Monday, April 11, 2011
THE ON- AIR PERSON!
‘I DON’T DEVELOP A SEPARATE PERSONALITY FOR THE RADIO’
… Wana Wana an interesting radio personality; of Inspiration FM (real name: Wana Udobang) shares an interesting part of her life and living with Wordzbelle…
The first time I listened to her on radio, I was not sure of what to make of Wana Wana, the plus-sized sexy presenter; simply gorgeous and ever smiling. But I was sure of one thing; that the deep rich voice that I listen to between the hours of five and six pm on inspiration fm from Monday to Friday is not just ‘some presenter’…
Wana Udobang is the last of five children; three older brothers and a sister.
she attended St. Leo’s Catholic school Ikeja, then Command Secondary School Ibadan.
she attended the University for the Creative Arts in Surrey in the UK, and she also has a first class degree in Journalism. Talking about herself is quite difficult but she says she is ‘pretty much the same person, I don’t develop a separate personality for the radio. I suppose my hyper side is amplified on air. I am also very simple, don’t like stress. Having a good time mostly entails being in great company and having great conversation. I am obsessed with music, theatre, photography and films. I’m a freelance writer.’
HER RADIO JOURNEY
Oh well, it started with an e-mail from her brother and his colleague who saw the advert in the newspaper and gave her the details. She applied and was told to come for an interview and audition when she decided to move back to Nigeria, which she did and as she puts it “ the rest is history”.
THE BUMPS ARE NOT SO EASY ON THE ROAD
Nothing is easy to come by, also, for a profession like radio; Wana Udobang says you have to constantly suppress your emotions. So even if your family member dies, once you are on air that isn’t allowed to come through, which really isn’t good for anyone’s mental health. One challenge that sucks… the fact that there is no public holiday; you know, having to constantly be on air for your favourite listeners.
Another challenge for Wana Wana is ‘the fact that your work is evaluated by your superiors as well as millions listening to you everyday and if you aren’t think skinned, it can take a toll on your self esteem. you constantly feel like you are being graded every time you open the mic. so yeah those are most of the challenges amongst other things’
And this, too…
‘oh also radio is badly paid and everyone gets the impression you have tones of money
but I always knew that, so I was always geared up for that.’
HER ON-AIR LOVE
This is the best part of her job; the opportunity to enlighten people and also be enlightened by listeners sharing their experiences with her!
ON LIFE AND LIVING
Wana Udobang believes a good attitude will do; treat people the way you would like to be treated and learning to be comfortable in your own skin.
FOR THE PRESENTER OUT THERE
Learn everything. Life doesn’t start and end on the microphone. The more skills you have, the better you get.
FIVE ‘WOWING’ FACTS ABOUT WANA WANA!
I am incredibly obsessive.
I have had the same best friends since I was 10years old!
I am someone that looks for deeper meaning to most things though, which can make me a little intense to hang out with.
I am more introspective though. I spend a lot of time by myself. I am quite moody but I try to hide that from most people.
I am very irritable.