ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, FUNMI OMOBORIOWO – AWARD WINNING ON AIR PERSONALITY, MC AND LECTURER

ABOUT FUNMI

Funmi Omoboriowo is an award winning On-Air-Personality (OAP), Newscaster, Communications consultant, a versatile MC, Voice-Over Artist and Lecturer. She currently works with the Lagos State Radio Service, owners of Eko 89.7FM and Radio Lagos 107.5FM where she is a Principal Presentation Officer.

Funmi was born in Abeokuta, Ogun state in the south western part of Nigeria. She holds a Master’s degree in Communication Studies, a Bachelor’s degree in Radio and Television Broadcasts and a Diploma in Journalism. She also has certifications in broadcast presentation from the famous FRCN Training school in Lagos which has now been renamed Nigeria Broadcast Academy (NBA). She has attended several self-improving trainings, workshops and seminars. Some of which include trainings under some BBC Media Action Nigeria projects,  Development Through Data, organized by the Centre for Sciences and Environment (CSE), India. Media and Information Literacy Curriculum Adaptation & Intervention Programme in selected Higher Institutions of Learning in Nigeria organized by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Coverage of Gender Issues organized by State Accountability and Voice Initiative (SAVI) to mention just a few.

In 2018, Funmi received an award from BBC Media Action Nigeria for Best Online engagement under the Strengthening Citizens Engagement in Electioneering Processes (SCEEP) project. She’s an Associate of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).

Funmi currently co-presents Eko 89.7FM’s flagship programme “The Breakfast Show” which runs Mondays through Fridays from 6am to 10am. She presents the very first Corporate Governance Programme to air on radio in Nigeria “Corporate Governance Platform” with sponsorship from Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in Nigeria (ICSAN). She is passionate about gender issues, she therefore uses some of her platforms to bring to fore issues affecting women.

Funmi lectures part time in some universities in Nigeria, mentoring youths is also part of her forte especially those interested in broadcasting. She has been part of different research works in the academia which includes “Influence of Sexually Oriented Home Videos on Secondary School Students: An Experimental Research”,                 “Indigenous Knowledge as a Tool for National Development”, e.t.c.

Funmi is married and lives in Lagos, Nigeria with her family.

About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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