Ace broadcaster, Adesuwa Onyenokwe, speaks on her life, career, and family in this interview with Ademola Olonilua
How did you become a broadcaster?
I wanted to do advertising and public relations but I accidentally ended up in television. When I was doing my youth service, I was posted to Sokoto and worked with NTA because my father knew someone in NTA Benin who then called someone in NTA Sokoto. I went there and I was following them around carrying tapes because as a youth corps member, I was not doing much. I was always praying to finish my service and head back to Lagos and work at Lintas. One day, while at work, I was asked to anchor a youth programme because the presenter did not come. I agreed to help but that was when I realised that I could present on television. I did that all through my youth service and when I was done, I went home to Benin because that was where I was raised. At first, I got a teaching job because there was no broadcast job available and when I eventually got one, it was as a newscaster. I later met my husband, and we moved to Lagos. In the course of that, I had obtained a master’s degree in Language Arts from the University of Ibadan because I wanted to learn more about communication since that is what I wanted to do.
NTA allowed me to transfer to Lagos but the only opening was at the editorial desk, so I was back to writing. I was enjoying my job communicating and helping people to understand events. It was fun. However, in the course of doing my job as a reporter, I realised that there was a gap in the information about women because I met a lot of great women on the job while doing interviews. I noticed that they were reluctant to talk about their achievements while some even said that they did not want to be seen on television. I felt that we had to see more female role models because the ones we saw were not many. Then I began to have kids and working was not as easy as it was before I became a mother, so I decided to quit my job and do my own thing.