I am set to change the face of entertainment in Ibadan!- Radio Queen, Temitope Alabi
Temitope Alabi is an on air personality with Star FM and is popularly known as Radio Queen. In this interview with ROTIMI IGE (of Tribune), she talks about her passion for radio presentation, among other things.
Go Girl! Our Eagle Eyes are on ya, cos we wanna see you grow!
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Temitope Alabi (Radio Queen) is an indigene of Osun State. I was born in the mid eighties and was also brought up in Ibadan. I attended the Air force Nursery and Primary School, Command Secondary School, Urban Day Grammar School, went for A levels at the Kwara State Polytechnic and graduated from the University of Uyo, where I read English.
What experiences did you have growing up?
Hmm, I remember that with nostalgia. I grew up in a Christian home under a very strict father. We weren’t allowed to play with other children. I was the third out of four children and we had fun indoors. Well, most of the fun was to read different books every day. I don’t keep bad memories but I can say that growing up was real fun. My parents were wonderful and protective.
At what point was your talent for speaking discovered?
I would say right from secondary school days. I usually represented my school during debates with other schools and I was never second as I always brought the cup back for my school. It was during those times that I knew that I had the talent to engage people in conversation. I am also trained as a counsellor for people living with HIV while I was still in secondary school. All these motivated me.
When did you decide to become a radio personality?
It had always been my childhood dream. I had always wanted to be on either television or radio. As a kid, I would stand in front of the mirror and present programmes and imitate the late Tokunbo Ajayi of the NTA. I didn’t allow my parents read newspapers back then. They had to sit and listen to me.
So when was your dream actualised?
It was like a dream come true in 2007 when I heard that Radio Nigeria and Gold 95.5 FM in Osun State were auditioning for radio presenters. I went for it and that was how the journey started.
So how is life as a radio personality? Is it exciting or too challenging?
I don’t know about others but for me, maybe because it’s a passion and a childhood dream, it is so exciting and I love every bit of it. I remember, at a point, I used to beg my colleagues to help do their shifts. I love radio and use it as an opportunity to get better every day. It is challenging yes, but like I said, when you love your job, challenges might come but passion and God would just help you scale through.
What has the job given you?
The job has given me fulfilment no doubt. I am happy that I am doing what I enjoy. Then, fame, that’s one thing you get as an on-air-personality and I’ll admit that the fame opens doors for me . It has also given me the chance to meet a lot of people around the world. However, in monetary terms, with God, hard work, creativity and your willingness to work even outside the studio, it comes as bonus.
My earliest influences were Oprah Winfrey and the late Tokunbo Ajayi. Funmi Iyanda too.
What motivates you?
I get motivated to motivate others each time I look back and remember those who motivated me to be where I am today. I just feel like I must motivate others too, so the race doesn’t stop.
What informs your choice of music?
What motivates my choice of music is the content, sound quality, and delivery.
Rate the Nigerian music industry.
The music industry, to me, is getting better. Though some of the artistes still don’t understand what good music is the industry is getting better and I know they will do better.
What other projects are you working on?
I’m working on an NGO that’s about violence against women. Asides that, I am set to change the face of entertainment in Ibadan with Star FM and MITV Ibadan.
Rate Nigerian artistes.
Nigerian artistes are highly talented and creative and I know they can do better. They still need to work harder especially on content. Some of them need to understand what good music is all about. We all need to embrace and encourage them…then should fish out those who really want to sing and those who just want to entertain themselves.
My fashion sense is simplicity with uniqueness. People say fashion fades but style is eternal, so I don’t go with the trend, I just love unique things and I love them simple.
Favourite fashion item?
My favourite fashion items are my shoes.
How many do you own?
I have lots of them. Sometimes I wonder whether I can stop buying them.
How do you relax?
To relax, I love to play with my dogs, watch movies and read.
How do you keep your figure?
I don’t joke with exercise. I have a gym in my house.
How do you handle male admirers?
I just appreciate them for expressing themselves and it doesn’t go beyond that.
What would you have been if not a radio personality?
I would have been a lawyer.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself as Nigeria’s Oprah Winfrey.