I was in the waiting room of Splash FM waiting for my 12 noon appointment with Ronke Giwa. While waiting, I noticed a petite lady cruising the halls, I didn’t really see the person’s face ( what with astigmatism in one eye and short-sightedness in the other…the odds are obviously not in favour). But it isn’t 12 noon yet anyways so it’s okay. Then this lady I had been chit-chatting with suddenly said,
‘That’s Ronke going naw’
I was like ‘sheeeesh!, that tiny lady is Ronke Giwa’ *in my head of course* I raced up to the Ronke that had now stopped to see who was waiting for her. I caught up to her and said,
‘It’s Banke’, hoping the name will ring a bell from my emails to her. Her face immediately lit up in recognition and with a laugh she stretched out her arms and pulled me into the warmest hug. And just like that, she stole my heart. Tiff! *wails* Okay, I’m you typical Olaf, I love warm hugs so don’t blame me. Besides, she is supposed to be all aloof and shee afterall she’s the one with over 14,000 twitter followers as against my own 17 followers…hahahaha! (LOL! for real)
She laughed some more and promised to be back ‘in a sec’. And true to her words, she was back and I had her full attention. I was supposed to interview her but strangely, I found myself yakking all about me.
Ooookay stop, she is the interviewee here not me, helloooo! I stopped, looked at her and I had to ask,
‘Does this happen a lot? People just meet you and instantly get so comfortable?’ And she explained that for all her talking on radio, she is actually more of a listener, she’s just okay having people talk to her, she does not mind one bit! Okay whoa! Is she amazeballs or what. I just got a free therapy session!
Now, let me stop and introduce Ronke a wee bit, for those who do not reside in the Ibadan side of Nigeria. Ronke is the morning show host at Splash 105.5 FM in Ibadan, weekdays. She has been at this for about 5 years now ( I hope I’m accurate with that) and most Ibadan folks are crazy about her. Even my mom loves her! She starts off your day on a light note, filling it with a lot of hope, encouragement and love. She reads a lot and takes it upon herself to share her knowledge with her listeners. And FYI, her phonee is for real! Not acts about that unlike what it is with most OAPs. She has a thing for the girl-child, always looking to help young girls who are in trouble or who can’t seem to figure it out. And she does all this with so much energy. She had a program last year (WHO’S DAT GIRL) where she had a lot of young girls come, got speakers to speak to them, generally being the beacon of hope for a lot of girls that feel like they are alone in this world. Her energy and passion is so obvious even though we can’t see her face. That was what drew me to her, like I gotta speak to this lady.
So, imagine my shock when I saw this petite lady….I mean, who packs this much energy in such a tiny frame. So, we had our sit downs and I got to know her. FYI, she’s a homebody, loves to stay home as against going out and partying, family is everything for her, her sisters are her besties and her nieces and nephews are her world. She loves to travel, read books and meet people. And as we’ve already established, she is very down to earth, no airs about this lady Ibadan loves so much. And you have to wonder, how has she stayed grounded despite the fame, popularity and awards….she didn’t go into this cos she was looking for fame. She is just a girl out to inspire people and make the lives of folks around her more beautiful. And Ibadan folks will attest to this: she’s sure getting that done.
I am glad I got off my butt to go speak to this lady, she is definitely a special one, I can assure you. Speaking to her inspired me a whole lot more and I hope that you will also be inspired by her.
More to come on Ronke, please hang in there.