Show hosts making waves
2022 was undoubtedly an eventful year in the entertainment industry. 2023 has also been off to a great start, with a lot excepted to happen as the months go by. It goes without saying that there are a number of TV shows that keep viewers entertained and informed all year round. Saturday Beats takes a look at some of the show hosts who are the darlings of many
Ebuka Obi-Uchendu is, without a doubt, one of the most popular media personalities in the country. In 2022, he headlined Africa’s biggest reality TV show, Big Brother Naija. He also hosted several episodes of TV shows, ‘Rubbin’ Minds’ and ‘Judging Matters’.
He first came into public consciousness after participating in the first season of Big Brother Nigeria in 2006. Since then, he has continued to advance in his career, also winning many fans with his impeccable dress sense and suave way of presenting.
Ebuka has hosted BBNaija for the past six seasons since its return in 2017. He is also the co-host of the ongoing Big Brother Titans, which features both Nigerians and South Africans. His co-host, Lawrence Maleke, is a South African.
Ikponmwosa Osakioduwa, aka IK, is one media personality that has been making waves for over a decade. The former on air presenter started his career on Rhythm FM but quickly moved on to television. However, it was hosting Big Brother Africa that cemented his status as a household name.
After hosting Big Brother Africa for six consecutive years, he went on to host shows such as the ‘Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria’ pageant for five consecutive years. He also hosted ‘Rhythm Unplugged’ and ‘Comedy Club: Live in Lagos’ for four years; while he hosted ‘The Voice Nigeria’ for two years.
Meanwhile, he has been the host of the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards for the past seven years. IK also appeared on screens as the host of the music competition, ‘Nigerian Idol’ for the second year in 2022.
Ifeanyichukwu Daniels, aka Hero Daniels, believes in his talent and ability to crack up a room. For years, he consistently put out content via social media. With each content published, he garnered more fans and took on several small hosting gigs.
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, he produced and hosted the ‘Isolation Games’, an online game show which engaged people during those trying times. It featured guests and viewers from over five continents. It was perhaps his audition to be the first host for Africa Magic’s ‘Come Play Naija’.
Oladotun Ojuolape, aka Do2Dtun is a multimedia personality, video jockey, hypeman, events compere, and entertainment entrepreneur.
When he first joined the music event, ‘Industry Night’ in 2009, he wanted hypemen to become the ‘life of the party’. When he travelled with ‘Star Trek’ in 2016, he became the first major ‘hypeman’ to be paid independently to anchor a major show.
For the past three years, he has successfully hosted one of the biggest party shows in Africa, ‘Turn Up Friday’ on Africa Magic. He returned this year for yet another successful season, bringing his signature energy to keep viewers engaged for hours every Friday night.
Another BBN housemate, Bisola Aiyeola, had her first taste of reality shows in 2008, when she contested the music competition, Project Fame. However, it was her time on Big Brother Naija in 2017 that established her as a household name.
The multi-talented mother of one has also continued to grow her skills, which is evident in her hosting the Africa Magic dating show, ‘Shoot Your Shot’, in November 2020. She is also a host on the ‘Family Feud Nigeria’ game show.