It was nice to hear you on the radio on Global Spin during the celebrations of RB2’s 21st birthday. How did it feel for you to be on the reigns once again?
“I must say that it really felt good to be back on the airwaves revisiting my dream; it was such a profound moment and I must also confess that there was a point when I was even emotional. I have done radio interviews before since my departure in 2009 but co-hosting is a different experience altogether as you are also in control of the show to a certain extent, just like the main presenter. I didn’t realize how much I had missed radio till I was behind the microphone. It was also a humbling experience to meet the legendary Anna Fiki, one of the most gifted and phenomenal artists that this country has ever produced, who was also one of the guests that had been invited to the studio. I’m happy that I was called back by RB2 to be part of the celebrations.”
Looking at the RB2 of today and that of your time, what do you think has changed over time?
“It has been almost four years since I left radio in 2009 and in terms of the trends, I don’t think Radio has changed that much. I was excited to learn that most of the people that I worked with back then were still there and only a few new faces to augment what was already in existence. So I believe the status quo remains for now, meaning that they are still rocking the airwaves.”
Are there any improvements you would offer to the birthday baby?
“Just to keep working hard on establishing RB2 as a brand and a force to be reckoned with. I can see that there is a dedicated team of presenters and staff that works hard to keep the RB2 brand floating despite the stiff competition from the private radio stations and that is really commendable.”
Would you go back to radio given the chance?
“Most definitely. Radio will always have a special place in my heart. I am where I am because of it. Even if it’s part time, I would seize the opportunity.”
What motivated you to leave radio and go into the corporate world?
“Well, I was redeployed by the employer, DPSM; it was sort of a bitter pill for me to swallow at the time and I believe the sudden move helped me to grow both professionally and spiritually. Spiritually in the sense that I was taken out of my comfort zone to deal with the unknown and somehow I believe I came out a better person from the experience. I had always wanted to do Public Relations and at the end of the day, I believe it was a difficult and yet a positive transition for my personal growth. What the psychologists will tell you is that you can’t experience a heightened level of joy unless you have faced and overcome significant challenges in the process.”
Do you ever miss the times you were in the spotlight?
“To me, it wasn’t really about the fame, it was about the passion, the loyal listeners that believed in me from day one and being able to influence and touch people’s lives in a special way. Radio is such a powerful mode of communication; it can either make you or break you and I believe I have contributed immensely like my predecessors to its growth and development and I am thankful for the opportunity that I was given. To this day, I still have people sending me messages and telling me how much I have changed their lives with the programs that I did, nothing can ever surpass that fulfillment. Knowing that you have had a great influence on people’s lives and even inspired some to follow their dreams to work in the entertainment fraternity is humbling.”
Comparing your life today and that of the time you were on RB2 which would you choose? Private or public?
“I never really had a problem with being in the public eye as I knew how to handle myself. I always exercised a high degree of professionalism and maturity and only a few people can do that. As for some of the bad publicity I received in some instances, it wasn’t really a big concern for me. It came with the territory. Although at times it was a bit of a challenge reading some misconceptions, but I never let that stop me. I have a very thick skin and at the end of the day, you can never take a good man down.”
And any advice on married life and being a father?
“It is such a fulfilling experience, having my own family and being responsible for this innocent human being who looks up to you for everything is such bliss. I always knew from an early age that I was going to be blessed with a marriage and when I finally found my wife, I knew she was the one to spend the rest of my life with, for better or for worse. My son inspires me to be a better human being every day. I was watching a movie the other day that had this quote, “The greatest achievement to manhood is fatherhood,” and I couldn’t agree more with that statement. The challenges of being a first time dad have been tremendous but the rewards have been much greater. I’m a hands on dad and not a spectator. I always tell people that marriage is an extension of a relationship and you have to work hard to make it work. I’m not complaining and loving it all the way.”
Could you take time to reflect on the entertainment industry and how it has evolved over time? If it has.
“The upcoming generation is in it for fifteen minutes of fame as opposed to our generation. For us, it was about the passion and following the simple basic rules of working hard and staying relevant. Nowadays, people are going into it to make a quick buck and this explains why you have new artists, promoters etc mushrooming everyday. It’s important to build your own brand and make a positive mark in the industry and persevere and never at any point give up.”
How does it feel to know that you contributed to its growth?
“I’m happy that I have made a positive mark, if what I am been told or hear is anything to go by. To be recognized for a positive contribution one has made in their lives is gratifying.”
What are some of the things you would like to say to your fans out there?
“It’s amazing that after all this time, I still have people who get overly excited when they see me or those who come to me and tell me how much they miss me on radio and those who inbox me on social media to tell me how much they loved my shows when I was on radio. In fact, I’m always shocked when people recognize me because I was on radio and not T.V and occasionally featured in magazines, T.V and Radio, but I never expect people to know who I am. It can be quiet embarrassing when you are applying for a loan and somebody asks if you are “Emmax” but hey! I love my fans, they made Emmax and stood by me through thick and thin and I will forever be grateful to them.”
Any last words?
Thank you for the interview, someday, God willing, I will be back on the airwaves as I believe that my journey is not yet complete. I would also like to explore T.V in the near future. For those who keep wondering where I am, I’m with the Office of the Ombudsman and working as a Public Relations Officer. If you have any issues of maladministration, particularly those that have been caused by the Public Officer, please do not hesitate to come to us.