It’s a beautiful day today and as usual I am here with someone special. She says she’s super duper, trust me she is. I think charismatic doesn’t do justice to what this lady is. She’s mind blowing. Bybisasa is an OAP for city FM. The Kwara bred Lawyer kept her wig and gown to follow her dreams in the media industry. I cracked up a lot on this one, enjoy!
PRESH: Can you please introduce yourself to us?
BYBISASA: I am BYBISASA your super duper, fun loving, incredibly beautiful and undeniably charismatic radio diva. But if you want to write me a cheque then, its IBUKUN ADESOYE lol. I am the only girl in my nuclear family and i have 4 elder brothers. I studied law so I am a lawyer of the federal republic of Nigeria and can represent you in the court of law however I am in the entertainment industry at the moment following my passion as an on air personality and a media enthusiast. I play the guitar, i swim very well, i am a self acclaimed cook😂 and i love food. 😂
PRESH: OK! That’s one way to make an entrance but it’s what we expect from people with your kinda personality 😂 so tell me how did you come about BYBISASA
BYBISASA: 😂😂😂😂 So every time i introduce myself as Bybisasa, the look i get is that of ‘huh’ 😳 can you say that again? 😂😂😂 i literally have to tell them how i got the name and I’m sure you also want to know how i got that name. Well as i said earlier, i have 4 elder brothers. Well, one of them bears Tosin and back in secondary school his mates used to tease him and would call him ‘Toskanisasa’ it was linked to a mafia but if you want to know about that you would have to ask him😂😂😂 Anyways, back then, i would call myself ‘Babysasa’ (you know, as a baby sister that i am) but then with time i had to switch it up and put a lil bit of swag so i changed the ‘Baby’ to ‘Bybi’ Because to be honest everyone back then, was either baby this or baby that 😒 I had to be unique so there you go😉 You would agree with me Bybisasa is a lot sweeter 😍
PRESH: Definitely sweeter. You must have had a fun childhood, tell me about it.
BYBISASA: Hmmmm. Growing up was fun. Gosh can we go back in time just to relieve some of the experiences😩😂😍 My family is closely knitted and we share a special bond that i cherish so much. At a very tender age, love, Discipline, confidence and integrity was instilled in us by our parents and the morals and values we were taught are part of the factors that formed and shaped us to be who we are today. So many experiences to be honest. I will share a few. just so you are reminded, i am the last born and only girl ( i however wasn’t given preferential treatment 😩😩😩 okay just joking i was given just little preferential treatment) i was a boisterous girl and you could have easily called me a tomboy ( i mean what did you expect, i grew up in the midst of guys🤪😜😝. It was so bad i demanded i had same ration of food as my elder brothers 😩😩 (already exerting my take on equality at that age😂😂😂) my mum would protest and remind me that girls shouldn’t eat this much, but my Dad would come to my rescue and give my mum the go ahead to fulfil my wishes 😂😂 Oh what joy i had whenever my Dad would support me😍 i guess that was what initiated my love for food 😩😒. I had what i wanted at least most of the time 🤷🏾♀Reading this, you would think i was never beaten by my parents😂😂😂 Well, you guessed wrong, i cannot count how many times my parents beat me (thinking about it now i am laughing out loud) There was this one time, in primary school, a friend of mine was sick, I honestly don’t know what entered my head. i told her i would take her to the hospital 😳 How? I really did not know. Funny enough i did not even buy my own idea 😏it was pretty lame😂😂 and so, we proceeded to a certain hospital that wasn’t even close to the school, we had to take public transport. Here is where it gets interesting, just as we set out and got to the junction of the school, i see my mum’s car pass. The fear that jolted me was from another continent. I wanted to enter the ground😨😰 And prayed my mum did not see me. But guess what, she reversed and picked us up. Raking and shouting, complaining bitterly why the school would allow pupils to do such a thing. I was scared to death knowing the kind of beating i would receive back home. I did not want to go home. But lo and behold, my mum came to pick my elder brother and i at closing hour, i definitely received the beating of my life. What i did not know was that she (my mum) would report me to my dad 😕😕😕😕 He got home in the evening because my body was sour from the beating my mum gave me earlier i was wide awake😨😳 I heard a shout ‘IBUKUN’ bosi bibayi (ibukun come here) i knew it was the end😂😂😂 my dad beat shege. It took the intervention of our neighbours who were also cousins to stop my dad from tearing me apart😂😂😂 You know what let me just leave this beating session here if not i might not finish this interview 😂😂😂😂😂
PRESH: 😂😂😂 What schools did you attend? All through
BYBISASA: So for primary, I initially attended UNILORIN Nur and primary school but my parents later moved my elder brother and i to IDEAL Nur and primary school. For secondary school i attended ADESOYE COLLEGE OFFA one of the best schools in Nigeria till date 🔥🙌🏽🔥 I graduated from University of Ilorin and proceeded to Abuja Law School Bwari.
PRESH: There’s a kind of Law-Entertainment sync with the likes of Funke Akindele Bello, Zainab Balogun Nwachukwu, Ebuka Obi Uchendu and the late Tosyn Bucknor kind of making transitions from law into Entertainment. Is there a particular reason you opted for media after studying Law?
BYBISASA: Funny thing is I was already in love with radio while i was studying law. So here it is. When i finished secondary school in 2008, i did not enter university the same year because i was awaiting my results. During the ‘waiting’ period i got engaged with so many things and one of them was listening to radio. I think that stemmed from boredorm😩🤪 i mean, i was bored of Tv so i started listening to radio and gbam i fell in love. I was astonished by the way the radio presenters spoke with so much knowledge, sweetness and pizzazz. The way they could connect with people, engage people with topical issues and entertainment with so much style was enviable. I was always left in awe after listening to a radio show and I thought to myself I can do this. (In fact, i want to do this😍) I mean i love talking, 😩😜i love meeting people, i love the sound of my voice 😂 (not to brag, but people tell me on a daily that i speak well😍) so i was of the opinion that i might as well give this radio gig a shot. It was until i joined the ‘system’ i knew there was more to radio than a good voice😒) However, my parents were not in for it. I mean, not like i told them at the initial stage (how could i have😕 when i filled my admission form with my Dad and he was too excited i was going to be studying law🙂 my Dad was already picturing me as a SAN or chief judge) So i took a break from the idea of going into presenting but I guess baba God had other plans😁 I got admission into the prestigious University of Ilorin in 2009 to study law but little did i know that i was about to kick start my career in Radio 💃🏽🙏🏾🙂 I discovered we had a radio station in my 100level second semester and boy was i ecstatic. I began to go to the radio station (Unilorin 89.3 fm) made inquires and interned for a while before i was given my own show. Just so you know, i had to juggle radio and law (which was tasking 😰😰😰) There was no way i was telling my Dad ‘i have fallen in love with presenting’ (not unless i was about to fall out of my senses 😂😂😂) i of course told my mum but i kept it from my dad initially until his friends told him they love what i was doing on radio😂 (see casting 😩) (so many stories embedded in this but that would be for another day😁) At every stage in my life while studying law, I made a deliberate effort to pursue radio as well without both clashing and God has been faithful. So my media journey did not start after i read law, it started while i was reading law.
PRESH: From all said, you must have grown up in kwara state.
BYBISASA: Yes. My formative years were spent in kwara state.
PRESH: Tell me about life in Kwara state
BYBISASA: I grew up in ilorin, the Kwara State capital. Kwara State as you know is the of Harmony flowing with milk and honey. There is a sense of togetherness and responsibility amongst the people of kwara. Definitely not as popular and loud as Lagos but if you want your peace and quiet and serenity is of high value to you, you would consider visiting Kwara State. The people are warm and accommodating. The tourist attraction is quite commendable. Take for instance the Esie museum. Full of relics and artifacts holding ancient history. You would learn a thing or two if and when you visit the Esie museum. Also, there is the Sobi Hill. Now this hill is quite spectacular. Asides recreational purposes, the hill is also used for spiritual purposes as well.
PRESH: Growing up, what has changed?
BYBISASA: Obviously first of, i am no longer in Kwara (at least for now) 😂 that means no more mummy’s food, no more ‘allawee’ from my Dad😩, Not spending the festive period with family which is terrible but I guess i am going to have to blend in and deal with it. I think the major thing that has changed would be the absence of family at least physically. And of course doing what I really love which is being on radio.
PRESH: Talking about Radio, how did you get into City FM?
BYBISASA: Okay. So, in 2017 i was doing freelance with a radio station in Ilorin, Kwara state waiting to be confirmed as a staff. It was taking longer than i expected but i kept the faith. During this period, a friend and colleague (Saadat Bibire) tagged me on a City 105.1 Fm post regarding the search of a female on air personality. She spoke to me about putting in for the competition on IG. All you had to do was post a 60 seconds video of yourself presenting a show and tag them. I did not give it a thought because I had done so many auditions in the past (still in doubt? Check out my IG page @bybisasa. These posts are still there to remind me of where i am coming from. 😂😂😂 no be today this hustle start) and posted only to be denied and to be honest i was really tired of the whole process. She encouraged me to put in my video after all, what do i stand to lose! 🤷🏾♀ Reluctantly, I obliged. Posted my video and patiently waited for a response. Nothing happened. 😳 After almost 4 months I had already given up but lo and behold, i was shortlisted😳🙂. At the time i was running another package in Lagos and was called for an interview so I decided to use one stone to kill 2 birds. I told my dad i had gotten a job😩😂😩(if you are reading this dad, I’m so sorry i did not tell you in details because i was afraid you wouldn’t have allowed me to come to lagos😂 i promise that’s the only thing i kept from you) So here i was in Lagos with no clue, all i had were my bags and a determination of getting a job. It came to a point i had to choose between city FM and the other job interview because they were clashing, I took a leap of faith and stuck with CITY 105.1 FM. Out of over 300 entries, At Different stages, contestants were cut and we were down to 4, I made it to the final 3 and began work in May 2018. The rest they say is history 🙂
PRESH: The rest is definitely history. What shows do you run now?
BYBISASA: I host the Saturday Breakfast Show (6am – 9am) and I Co-host the Rundown (weekdays from 3pm – 5pm)
PRESH: Coming to Lagos at that time, how did you cope? Did you have a place to stay?
BYBISASA: Yes i sure did. I have relatives in Lagos but while contemplating on where i wanted to stay, i had to put into consideration the location and distance from work.
PRESH: How was the change of environment? From a more serene Ilorin to the hustle and bustle of Lasgidi.
BYBISASA: Well it wasn’t really difficult to adjust. I had spent some time in Lagos while i was doing my court attachment so i was pretty much aware of what i was getting myself into. I missed my way a couple of times 😩😂 Fun fact, there was a time i wanted to go to Ojuelegba but i ended up in Obalende😩. I must have mixed up the names somehow. I’m more aware now and definitely knowing my routes better.
PRESH: Did you practice law at all?
BYBISASA: Yes i did. Right after law school and while i was waiting for a call back from my auditions. I did so well, when I told my last boss i was leaving, he was heart broken and that i was an outstanding lawyer. My dad still sends me applications if I’m still interested in practicing Law.
PRESH: Are you looking to study anything media related?
BYBISASA: Most definitely. I intend taking some media courses this year. I have to keep putting in more effort and ensuring i remain teachable and stay innovative.
PRESH: What policies do you mostly live your life by?
BYBISASA: Well I believe we need to look out for one another, regardless of gender, tribe or religion. If we witness a wrong doing to our fellow human, it is only proper we speak against it. I believe we need to be kind to one another as there is so much evil in the world. A little /random act of kindness can go a long way. I believe in integrity for a man with integrity is just and upright. Not forgetting respect. I respect people’s opinions and views and i believe we don’t have to impose ourselves unto people. And finally i believe in self love. Because not until you love and value yourself can you extend such traits to the next person.
PRESH: What do you think is the way forward for media in Nigeria?
BYBISASA: In the words of a colleague Angela Ochubaiye, Media should be seen as the 4th arm of government because whether we want to admit it or not, we greatly influence the general public with political structures as well as social and economic matters in as much as we also entertain the public. In this age and time almost everyone has access to information however, how valid is that information? I believe as media practitioners, we owe it to the people to be factual in the stories we tell and the reportage we make. At the end of the day it all boils down to integrity. If we are honest, fake news would not be the order of the day in a bid to generate clout.
PRESH: Tell us about what you do on the rundown
BYBISASA: The show is music driven and we basically give a rundown of entertainment gist making the rounds locally and globally. We play good music keeping the people of Lagos company while they are at work and when they are ready to go home. Our unique style in presenting sets us apart from the rest.
PRESH: What else should we know about Bybisasa
BYBISASA: 😂😂😂 you mean what eles is there to bybisasa that i haven’t given off already 🤔🤔🤔 I guess there are so many sides to me as a person and for you to have a glimpse of how awesome and incredible i am you would have to come a bit closer 😂. Know me one on one😂. Asides that, i guess it will be the fact that i am a very considerate person sometimes to my own detriment but i do it anyways. I love cooking. It comes with ease. If i wasn’t a lawyer or media practitioner, perhaps i would have been a food vendor or caterer you never know. It might be in the works😁 Bybisasa believes in God for in him i live, i move and i have my being.
PRESH: Please leave a short message for our readers
BYBISASA: Thank you so much for taking out time to read this piece. Hope you were entertained and enlightened! I love you soo much. Just so you know its never too late to start whatever you purpose in your mind. Your thoughts are your dreams which create your world and sustains it. With concentration and persistence you can mold the world to your will. Do what makes you happy because life is too short sulking about what could have been. The sky is not your limit, your mind is. Take that leap for the world awaits your manifestation. (See me dropping deep bars 😂 I’m not even a motivational speaker 😂 at least not yet😉) God bless you.
PRESH: Thank you so much for giving us audience and entertaining us so well.
BYBISASA: Thank you for having me. I appologise it took this long🤗
PRESH: Peace ✌
Don’t ever be afraid to go for what you want. The only limitation you have is your mindset. Ire oo 🥂