The Future Awards Africa Prize for On-Air Personality (TV)
Olive Emodi (29)
In a story she tells often, Olive Emodi talks about how the one and only Richard Mofe Damijo was one of the first people to take interest in her career as a television presenter and encourage her to get serious with her talents. Through the Delta Talent Quest Acting Reality TV show, one of the initiatives that Mofe-Damijo organized during his time as commissioner for culture and tourism, Emodi got her big break. A break she used to pivot into television, landing her first gig as a presenter for the newly established Cool TV.
Emodi is no longer a fresh face, but has worked her way and paid her dues, rising to the very peak of television presenting in the country. She currently anchors on the ‘Hello Nigeria’ show which airs every weekday on Wazobia max from 12noon-1pm, an On-Air Personality on 99.3 Nigeria Info FM where she anchors the Sunday Night Show with Olive from 9pm-1am. She was a nominee for the ELOY Awards in 2017, an award she went on to host in 2018.
Osasu Igbinedion (26)
With a family name as renowned and infamous as Igbinedion, critically acclaimed television presenter Osasu Igbinedion could have simply trod the path of least resistance and used the privilege her name affords to get a cushy job in consulting. But instead, she puts that name to use, barraging her way into the corridors of power in the nation and asking the toughest questions. Her work in journalism and television are best expressed through The Osasu Show, a syndicated TV show she created that focuses on development, business, and politics.
The Osasu Show is syndicated across Africa Independent Television (AIT), Ben TV London and ITV in Nigeria. She uses the show to challenge the government, most recently demanding answers from the Chief spokesperson of the Nigerian army over the murders of protesting the continued detainment of Sheikh El-Zakzaky. For her work, she was awarded the Journalistic Excellence Award by the Institute of Service Excellence and Good Governance.
Igbinedion also heads the Osasu Show Foundation where she directly impacts on the lives of the underprivileged in the society through moral, material and financial aids. In 2017, she hosted the Osasu Show Symposium, a forum where major stakeholders in the political field gathered together with their constituents to discuss issues of nation-building and development especially as they relate to the welfare of the less privileged.
Victor Mathias (31)
Landing a coveted a presenter spot at Channels Television doesn’t’ come easy for anyone, not even for the lauded television present and Channels anchor and producer Victor Mathias. He started his journey to television presenting like everyone else, starting as a Youth Corp member in 2011 and was posted to the Web Department as a Web Content Producer. Leveraging the position and his unique position as an early adopter of social media related content, Mathias experimented with storytelling mediums, reporting stories via social media, YouTube and the Channels website and impressing his superiors into offering him opportunities to produce and present shows.
Victor has covered stories in Nigeria and abroad, ranging from the Boko Haram insurgency, health, social issues, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). He is the pioneer presenter and producer of Channels Television’s flagship social media-powered programme, Channels Beam and regularly incorporates social media into real-time television presenting in a way that encourages citizen journalism and attracts a demographic that would traditionally ignore orthodox news platforms like Channels.
Idia Aisien (27)
Idia has made so many career changes in the last half decade, her resume reads like a Wikipedia page. Aisien has worked with Fox 5 News, the AARP Foundation, Discovery Communications, the Foreign Policy Initiative, the United Nations and Atlas Mara. She has modelled for many brands, such as BMW, Vogue, LAN Airlines, Black Opal, Nivea, Alice + Olivia, J Brand, Cashhimi, Samantha Pleet, Jovani, Evelyn Lambert, Nikki Angelique, An Alili and Sway Hair Ltd. She was also able to position herself as one of the first wave of television presenters to use their social media presence as a tool to market products to brands and convincingly sell a lifestyle to their followers.
But Aisien is best known for her television presenting career with Spice TV, the continent’s premier indigenous fashion cable channel. She currently hosts You Got Issues and Style 101 on Spice TV where she has become a fashion icon and mega influencer in her own right, and the Mega Millions Lottery Draw on Silverbird Television.
Tomike Alayande (23)
A triple threat, Tomike Alayande has made her name in television, red-carpet and television presenting. She is best known for her work as the celebrity spotter on Ebony Life’s spin-off daytime show Momentsz and the Cliq Lite Fun Tease show sponsored by Etisalat on Inspiration FM, her work anchoring the WW&W show and her work as a red-carpet presenter on VVIP Events. She has also hosted a number of events across the country, including the Konami tournament and the Nigerian Student Fashion and Design Week.
Alayande’s television credits include productions for Funke Akindele’s production company Scene One, where she plays Tania on the critically acclaimed comedic soap Jenifa’s Diary and on gritty industry drama Industreet in an art imitates life role as Ada, an on-air personality.
As a testament to her influence as a public figure Alayande has already attracted some high profile partnership. She is currently the face of Makari and CWAY table water.