Hello Presh Nation,
It’s always a beautiful Sunday, especially when we have super guests to bring to you. Foladele F. Ngadi is the Senior Producer and also a Presenter of Entertainment splash. Great time with her, enjoy;
PRESH: Please introduce yourself to us ma’am
FOLADELE: My name is Foladele F. Ngadi. I’m a journalist, TV presenter and producer.
PRESH: Pleased to have you on board ma’am, tell us more about you, before you set it on this media journey, who were you?
FOLADELE: I’ve always been a media girl. That’s what I studied in school and I’ve stayed on this path since. I attempted studying law for about 2 weeks and I realised it wasn’t for me. I found media after, and I’ve fallen deeper in love with it ever since.
PRESH: You attempted studying law, does it mean you actually got in school to study Law or you just dreamt of it
FOLADELE: I got into school to study it. I was initially confused about what to study so I opted for law first before changing courses
PRESH: What prompted that decision, I mean you were living the dream of so many, and how big of a decision has that proven to be?
FOLADELE: Simple: the dream of so many but not mine. I only did it because there was pressure to study it at the time. But since choosing media, I’ve had no regrets about my choice. It wasn’t clear at first but as time has passed, I’ve gotten more clarity that this is where I want to be.
PRESH: Let’s track back a little, how was growing up for you? What was your childhood like?
FOLADELE: Growing up was nice. I actually miss my childhood. Simpler and sweeter times. I have two siblings who were fun to grow up with. We always had relatives around, too, which made things lively. When I think about my childhood, I remember prank calls, sitting under the moon on a mat at night, travelling to our hometown for Christmas holidays, playing games, amongst sooo many other memories.
PRESH: Must have been interesting, what role did family play, in picking law, then the subsequent turn around to media? Parents and siblings alike.
FOLADELE: Parents really wanted me to study law, and the fact that I didn’t know what I wanted to study once I got into uni made it easier for them to insist on their choice. They were initially skeptical when I chose media/journalism. But after seeing how impressive my first year results were, they backed off, lol. Siblings didn’t really care what I studied. My sister, especially, was super supportive of whatever choice I made. As long as I was happy, she was fine.
PRESH: What school did you study in?
FOLADELE: The University of Buckingham (undergrad) & Goldsmiths, University of London (postgrad)
PRESH: What followed after schooling?
FOLADELE: After undergrad, I went to France for some months to study French then NYSC, then masters, internships here and there, then auditions, then work, then freelance work, then my now job
PRESH: Tell us about your job, what does it entail?
FOLADELE: Running the kind of 2-hour entertainment live show I produce is super fun! I love my job both as a producer and presenter. Producing covers everything from discovering talents, working under pressure, conducting interviews, to news gathering and editing. Basically, you have to be creative 24-7! Which can be challenging but is generally super fun. With presenting – I love to talk is why I got into it. It’s more challenging than people realise. You have to put yourself aside and show up for work even when you don’t feel like.
For example, if you’re in a bad mood and work calls, you have to put on a brave face and smile through it. You have to constantly develop yourself too; how you pronounce words, how you look, how you interact, how you handle being in the limelight, etc. Everyone wants to just sit in front of a camera and talk but it’s more than that.
PRESH: I had Moses Akerele as our guest last week and he was talking about looking as good as the show you’re presenting, how important is that, seeing you’ve also just mentioned the same thing
FOLADELE: A show could have good content or a good concept but if you have a presenter who isn’t “presentable”, it could affect the success of the show. The presenter makes the show. You’re the face, the ambassador, the brand. You represent the show. If you don’t look good then your show doesn’t look good. It’s as simple as that, really.
PRESH: Hmm, tell us the shows you run and how you came about that
FOLADELE: I run Entertainment Splash on TVC. I once interned at TVC and left a good impression which made it was easier to come back later to seek employment there. I started out as a presenter/assistant producer.
It’s been 4 a half years since I started working there
PRESH: Entertainment splash is an interesting one, what’s the aim of the show? for those that don’t know.
FOLADELE: I like to say it’s an entertainment show that has something for everyone because it does. It covers everything from fun facts to music/industry discussions, celebrity interviews, social media humour, etc.
PRESH: Do you also practice as a journalist for TVC?
FOLADELE: I used to but not anymore. Before moving to full-time entertainment, I did current affairs and politics-related journalism on TVCNews.
PRESH: What else are you passionate about and how has media helped you in that regard?
FOLADELE: I’m passionate about singing so I have a big ear for music. I am also passionate about other forms of performing arts like spoken word poetry, film and stage acting, etc. Being in my arm of media has exposed me to talents in these art forms. It also constantly helps me realise I have a platform that can give talented people exposure, and sometimes, all people really need is to be heard.
PRESH: Hmm, I like that. Tell us about The relationship journal.
FOLADELE: I started it in 2014 out of my passion for relationships. Also, as a journalist, I’ve always had an eye for storytelling so after doing some research, I found a way to merge both interests and voila! TRJ was born.
PRESH: Sounds great. What more should we expect from Foladele F. Ngadi going forward?
FOLADELE: More creativity, and more heart and soul in everything I do. Impact and influence is the ultimate goal for me so anything that allows me to continue doing that is where you’ll always find me 😊
PRESH: On a final note, please can you drop a piece of advice, for young folks who would like to explore media?
FOLADELE: Self-development/improvement is key so never despise it! Also, strive to always be indispensable so even after you leave, you won’t be easily forgotten.
PRESH: Wise words, it’s been a nice time with you, we hope to always get more ‘sweedneizz’ from you 😂
Thank you so much, Precious
Been such a pleasure 🙏🏽
PRESH: Peace ✌
My major pick from this is that, “sometimes, all people really need is to be heard”. Therefore, whatever you do, work on the quality of your craft, just in preparation for when you’d be heard. Ire oo 🥂