Woman Crush Wednesday (WCW): Funmi Iyanda

Funmi Iyanda is a Nigerian journalist, broadcaster, blogger, and talk show host. She had a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the premiere University of Ibadan.

Funmi’s sudden delve into television programming began with her production and presentation of ‘Good Morning Nigeria’, a television breakfast talk show. The magazine show was streamlined into two segments that adores the achievement of members of the society and the other segment emphasizing on the human-related stories across the streets of Nigeria. The show was better known for its keen interest in children and women advocacy at all premise of endeavor.

In 2000, she started an info-educative show ‘New Dawn with Funmi’, which was produced daily on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) channel 10 Lagos. The show at that time was one of the mostly viewed programs across Nigeria. Complementing her broadcasting expertise with journalism, she has been a guest columnist in some daily newspapers and magazines like Farafina Magazine, Tempo Magazine, The Punch, Vanguard, and Daily Trust Newspapers.

A brilliant and impeccable journalist she is, do not deter her to be vast in the world of sport. This poised her to make exclusive coverage of 2000 and 2004 Olympic games in Sydney and Athens respectively, 1999 Female Football World Cup, and an exclusive documentary of the 2006 African Cup of Nations. 

The relaxed but never retired Funmi took a new course of her television production career, when she launched a freshly packaged show ‘Talk With Funmi’ in 2010. Talk With Funmi focuses on plying across the nook and cranny of Nigeria to scrap life-challenging topical issues up public domain of solution.

Her ingenious creativity birthed Chopcassava.com from the precarious 2012 fuel subsidy protest in Nigeria. The web series had a wide documentary cutting across the views and opinions of people of different class who took to the street to protest the 117% hike in petrol prices. This endearing initiative got Chopcassava.com nominated for 2012 BANFF World Media Festival in the category of non-fiction web series.

Funmi Iyanda, an astute journalist cum speaker, who have set the pace of broadcasting in journalism for many young individuals aspiring to achieve her profound feat in the media world. A champion of children and women advocacy, with her cliché of “today woman matters”. She is a member of African Leadership Institute, Tutu Fellow, and a participant of the ASPEN Institute’s Forum for Communications and Society.

This media personality is a recipient of several awards and recognitions for her innovative, adept, and enthusiastic contributions to media and humanitarian service.

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