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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Azuka Ogujuiba-Thisday journalist- tells all pathetic viral interview with Tiwa Savage

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How did you get to interview Tiwa ?
I was supposed to interview her three
weeks ago. And she was supposed to
get permission to use Jamil's picture
with the pampers picture.
I had been following up for a while
unsuccessfully. i believe she was
reluctant because of the issues going
on in the marriage.
After Teejay's rant in the morning, I
was asked to check online and saw
TeeJay's rant. I called Tiwa and told her
what I heard and asked about the
interview we were supposed to have. I
later called Elohor both lines were busy
throughout the day. I was finally able
to get Elohor about 10pm and said I
need to speak to Tiwa.But she replied
that she doesnt think Tiwa will talk.
Around 2am my phone rang and I saw
Tiwa's caller ID. And it was herPA saying
she's ready to do the interview and
asked If I can come she would be very
grateful. So I had to get my younger
brother to come with me because of
the time. So they came to pick me from
home and we went to Tiwa's house. It
was a bit scary because of that time of
the night.
The interview was meant for ThisDay
not PulseTV but her management
decided to release it to Pulse instead. I
was quite upset about that.
What state did you meet her ?
She was in a bad state. Like someone in
mourning. Her eyes were swollen. She
was in tears. I met her with Elohor in
her bedroom. And she gave me her
phone to read the exchange between
her and her husband and from my
conclusion she wanted peace and was
asking for them to part ways amicably
and be good friend's for Jamil's sake. I
saw her photos from the miscarriage
and that brought tears to my eyes.
People said why did she take pictures.
But I believe it was because she knew
who she married. There were pictures
of her in a stretcher.
How well do you know them ?
I met Tiwa before she came to Nigeria.
We became friends when she relocated
and I did an interview with her. And
shortly threreafter she introduced me
to TJ as her manager then and we got
talking. He showed a lot of dedication
in making sure Tiwa progressed in her
I got along well with TJ even more than
Tiwa. I feel very heartbroken this
happened. I was involved in their
wedding. I was the only journalist who
flew to their wedding in Dubai.
Why did you show no emotion
during the the interview ?
I had done my crying before I went on
air. I told myself I had to be hard and it
was deliberate. And her management
insisted it had to be recorded so that
she would not be misquoted. I am not
a camera person but I decided to go
along with their conditions because I
wanted the exclusive. I felt she trusted
me enough to give me the exclusive.
I'm very nervous in front of the
camera. It wasn't easy for me because I
was talking to a friend. I like TJ. I like
Tiwa. It was tough I was trying to
remove my emotions.
What would you say to your critics ?
I read some of the feedback and
insults. I am not a TV journalist. I am a
print journalist. I am not trained to be
before a camera. I understand the
criticism was because of the love for
Tiwa so I'm not really bothered
because I love her too. So believe it
was because I didn't show her the love
which her fans expected.
After the interview was over we still sat
down and talked and consoled her.
There were so many memes about my
expression. People read me wrong. I
was trying not to cry. I was in shock.
But cyber bullying doesn't move me. I
have a thick skin. Tiwa knows I like her
genuinely so I am ok with what
anybody else says, We have mutual
respect. She even called me later on to
tell me not to let the insults bother me.
Some people even commended me on
my ability to detach my emotions.I
understand her fans coming after me
because they think I'm an enemy.
what else would you have asked ?
I think I would have loved to speak
with TJ. I read him and Tiwa's exchange
on her phone. Tiwa didn't want war. I
would have asked him how he allowed
situation to deteriorate so horribly. I
remember how he used to be so
protective of her, she was like an egg to
him. So it is so shocking things have
gotten to this stage.
Do you think too much was shared ?
The woman I saw that night was
broken. I really don't want to blame
her. She was a woman who had tried
so much. She was in a terrible state. I
had to ask her why she was crying like
someone had died. She has covered so
much from the public like when she
covered his debts for the
car,wristwatch etc because she was
scared the media would get hold of all
the information.
I dont believe she did it to revenge.
Tiwa is a soft soul. She is not a bitter
person. She probably did it to save her
brand. She's the biggest female brand
in Nigeria maybe even Africa.
Do you think this will affect her
endorsements ?
I don't think so. I hope not. She was
paid 2.5m for a show with Remy Martin
and the money never got to her
because it was with TJ.
Who do you think is at fault ?
I don't really want to support anyone
but I know them both. I know Tiwa will
not fabricate things that never
happened. If have to stand with
anyone I will stand with Tiwa.
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