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‘I never dated late Pastor Elijah Akinade’ – OAP Bidemi Olukuewu

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+ plans superlative 80th birthday for mom

Bidemi Olukuewu is a prolific independent broadcaster, voice-over artiste and actress. The beautiful, kind, humble and amiable lady spoke to ENCOMIUM Weekly on her 15 years experience on the job, why she wants to celebrate her mother @ 80, the man in her life, among others.

Could you share your experience on the job with us?
I have 15 years experience. I started with Radio Nigeria 3 and worked with Mainframe Productions of Tunde Kelani. I also worked with the late Alade Aromire as a presenter. Yotomi Television shot me into the limelight. I was not collecting salary from Alade Aromire but he gave me an avenue to make contact and money for myself. In 2002, I met Olaoye Global Concept, a marketer and was working for him as a presenter. From there, Jide Morounfolu travelled to South Africa, he called me to present his programme on LTV pending the time he would return. While presenting Jide’s programme, Adesqueen, who liked my presentation also called me to present her programme while she left Nigeria.
After Adesqueen, I got an offer to present for Olatunde Special which I did for eight years. While working for Olatunde, I was also presenting my own personal

Elijah Akinade

Elijah Akinade

programme entitled Gbankangbi in conjunction with LTV. When I was at Yotomi TV, I met the late Fuji icon, Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister in 2003. He bought me my first phone and sim card. Through him, I met a lot of big personalities. While presenting Gbankangbi, I met K1 in 2005, he was a guest on my programme. Other guests on my programme then included Iya Rainbow, Pasuma, Sule Alao Malaika, among others.
I also presented Opon Ara on Radio Lagos for nine years. It was my own personal programme. I’ve also presented programme with Gbenga Adewusi(Bayowa) on Radio Lagos and other radio stations. I’ve equally worked with Odua TV. As a voice-over artiste, I’m a member of Association of Voice-over Artistes of Nigeria. I’ve worked with a lot of corporate companies and filmmakers. I’m an actress, I acted in A’femi and Okun Ifa where I featured alongside Laide Bakare. I’ve also featured in Moji Olaiya’s movie. I have a daughter who acts. She is also a voice-over artiste and in SSS1.
Which programme are you anchoring now?
I’m presenting a programme on Faaji FM every Monday between 2pm and 4pm. The programme is entitled K’oma Flow. I also sell ladies’ things like weave-on, shoes, bags to mention but a few.
Is Koma Flow your personal programme?
Not really. It’s an in-house programme but I bought 45 minutes sponsorship airtime out of the two hours.
How did you delve into broadcasting?
I attended Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Ogba, Lagos; thereafter, I proceeded to FRCN Training School for producer’s course.
How do you want to celebrate your mother’s birthday?
My mother deserves to be celebrated as she clocks 80 this year. I’m the last child of the family. My mother really suffered for us and she should reap the fruit of her labour.
What’s her name?
Her name is Alhaja Simbiat Abebi Sodeke Diko Olukuewu. She will be 80 in December and we shall stage superlative birthday shindig for her at Mokland Hotel, Sango-Ota, Ogun state. Everyone is invited to celebrate my mom with me.
Who are the artistes expected to thrill at the occasion?
Sule Alao Malaika is our main artiste. Other guest artistes include Iya NGhana, Barrytide, Tope Alabi, Dele Gold among others. The comperes are Funke Etti and Dotun Tailor.
Is there any aso-ebi for the event?
Yes, our colourful aso-ebi specially made is sold for N5,000 for six yards.
Your marital status?
I’m engaged and not searching.
Is he the same man that you had your daughter for?
No. I’ve called it quits with the father of my daughter.
How would you describe your fiancé?
My fiancé, Oloko Akeem Adedimeji is very supportive, caring, loving and godly.
What kind of relationship existed between you and CAC Lion of Judah pastor, late Elijah Akinade because there was a rumour that he once dated you?
That’s not true. The only relationship that existed between us was when I presented a programme for him.
Who is Abidemi Olukuewu?
Abidemi Olukuewu is an independent broadcaster, actress, voice-over artiste and business woman. I’m very cool, accommodating and humble.

– TADE ASIFAT

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