion. For my major years of broadcasting, I have been into news and current affairs and I’ve learnt so much in the political space of Nigeria. Viewers shouldn’t expect anything less than bringing my one-cent on issues that might not be too political but yearning my view from political and current affairs angels – be it, social, domestic, family-oriented issues.
LOLO: ‘Why I keep reinvent myself’
Though she rebuffed the term ‘jack of all trades’ but the word defines her. Omotunde Adebowale-David, aka Lolo is a renowned Broadcaster, Actress, MC and Comedienne. Lolo speaks about her life as a broadcaster and inspiration.
What fascinated you about broadcasting?
I love broadcasting. I’m a Lawyer by training but broadcasting helps you to express yourself and that’s the blessing and privilege I have enjoyed over the years. I worked in Pigin Broadcasting which, as at that time, a lot of people didn’t believe we can survive the programme but to God be glory today, people sees us as a pioneer.
You seems to be a jack of all trades?
No. I consider me as an ‘art form’. If you love a job or profession, you will find it easy and you’ll be able to multi-task with no stress that is what I do. I only set priority in everything I do.
So which of these arts is more rewarding?
Everything put food on my table… It depends on the food (smile). If I am speaking as an MC, I’m earning. When I am acting or singing, I’m earning. If I am doing stand-up comedy, I’m earning.
Are you in competition with anyone especially the younger ones?
I am not. I’m staying on my line. There’s nothing wrong with people coming because I always try to reinvent myself every day. I have noticed that if you want stay relevant, you have to constantly reinvent yourself. So, there is no competition at all because it is when you think you are competing that there is a race as for me I am not running after anybody.
What inspires you?
My inspiration comes from God because it is when you are alive that can aspire. Generally, people inspire me as there’s no human being that doesn’t have a unique story.
What your definition of love?
Love is God. Love is what makes the world centred and every human being should be able to love. It is so sad that lust is what a lot of people defined as love.
EFO: ‘Life should be flexible’
Soft-spoken Efo who is a Customer Service expert promised to wow Nigerians with her real and honest opinion to solve global issues.
What is the viewers’ expectation from the talk show?
RealTalkWithKike will breathe fresh air because our team is filled with matured minds, coming from different angles and we are going to be real with our conversations. There’ll be no hang-ups – we are going to be addressing issues as they come – the way we perceive the issues – to be from our angles and synergize at the end of the day.
Sometimes, being a co-host can be stressful, how do you intend to cope with the pressure?
I am a spiritual person and I believe in God so I can do anything through Christ. Besides, the media has always been my passion from when I was very young but now I am coming back to what my passion was original.
Is this the first time you feature on a TV show?
It is my first time of being on TV. So, Nigerians should expect somebody who trash issues, frankly. You don’t necessarily have to buy it but at least you hear where I am coming from and they’ll be able to place me somewhere. Moreover, I believe there should be flexibility because life should be flexible so I don’t want to be box up in a corner.