Monday, January 5, 2015

Funmi Iyanda Honors Governor Fashola With Valedictory Change-A-Life Show

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The annual January 1st Change-A-Life TV special took place on New Years Day. This edition was the valedictory show for His Excellency, Barr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), the Lagos State Governor, in appreciation for his consistent support for Change-a-life over for the past 8 years.

The show, as usual, was hosted by Funmi Iyanda, Founder of Change-A-Life, with Mr Dele Momodu, the Publisher of Ovation International as the co-host. The special guest was Major General Olukolade of the Nigerian Army.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Bisi Alimi On Coming Out Gay In Nigeria, Death Threats and Living With HIV

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Gay activist, Bisi Alimi may be based in London but remains one of the most prominent Nigerians fighting for homosexuals to be accepted back home. He recently took the fight to social media, using a picture of his white boyfriend to pass a message saying “love is love.”

Bisi Alimi described his boyfriend as the “best gift from life in a very long time”, and in a new interview with NPR, he opens up on the challenges of living as a gay Nigerian man, living with the HIV, and his relationship with his immediate family members.

Bisi, who was diagnosed with HIV in 2004 and came out as gay in 2007, says he's happy about the new Nigerian anti-gay law and it gives him hope. You can read excerpts from the interview below...

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Funmi Iyanda Narrates Depressing Visit To Shomolu Lagos, An Urban Slum

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Ace broadcaster and media communication specialist, Funmi Iyanda grew up in Shomolu Lagos, but left the area when she was 10, about 30 years ago. Yesterday, she visited the area again and described it as an urban slum, unrecognizable and with depressingly decayed infrastructure.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Funmi Iyanda - Why She Risked Her Career to Interview Openly Gay Nigerian Man, Bisi Alimi, on National Television

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Nigeria does not have a lot of whistle blowers, most have imbibed the suffering and smiling attitude that gets them through the day. But things are changing, and perhaps, corruption, mediocrity and all the hidden vices that drag the country down will become less brazen. TV talk show host, Funmi Iyanda in an article talks about how Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) stopped her from having live shows after she interviewed openly gay Nigerian man, Bisi Alimi, back in 2004. See her tweets and the article below...

Friday, May 10, 2013

Magazine Covers I'm Loving - Funmi Iyanda on Genevieve

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Talk show host, Funmi Iyanda is on the cover of the latest issue of Genevieve Magazine and inside, she discusses her humanitarian work, personal style and her life philosophy. She also talks about being outspoken, raising awareness about Nigeria’s inequalities and refusing to marry. That should be interesting :)

Monday, March 4, 2013

Women who Motivate #4 - Funmi Iyanda

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Olufunmilola Aduke Iyanda (born 27 July 1971), better known as Funmi Iyanda, is an award-winning broadcaster, journalist, columnist and blogger. She produced and hosted Nigeria’s most popular and authoritative talk show New Dawn with Funmi, which aired on the national network for over eight years.

Funmi is the CEO of Ignite Media, a content-driven media organization operating out of Lagos. In 2011, she was honoured as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum and was recently named one of Forbes 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa.