Exclusive! “I don’t want to depress myself by speaking about Soundcity” – Denrele speaks about his new job with Channel O

by Lanre Azeez

Erstwhile Soundcity Veejay and movie actor, Denrele Edun had a brief chat with YNaija. The Glo Naija Sing’s backstage host revealed how he hooked up with Africa’s leading music channel, Channel O for his  new gig.

What’s the new job?

Channel O is re-branding and so they have picked 5 new faces across Africa. They have Joey from Kenya, Jtwon from Ghana, Joe kate from Tanzania, Flavia from Uganda and [me] from Nigeria.

What will you be doing?

I’ll be in charge of all special events across Africa. Events like Felabration – I just returned from covering a major music concert in Tanzania. I’m mostly handling the MNet shows

Did you audition and how come its clashing with Naija sings?

I auditioned for it before I auditioned for Naija Sings.

When and how?

I was in Funmi Iyanda’s house on Children’s Day, hosting her special Children’s show and they wanted me that same day. It was very tight but I had to beg Funmi and so I left as soon as there was a chance.

I went for the auditions but didn’t hear from them; at that period, I was called-up for Glo Naija Sings audition which I was picked for.

Eventually, Channel O called me back and offered me the job and Sent me to South-Africa for training. There I got to spend a lot of time with Kabelo.

During our shoot, the Mac team came and from doing makeover for us they offered me some bill board jobs. I did a photo shoot with a photographer from Australia for the campaign. They will be up later in the year in South-Africa only.

Why do you think you got the job?

I had left that place I was working before. Eeerrrr, what’s the name of that place I used to work again….

They knew so they invited me because I assume they knew my capabilities. They called; I managed to get there, was tired and just did my thing. They had warned the MD of Channel O, Leslie about me. When I walked in, I saw about 15 panelists!! I was flustered and behaving like my usual self shouted “aaaaah, kiniiii” and they all laughed.

When and why did you leave Soundcity?

5 months ago; I don’t want to depress myself by speaking about it.

Were you afraid you will lose relevance when u left?

I was never afraid I was losing relevance when I left Soundcity. What is yours will always be yours. I was born to shine. I knew something big would come my way. How? I didn’t know. When? I didn’t know; but it was bound to happen.


Comments (3)

  1. I am happy for denrele, he is a hard worker and a personification of what TV presenting is all about. He exudes, warmth, youth, honesty and charisma.I admire him for being bold enough to do what he enjoys on his own terms.

  2. I'm happy for him. I spent some good time in the company of Denrele for the first time when he accompanied Karen to Abuja n dude turned out to be a a cool guy. He was Simple, friendly and seem to have a good heart. I wish him the best of luck in his new job.

  3. He is hard working sha

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