#YNaijaMedia100: Ebuka, Funke Akindele, Erica, Ikorodu Bois | See 100 Most Influential People in Media


Jola Ayeye and Feyikemi Abudu (ISWIS): Jola Ayeye is one half of the dynamic duo, responsible for creating one of Nigeria’s most influential and streamed podcasts; I said what I said. Looking at Jola Ayeye’s career history, it becomes very easy to classify her simply as a highly accomplished individual. Besides the podcast which she hosts, she also runs her own creative agency:245 Creative Agency. She is one of the founding members of the popular online movement; The Feminist coalition, and she is head of development at the entertainment company; Salt and Truth.  She is a culture enthusiast, with an interest in anything ranging from contemporary African art, pop culture, film, and music. She is also a writer and storyteller and ISWIS gains from her storytelling experience. Prior to working with Truth and Salt, she had worked for Axa Mansard and Zikoko. Feyikemi Abudu makes up the other half of the brilliant and insightful podcast team of ISWIS. Much like her partner on the mic, she too is a highly ambitious and accomplished individual. She has worked with big-name brands like Cadbury, Ghana International Bank and She Leads Africa. Nowadays, she runs her own business development consultancy: Caya House.

Oluwamayowa Idowu (Culture Custodian): Oluwamayowa Idowu is the founder and editor in chief of Culture Custodian, a platform that has birthed a number of influential and engaging podcast series. Among these podcasts is the well-followed Submarine and a Roach. Asides the podcasts under his platform, The Culture Custodian also covers everything from sports to film, to reality TV to music. It is a haven of current TV events for young Africans, and an aesthetically hip platform, created to pander to the ever-evolving taste of millennials and Gen Z.

Ehiz Okoeguale (The Dadaboy Show): Popularly known as the Dada boy, for his lush and signature dreadlocks, it’s hard to picture a major music event in Nigeria without picturing this TV presenter in it. He has been the heart and soul of numerous MTV Africa programs and has since gone ahead to etch his name into the very fabric of the Nigerian music industry. His interviews with popular music artists, analysis of the music industry and presentation of the top songs in the country at any given time have been pivotal in bridging the gap between the big-name musicians in Africa and their fans. A few months ago, he decided to launch his own podcast: The Dadaboy show, where he invites celebrity guests for an exclusive interview. So far, big-name players like Comedian Basketmouth, and musicians Wurld and Phyno have been featured on the podcast. 

Gbemi Olateru Olagbegi and Tolu Oniru (Off Air with Gbemi and Toolz): Gbemi Olateru Olagbegi popularly known as Gbemi O.O and Tolu Oniru simply known as Toolz are the charismatic team that anchor one of Nigeria’s most-streamed podcasts, Off Air with Gbemi and Toolz, perhaps a play on words on the fact that both of them are On-Air Personalities. Prior to launching their podcast, both ladies were already highly accomplished and well-known media personalities. Toolz is an OAP and TV host who, over her illustrious career, has worked with MTV, Walt Disney, the Beat 99 FM and more. Today, she is Programme Director for Beat FM. Gbemi on the other hand is an OAP, entrepreneur and actress who has featured in projects like Our Best Friend’s Wedding, and Heaven Baby, etc. As an entrepreneur, she runs her own shoe line called Gbemisoke Shoes. Together these powerhouses combine to present a podcast that covers everything from trending Entertainment, to Lifestyle, to Fashion and Juicy gossip. 


Dele Momodu: One of the country’s most renowned journalists, Dele Momodu has become a name synonymous with hard-hitting journalism in Nigeria. He is the Founder and CEO of Ovation Media Group, a media platform that he founded right after his exile from the country by former President Sani Abacha. The core of the platform as presently constructed is rooted in celebrating Africans. He is also a writer who writes a weekly column called PENdulum, published every Saturday on the back page of This Day Newspaper. Inspired to help change the narrative in Nigeria, Dele Momodu once ran for President of the country.

Segun Adeniyi: He is a Journalist, published author and a former Presidential Spokesman to the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. His journalism centres around anything from lifestyle to current affairs, to politics. He is a columnist and current chair of the editorial board for This Day Newspaper. Prior to moving in with This Day, he had gained some experience working with the Guardian Newspaper and African Concord magazine. He has authored a number of books most of which speaks about the democratic and dictatorial history of Nigeria, including The Last 100 Days of Abacha, Abiola’s Travails, and POLITRICKS: National Assembly under Military Dictatorship.

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