by Hadiatou Wann
I AM AFRICAN & I CAN
Power can be used to change lives; it can also be used for selfish desires if not tamed. African politics has never been funnier. Individuals like Adeola Oladele-Fayehun are using comedy as a way to put corrupt African leaders under scrutiny.
Fayehun works at SaharaTV, where she is the host of “Keeping It Real With Adeola,” a weekly satire show that brings African politics to the surface.
In 2007, she earned her BA in Mass Communication from Olivet College, and in 2008 her Masters in broadcast journalism from the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism.
The journalist started off working behind the scenes, then moved her way up to hosting her very own weekly news show.
104 solid episodes of “Keeping It Real With Adeola” and viewers are still begging for more.
Fayehun’s online show attracts viewers from all parts of Africa (even non-Africans).
“Some viewers stopped watching the news because it was too depressing until they discovered ‘Keeping It Real With Adeola.”‘
So, what is so unique about “Keeping It Real With Adeola” that made a large and diverse audience start tuning in to watch the news again?
One word: entertainment.
No longer do viewers want to listen to news that is displayed in a tedious and monotonous tone. They want news, and they want it as real and entertaining as it comes. “Keeping It Real With Adeola” does just that.
“I wanted to do African news, but did not want to do what everyone else was doing,” she said.
When asked how she wanted to be remembered, she jokingly said: “I’m not dead yet.”
Then, she went on to explain how she wants people to remember her as someone who spoke up and kept people informed in an entertaining manner.
Throughout the week, Fayehun spends a great deal of her time and energy preparing newsworthy topics. She tends to look for bizarre stories, funny stories, but at large, stories that affect people.
She deliberately breaks down stories in a way that people can relate to them. Needless to say, it doesn’t all unravel in a snap-of-a-finger. All week long she’s researching, writing scripts, editing videos just in time to publish her masterpiece on Saturday.
Fayehun wants Africans to care about what’s going on –not just in their respective counties– but also what’s going on in other countries.
She pointed, “whether people care about politics or not, it affects their lives. So why not care?”
Although the Nigerian-born journalist covers a lot of Nigerian-related news, she brings in news about other African countries because, “everything that affects one African country can affect other African countries.”
Fayehun assured that if corruption is taken care of in Africa, everything else will fall into place.
If some of the corrupt African leaders were to tune in to watch “Keeping It Real With Adeola,” they’d probably be ashamed because Fayehun does not sugarcoat anything, she keeps it real.
“[African leaders] need to take care of their people. They need to understand that they are there to serve the people, and not to enrich themselves,” said the host of “Keeping It Real With Adeola.”
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