The life of Mokaeze Adaeze, at only 21, is already a topic of worth. The young and beautiful woman is a Fuze Radio/TV presenter and the host of “Totally Random” – a YouTube talk show on which she randomly discusses topics that she finds interesting. Adaeze’s portfolio also includes her time with Pulse NG, during which her YouTube channel was featured on the popular media platform.

In just over a year, the Babcock graduate has garnered quite some experience. Looking across the Nigerian media space, Adaeze is clearly one of the young women with a rising and flourishing profile. Her reputation for being creatively spontaneous, good-humoured and yet blunt, endears her to her fans who tune to listen to her on the radio on the working days and on her channel.

Adaeze’s interest in the media can be traced back to her childhood practice of copying Nigerian Televison Authority (NTA) News casters. “I would pretend to read the news like Funmi Wakama, the NTA News reporter”, she tells me during our chat at the Silverbird Galleria. She also had an early interest in writing, which she thinks stemmed from her childhood habit of reading. “Maybe because I started reading early so I had a way with words”, she says.  “I have always been able to put words together nicely”, she adds.

She did so much of reading and writing that her friends and colleagues at school often seek her help in composition exercises and other scholarly engagements. But she “ignored it (the skills)” as she grew into adolescent years during which her peers were generally tuning to the use of phones and computers as their source of amusement. Adaeze, as a young girl, felt it was enough to prefer music of the ’90s to the trendy pop songs; but not to be completely socially awkward.

If her interest had not tilted, perhaps she’d have been more vocal about her preference for Mass Communication over the International Law & Diplomacy which she was nudged to accept by her father. Adaeze didn’t enjoy the course. She didn’t enjoy the school either. “I hated Babcock. I hated the course I was studying”, she confesses. It was a painful but potent portion of boredom mixed with heartbreak that reignited her interest in writing, and her desire for expression through talk shows. “It was in Babcock that I finally decided that my mouth was going to make me all the money.” she says. Her earliest subject is what has become a manuscript that would later be published – a first part of a trilogy titled “musings of a broken heart.” (The other working titles of the other two parts are: “confessions of a healing soul” and “testament of a free spirit.”)

The musing was from a place of pain and she is the first person who’d agree with me that is necessary for everyone to know how it feels to be heartbroken. In fact she opines that “heartbreak is the most powerful emotion, not (physical) pain; and that it unlocks a certain parts of our fears, anger which are powerful tool.” Not surprisingly, Adele’s Music, particularly songs like “Water Under The Bridge” and “River Lea” on the “25” album were her companion at the time.

Currently, she is healing. And she’d be channeling the experience into writing the second part of her trilogy. The latter part would be inspired by her free-from-heartbreak self. Mostly, her writings are inspired by her mood and similarly, for her general work attitude. Adaeze is currently doing a lot of background work for her forthcoming projects – her mini-series project which is nearing being piloted and the “Totally Random” show which is being restructured.

Speaking of challenges, Adaeze mentioned her early experience of understanding the radio presenting game, differently from the TV show hosting that used to be her primary speciality. “I am more expressive with my hand. One of the biggest challenges I had was channeling these expressions and energy into my voice since that was the form of contact with my audience on the radio. I forced it at some point and sometimes I would come off as pitchy. It took me a while to adjust”, she tells me in the middle of our chat.

Her challenges, mostly, are challenges involving “overcoming her personal fears” Like recently when there were talks of her show being shut down. “I panicked”, she says. Her support system, involving her network of friends, talked her through the stormy period. Adaeze has embraced the stress-free life – a life of realism that people come and go; and that experiences, whether fulfilling or not, can be channeled into an art form for a waiting audience to learn from and appreciate. Adaeze is a happy girl who’s celebrating a life of independence and fulfilment at only 21years of age.


This piece was written by Ibironke Oluwatobi. He tweets via: @ibironketweets

Culled from Issue 21


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