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2017 was without a most crowned year and one of today’s Crown Feature is one of the many reasons. She is one of the hardest working personalities in the media industry and although you might not know it yet, she’s your new favorite. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the goddess of all skills. Meet Daala Oruwari.
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For the sake of our readers who might not know a lot about the goddess, kindly introduce yourself.
Hi guys, My full name is Oruwari Kaine Daala. A lot of my friends call me “The goddess of SKILLZ” gotten majorly because of my ability to draw, shade and paint from my dad who is a way better artist than I am. Asides the fact that I’m a visual/fine artist, I’m also a graphic artist, makeup artist, basket ball player, rapper, singer, dancer, television presenter, model… the list goes on.
Wow! You really do do it all! Most of us, however, know you because of your presenting work. How did you get started?
Well, I attended the University of Lagos where I studied mass communication but I would still say that presenting as a career found me and its kind of a funny story. My career started off in secondary school, Queen’s College, when at first I wanted to be a radio presenter because I was extremely shy and didn’t think I would be able to stand and speak in front of people.
So back then, when mobile networks started the free calling at night, I would practice by having girls from different dormitories come to me and have me call their boyfriends and pretend that I was radio presenter and host of a midnight lovers song request show calling from a radio station where their girlfriends had called in and wanted to find out if they were cheating on them or not.
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A few months later on, while my mom was working at Planet One and was managing a lot of events they had, I happened to meet the one and only Denrele Edun and got to watch him work his magic first hand and that was when I knew exactly what I wanted to do as a career.
So when one day a friend of mine who was just starting off his television programme on TV called SNAP! asked if I would like to be his presenter, terrified as I still was I said yes! and with some help from Denrele Edun and VJ Adams who were always on hand to answer the millions of questions I had to ask, that’s how it started off.
How long have you been a presenter, both underground and professionally?
Safe to say, I have been a presenter for a little over 5 years. Working with SNAP TV, Hip TV and now Ovation TV.
How would you describe your presenting style?
I would say my style of presenting is very descriptive and simple. I find that in life most of the most beautiful things are the simplest and that is the style of presenting I chose to stick to.
Whenever I have to be in front of a camera the first thing I do is close my eyes, breathe and take in the ambience of the event because the main point of being there is to draw the audience into what the event feels like while they sit in front of their televisions, iPads or smart phones in the comfort of their homes.
As a presenter, what kind of events or shows do you prefer to feature in?
My first love was and always will be red carpets (or whatever color they come in these days). This is mostly because when people come for the event, they are excited to be there and who better to catch their excitement than me? I love being on the carpet so I can greet them and give them the warmest reception at the show and of course check out what they are wearing.
What is your favorite event that you’ve covered?
I have done so many shows and events I can’t choose one. However, the most notable ones would be interviewing at the 57th Annual Grammy awards in 2015, getting to interview Jah Rule and Ashanti, meeting Amber Rose and Trey Songz in Nigeria, Akon at Reggie Rockstones club in Ghana, covering Late President Nelson Mandela’s burial in South Africa and interviewing his family at their home.
What event was the toughest for you to take charge?
To be very honest, the toughest event for me to take charge of was the 2015/2016 Ovation Carol. The reason is pretty simple. Coming from an entertainment background where I had to host youth oriented events and being thrown onto a stage where I had the likes of my boss, Chief Dele Momodu, the former president of Ghana – His excellency John Mahama, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Mr. Femi Otedola, Chief Razak and Mrs Shade Okoya and other notable dignitaries as well as Heads of States, Governors, Politicians and other notable dignitaries was very different for me. Thankfully, it went quite well at the end of the day.
Tell us about those early days. Were you always nervous and if you were, how did you get around your nerves?
Of course! The initial days when I had to be in front of the camera and I was still learning the ropes were very frightening. That coupled with meeting people I always thought I would only see on television didn’t help as well but now a lot of them are friends of mine and whenever we see on the carpet or at events, its like catching up instead of work.
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What is the most extreme change to your personality (hair, body weight, etc) that you have done to prepare for an interview or a special hosting?
Oh this one is easy! I cut my hair off. Not just cut it off but cut if off completely. Like scraped it to the very last strand, Amber Rose style.
Who are your role models in the entertainment industry ?
Definitely the people who started me off in this business that I find myself. Denrele Edun for his dress sense, versatility and uniqueness. Somehow he has managed to stay relevant all these years and he transcends what every presenter dreams to attain in their career. I also admire VJ Adams, who is probably the presenter with the tightest schedule in the industry. I admire his work ethic as he also recently added a TV show, radio show, clothing line and music career to the list of things he has on his plate.
The Nigerian entertainment space is fast growing, where do you see it in few years to come?
The entertainment industry has definitely come a very long way and still has a very long way to go. I must say, however, that we are doing fantastic at the moment. Gone are the days when music would only be heard on the shores of the country where it was produced. Now we have international artistes working with our homegrown acts.
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We have artistes and celebrities abroad jamming to music from our country and solidifying our stand in the entertainment world as a force to be reckoned with. Even the Nollywood movie industry has a hand in putting us on the entertainment map with more engaging movies with better story telling and production quality. I can’t wait to see the levels we attain in the next few years.
Give a word or two of advice to upcoming presenters who aspire to be like you.
The advice i would give anyone trying to make it in the industry is to not get distracted by the grandeur of the job itself, so much so that they forget the real reason for being there in the first place. I have seen people who come into the industry more excited to take pictures with celebrities than do proper research, ask and take information from them that would be of interest to their viewers. Make sure you get a solid brand that can stand the test of time.
Any words for your fans out there?
Fans? Nah! I only have demigods and demigoddesses and I just want them to know that I am thankful for them and eternally grateful for the love and support that I get. The reason I wake up every morning is so that I can do what I do and put smiles on their faces and if not anything I owe that to them.
A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
A penguin in Nigeria? And it’s wearing a sombrero? It must have come across the ocean through the Lekki / Ikoyi/ Lagos island flood and bought the sombrero from Mr. Eazi to shade itself from the scorching Lagos sun and it will say “A ye le o ibosi o!”