When Omotunde “Adaku” Adebowale (a graduate of Law from Lagos State University) left law school, she wanted a career in the media industry. She approached many media outfits, including Channels TV and even Galaxy TV but she was rejected.
In fact, Channels TV rejected her because she could not pronounce “Arthur”- the name of the man who interviewed her.
Galaxy TV rejected her because she was “fat” and had “an ugly face” for the TV.
Her parents wanted her to be a lawyer and were disappointed with her new choice of career that might fetch a meagre income for her. But she never gave up on her dreams and started practicing pronunciation of words and names.
She practiced Law for three years but on realising her ambition, enrolled at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria Training School in Lagos, performed well and was immediately given a Contract Employment with Radio Nigeria where she stayed for nearly two years before moving on to WAZOBIA FM (and has been there ever since).
When asked in an interview, published on March 1, 2014 by ‘Nonye Ben-Nwankwo of The Citizen, how she got on radio, she said:
“I am not on radio because I couldn’t find another job. It is just passion-based. I enjoy entertaining people. I wanted to do what I was passionate about and not just about what I read in school. I was once with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria. When I heard about Wazobia, it became a challenge for me. I wasn’t even sure I could do it but I went for the audition.
“It was a tough one (the audition) because a lot of people came for it. By the time I was auditioned, it was almost over. I was invited four months later. That was how I started. It wasn’t easy at first because I had to go through the teething problems. Some listeners criticised me. But every criticism I got made me stronger. The more you do something, the better you get at that thing.”
Adebowale hails from Ijebu-Igbo in Ogun State but she’s always mistaken for an Igbo lady due to her roles in movies, especially the “Adaku” she portrayed in Funke Akindele’s Jenifa’s Diary which she played perfectly that got many viewers arguing whether she’s Yoruba or Igbo.
When she hit stardom, Galaxy TV who had rejected her beforehand because she was “fat and ugly” tried to recruit her but she replied the management that they couldn’t afford to pay her.
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Omotunde Adebowale is now a Nigerian Multi award winning Radio and TV Host, Comedienne, Compere, Dramatist and Actress. She’s popularly known as an On-Air personality and a News reader for CoolFM and WazobiaFM (known as Lolo1 of Wazobia).
She is divorced with four children (a girl and three boys).
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