Oluyomi Oshisami is a woman with many faces – a presenter, show host, producer and events planner – she has her sights on becoming one of the most sought-after in her industry. In this chat with ROTIMI IGE, she speaks about her journey thus far, among other issues.
Tell us what you do.
I’m an event host, television presenter and producer.
What is your background?
I’m the last child of six children. My father passed away two years ago. I have lived all my life in Ibadan; I attended All Saints Nursery and Primary School, proceeded to Maverick Secondary School and I bagged a Bachelors’ of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Ibadan. I served my country also in Ibadan.
Early memories of growing up?
I remember getting flogged a lot as a child. A lot of that was attributed to my being troublesome and very sharp. I also recall vividly being daddy’s girl, maybe his favorite at the time because I was the youngest. Talking was definitely a huge part of my childhood and that made me have many friends.
How did you develop your flair for presenting?
I discovered I had interests in engaging, discussing and interviewing people. I watched Mo Abudu on television talking about how to make one’s talent a career and that inspired me. I was studying Microbiology at the University of Ibadan at the time and so I took a step in that direction. I created and hosted a radio programme for Diamond FM.
Who are your role models?
I’ve always looked up to Oprah, the ladies of ‘The Real Talk Show’ and Mo Abudu.
Projects you have worked on?
Early in my career, I worked at several radio stations such as Diamond and Raypower FM stations. I hosted a show called ‘Moluabi 360’ on Africa Magic Yoruba, which was an urban magazine show in Yoruba. I also host an online talk show called ‘What Do You Think?’, which I created and produced. Event planning is also a huge part of my life, I have been involved in a number of comedy shows such as Alibaba Spontaneity, Bunmi Davies, Peteru Unleashed, Lafmattaz with Gbenga Adeyinka and many more. I have hosted and still host corporate events, the most recent being, the Ibadan Design Conference at the Ibadan Business School.
What is your greatest fear?
That will be not achieving my goals.
What is the best thing that can happen to you right now?
Getting another opportunity to host a national syndicated talk show.
If you were not a professional presenter/show host, what would you be doing?
Teaching would definitely be at the top of the list.
Tell us about your fashion sense…
I love casual and classy looks depending on the occasion. I’m not a trend enthusiast. I love comfort and that’s my style.
What fashion styles can’t you do without?
I never go out without my wrist watch. Any other accessory is optional.
What do you do for fun?
Talking, karaoke, travelling, exploring new places and foods.
What are your turn offs?
People who are always late and those who chew gum out loud.