BN Saturday Celebrity Interview: On Air Personality & TV Presenter, Toke Makinwa takes the other side of the Mic on BN! Her Career, Her Style, Her Passions & More

Posted on Saturday, June 16th, 2012 at 9:07 AM

By Adeola Adeyemo

Toke Makinwa is every bit a charmer. With her confident and sexy voice, great looks and wonderful stage presence, she warms her way into the hearts of her listeners, viewers and audience earning her an enviable reputation as an on air personality, TV Presenter and event host.

She started out her career as a radio presenter on Cool Fm as a teenager back in 1999. Although her stay there was short lived, she cherished the experience and for several years, nursed her dream of returning back to the Radio.

Now an On Air Personality with Rhythm 93.7Fm, she captures her listeners’ attention on her morning show, the Morning Drive, where she gives her listeners a healthy dose of information and inspiration to start the day alongside her co-host. She is also the co-host of the soon to be launched TV show – ‘3 Live Chicks’ where she discusses a wide range of topics with other presenters – Oreka Godis & Tosyn Bucknor.

Toke is also a host on the popular Flytime TV show and was the co-host of the 2012 edition of Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) beauty contest.

She speaks about her career journey, passions and more in this exclusive interview with Adeola Adeyemo.

Many people know you as an On Air Personality and TV Presenter. But I’d like to know more. Tell me more about the real you.
Toke Makinwa is a regular everyday girl. I’ve got sisters and a brother. I love making friends, I love being heard ‘attention seeker’ and I guess that’s what makes me good at what I do.

How old are you?
I’d be 28 in November.

What was your growing up like and educational background?
Growing up was fun-tastic as I like to stay. I was born in Abuja so I started schooling in Abuja before my parents moved down to Lagos. I had my secondary school in Federal Government Girls College, Oyo and I studied English Language at University of Lagos.

Toke’s Career Life
You host shows on Radio and TV and I must say you do both quite well. Which one came first – Radio or TV?
Radio is my first love.

How and when did you get on to Radio?
In 1999, Cool Fm had just opened and there was this teenage program that showcased the life of teenagers and topics that interest them like sex education, being good at home, being good in school and it was broadcast every Saturday morning. It was short lived because my parents didn’t think it was a career then, they didn’t even think it was cool being on radio.

So you had some resistance from your parents initially…
I got the job and I didn’t tell anyone at home. My Mum was driving in the car one day and she heard my voice on radio and that was it. She didn’t even let me resign formally because she didn’t allow me go back there. I just stopped. Sometimes I wonder how I was on the radio for four months without my Mum hearing of it. But one fateful day she heard and that was the last time I ever went into the studio of Cool Fm.

What did you do afterwards?
I went to the University but somewhere deep down inside of me, I always wanted to go back to radio. I loved how you could express yourself and have people listen to you so I thought of giving it another try but it didn’t come quite as I planned because when I was done with University, I packed my bags and moved to London. I wanted to pursue the entertainment career before I came back home but that wasn’t successful.

Tell me about your comeback into the industry. How did you get on to presenting the Morning Drive on Rhythm 93.7Fm.
Let’s fast forward to 2010. My sister told me Rhythm was rebranding and looking for On Air Personalities and she suggested that I try it out. I auditioned in Rhythm and other radio stations but Rhythm got back to me first.

You’ve successfully crossed over from Radio to TV with your shows on Flytime TV which is mostly broadcast online. Tell me more about Flytime and how you got on the show.
Flytime TV is a production company.  It was Cecil Hammond’s goal to have his own network. We met up and talked about the ideas he had for Flytime TV as a TV station and I said ‘Why not?’ let me try out for that. Our relationship started with 3 Live Chicks. There are a lot of TV presenters out there but he wanted radio presenters on a show together because somehow, people take the words of radio presenters as bond. So he thought to himself, let’s cast 3 radio presenters.

3 Live Chicks – There has been considerable anticipation building up to the debut of the show. Tell me more about the show and what you feel about it?
We decided to start working on this show where we could talk about lifestyle, politics, we’d have celebrity guests and talk about things that are happening. Just 3 women chatting on and on and also we’d have a guest to talk with. We have finished the first season and it’s absolutely beautiful. I’ve seen a couple of episodes and I can’t wait for the world to watch it. I host it with Tosyn Bucknor and Oreka Godis.

I’d like to know, what is the relationship between Rhythm 93.7 Fm and Flytime TV?
There like sister companies. Cecil Hammond is Ben Bruce’s nephew but Flytime is Flytime, Rhythm is Rhythm.

How do you balance your roles on Radio and TV well and still excel in both?
It’s quite hectic but I’m the first person to say if you love what you do, you’d never have to work a day in your life. For me, the energy comes from just loving the concept. Even when I try to relax, I’m always thinking of new ideas. That is my passion; I don’t see it as work.

On your wake up show, the Morning Drive, you bring up a number of interesting topics for listeners to talk about. What has been the most memorable topic you’ve discussed on the show in recent times?
I would say recently, the Dana Plane Crash, God rest the souls of the people that we lost. Unfortunately a friend of mine was on that flight so having to read out the manifest, I broke down on air.

Please do accept my condolences. On a lighter note, what is the most embarrassing moment you’ve ever had while on air?
Not turning off the mic and just chatting. It’s happened to me one too many times and it hasn’t been pretty. It’s so funny how you think no one is listening but they never miss that. Sometimes it gets on Twitter and someone Tweets that the people on Rhythm have forgotten to turn off their microphone, tune in now to hear. I might just be saying something I don’t want people listening in to hear and before you know it, it’s out in the open.

For those who admire what you do and have aspirations to follow in a similar path, how fulfilling is your career as a TV & Radio personality.
150% if there is anything like that. It’s OK to think about the gains or what it has to offer you but the first thing is you must love what you do. David Beckham gets paid so much money for tapping football which is probably one of his hobbies. You must see it as something you cannot live without. The fulfillment has to come from you chasing that dream and it’s quite amazing what you get back from it as well.

That leads me to my next question. How financially rewarding is your career?
A radio presenter would tell you that apart from your monthly salary, the job comes with a lot of perks. You have hype, jingles, you have companies listening to your voice and saying ‘oh, I want that person to represent my brand’. In a month you could make so much more than your regular income. But with TV, we are getting there.

Fashion, Romance & Controversies
As a TV Personality, your appearance at public events is usually something a lot of people take note of. How would you describe your fashion style and how have you been able to cope with the spotlight?
I love fashion, I breathe fashion, I eat fashion. I could be very occupied reading a fashion magazine. For me, fashion evolves, it’s an everyday thing. I like what I feel comfortable in, what makes me feel young, what interprets who I am. If the public would see that I’m fashionable I’d say thank you for that.

Do you have a stylist who picks out your clothes and accessories for social events?
I have a couple of stylists actually and I have become friends with a number of Nigerian designers as well. It’s OK to have a stylist but I would advice everyone to have a personal relationship with designers too. I’d have to give it to them, Nigerian designers work really hard but sometimes the stylist who puts clothes together gets more recognition than the designer. I use Tianah’s Place, Lucy Love, Bolaji Animashaun and the designers that over the years I’ve become good friends with- April by Kunbi, I really love her; Phunk Afrique, Moofa.

Would you rather not have a stylist and just have the freedom to pick out your clothes yourself?
Because of the nature of my job, I would because sometimes I might think this is right but a professional’s eye would look at it and say this is not appropriate for that event. Of course I cannot say I would not use a stylist, I would always use a stylist. Even when you get clothes off designers, it’s always good to have someone that you can run it by.

I’m used to seeing you in this particular hair style, long weaves with a side or center parting. When are you going to try out something different?
I like to grow my hair to start with. When you’re approaching 30 or 35, you do not want to wake up one morning and find out that because of regular perming, your hair is all gone. Sometimes when I do not want to perm my hair, I close the parting up and I think the side parting suits me. I’ve got a big forehead which I love. I’m an Ondo girl. If Tyra Banks was a Nigerian, she’d be an Ondo girl. Bangs fit me as well but maybe I’d change it soon. I’m willing to try new things as long as I don’t have to bleach my hair.

Would you be willing to try out a short hair do for instance?
Because I’m so short and tiny, I think I would disappear under the hair.

You came under the media spotlight some weeks ago when you were quoted by several blogs and websites saying that you called popular blogger, Linda Ikeji a gossip and not a role model. However, you didn’t give much of a response when it happened. Why?
It’s been a while and I didn’t respond when it all happened. I’m someone who likes to take the high road. Someone said to me, when there is a hundred percent negativity, ignore 99% and that 1% you rise up to, make sure it’s worth it. I didn’t think it was worth it, I didn’t think there was anything to say.

Most people only got to read a few lines of what you supposedly said on your show that morning. Were you quoted out of context?
Anyone who listened to the radio that morning would testify to what really happened. I have a Radio Show, she has a Blog and we are both responsible for passing out information. I respect what she does; lots of people go there even from outside the country to stay in touch with what is happening in Nigeria. This is my Radio show, my space and I believe it’s also my duty to educate people out there.
We were talking about Nigeria and how the reading culture is declining. I’m guilty as well, I said it on the show that I can’t remember the last time that I really read a book and we were trying to recall days when we had books like Animal Farm, The Gods Are Not To Blame. It’s so heart breaking when a 12 year-old girl might sit in here and Wole Soyinka would walk past and she’d probably not know who he is. We were talking about why people find it easier to read the average website and not a book. I think if she had heard it, she’d probably have been proud of the fact that she was rated among the people that I mentioned like Perez Hilton, TMZ, Media Take Out. I read them, I’m a radio presenter I should read them but I would not encourage the average 15 year-old to go on Media Take Out or TMZ or Linda Ikeji’s Blog. It’s not a personal attack on her person because her blog is a brand. For instance, if you sell cigarettes for a living and someone says cigarettes is bad for the health, why would you think that the person is trying to disrespect you as a person?
The name of her blog is Linda Ikeji’s Blog. It’s a brand. I don’t know her as a person, I don’t know her doctrines, I don’t know who she is so why would I attack her personality?

She gave quite a response on her blog to your comment. How do you feel about her response?
She’s a business woman and I could see business written all over it and as far as I’m concerned, if she felt that was an avenue to tell a story to the world, I can’t knock her hustle. It’s business.

You attended the same University and studied the same course with Linda but graduated about two years apart. Didn’t you know her back then?
This is the first time I’m actually hearing that. A lot of people didn’t like me back in University, maybe I was just one of those girls that she didn’t like.

Would you call yourself a role model?
It’s relative. I think who you think is a role model would be different from who another person would think is a role model. I’m not trying to be Mother Theresa, I’m trying to reach out to people as best as I can. It’s an individual thing. I love The Kardashians, most people don’t. But I see business. I think that they are hard working.

Let’s talk about some mushy stuff now. Are you a big fan of romantic marriage proposals?
I’m a lover of love, I wrote the book called love. I’ve been dreaming about my wedding since I was 5. Yes, I believe in fairy tales, I believe in happy ever-afters. I don’t plan what is going to happen after the happy ever after but just give me that.

What is your ideal marriage proposal?
Growing up, I did dream that I would get proposed to on Oprah Winfrey Show. I dreamt that the guy would have all the rings out at Oprah and would tell me he is taking me to lunch, leave me  in a hotel room, send my dress up and I’d wear this lovely dress. Then he’d send a chauffeur to pick me up to come and meet him at work and somehow we’d be parked at the back corner of Harper Studios, and I’d walk in through the back door not knowing where I am and the next thing is I’d find myself on set with Oprah. Then she’d ask me “do you know where you are” and I’d say “I was supposed to meet my fiancé somewhere”. Then I’d see all my family members in the audience and my fiancé comes out, gets on his knees and there are people carrying the rings and he says “take any ring of your choice. Marry me.”

You sound very dreamy. Let’s come back to earth now. It’s all over the news that you recently got engaged. Tell me, how did he propose?
It was romantic, that’s all I’d say. Not Oprah Winfrey Show kind of romantic but maybe when I have my own talk show, we’d renew our vows on my show.

How soon are you going to walk down the aisle with your fiancé?
I’ve been planning my wedding since I was 5 and I want everything to be perfect so I’m still planning and when I’m ready I would let you know.

It was great chatting with Toke Makinwa and from Bellanaija.com, we wish her the very best!

She would be giving some of her time to respond to questions and comments from readers. So if you want to pass any message across to her or ask her a question, drop it in the comment box and she will respond to your question.

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    • hephzibah June 16, 2012 at 9:25 AM

      Interesting. Love her bubbly personality. And one thing we have in common , RADIO! I wish she coulda stayed back a while to respond to some of our questions. I’ve got some.

    • zino June 16, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      Hahahaha I guess massive attacks will start. Especially that line of “alot of people didn’t like me in school”. Madam toke if you are a public figure, never give room to peeps to lash out on you…
      Keep them guessing. And your role model should be “Beyonce” not the kadashians…. They aren’t taking seriously, even with all the wealth they have amassed for themselves. My 2 cents

    • Bianca June 16, 2012 at 9:57 AM

      Pretty lady. Nice interviewer.

    • tkz June 16, 2012 at 9:57 AM

      Oreka Godis is very pretty!

    • UsaveOne June 16, 2012 at 9:58 AM

      Mmhhh! Nice, I like the first pics…

      Check.. http://usaveone.blogspot.com

    • Chantelle Gidi June 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM

      Lmao nice one dear..

    • Icantlie June 16, 2012 at 10:32 AM

      Toke not true. All that hair drowns you and hides your beauty. Shorter hair will do you more justice. Interesting you studied English at Unilag would never have guessed with your opening response to the first question. And “I’d be 28 in November” unless Bella naija is responsible for killing your English degree.

      Congratulations on your engagement. Keep doing you and keep it 100

    • Toke Makinwa June 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      Hi hephzibah you can ask any question, I will do my best to respond. Thank you for commenting as well.
      @icantlie lol ok I will try short weaves but please give me your contact address and number so that I can find you if it doesnt fit. The interview was conducted on a midget disc/tape recorder. Thanks for your comment

      • ajoke June 16, 2012 at 6:35 PM

        if those people think she is saucy then they must be razz and who are they to correct her?pls can i correct you on something?leave Toke Makinwa alone and go face your own life.

    • Toke Makinwa June 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      @Zino that was a joke.. If you were not so fired up you would laugh it off. No one goes around looking for people who do not like them. Plus the kardashians/Beyonce …hmmm I think it is a personal thing. Thank you

      TM

      • Na so June 19, 2012 at 1:04 AM

        Girl! Ill say this for you…you are brave. Very Brave.

        • Blossom June 21, 2012 at 12:05 AM

          Pls, wait oh wait oh wait oh. Did Toke implicitly just compare herself to Beyonce and the Kardasians??

          HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • babygirl June 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      Nigerians we are so quick to condemn. As long as she is not hurting anybody, why not encourage her. So much hate, this is why we cannot grow as a country…..

      • lala June 16, 2012 at 9:28 PM

        I really like toke makinwa i listened to her from the very first day ik osakioduwa introduced her on rhythm. she has a past just like everyone and whether she bleaches is no bodies business neither should it be a basis to judge someone. lots of nigerians bleach and it shouldnt be a criteria to judge someone based. a few of you say her accent is fake, at least we can hear and understand what she says unlike some nigerian. all of you that hate her what is the reasoning behind it? so loosen up and live a little, if you dont like her then dont listen to her show or read articles about her.

    • Ann June 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      Toke Makinwa you are so funny…. I could not stop laughing at the Oprah part. In your dreams Abi? Congrats and keep inspiring people.

    • hephzibah June 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      Ohh Toke Makinwa thanks for responding. First off, I’m currently a Radio presenter, somewhere in the North-central, I want to get more education in that field, as it isn’t my First degree, any suggestions/recommendation? Secondly, I follow you on twitter, a ff back would be fab, mostly so I can DM you. Plus, I’m 5ft3 and I wore my hair short, for a while, it suited me just fine. Try it! *smiles* here’s my twitter handle @chiomaEN.(This isn’t an advert people)

    • LPS June 16, 2012 at 1:00 PM
    • Ann June 16, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      Sorry but me thinks you guys are jealous. Goddddamit what is it? Morally wrong? Who are you to say such? I wish Bella could reveal all this Internet thugs. I am so pained. Her career was talked about and obviously she is good at what she does. Her accent is not fake just because she doesn’t sound razz. I want to move to Nigeria. I have been planning my move for 3 years now and people like we have above scare me. If I start my business how would it grow? Please you people are the morally wrong people quick to take people apart is mt the right way forward. If the way she speaks irritates you, why don’t you change the station. Haba I am embarrassed highly embarrassed. I watched the interviews down she even spoke Yoruba.
      Toke I am proud of you, please ignore the haters. You know all the right things to say so I will not even bother advising you. Do what yu feel is right before God. If you can go to bed at night and feel accomplished, carry on. You are already blessed you know that.

    • Chi June 16, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      Toke please ignore these jealous ladies. Being someone considered beautiful myself I will tell you that God gave me sisters as a blessings. Outsiders will always hate. After reading the attack you received on LI blog it only made me like and respect you. Glad you ignore that nonsense. Rise above the hate. You look lovely!

    • busayo sojirin June 16, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      Miss sophisticated Toke, keep up with the good work, OAP toh bad gan

    • Yetunde June 16, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      I have so much admiration and respect for Toke Makinwa. All the things you see around are lies. What is fact for me? I form my Own Opinion and I will share this here. Toke you may not even remember me, I was at the MBGN show in Benin. Remember the group of girls you met when you came off stage? We were trying to take pictures and you offered to take our pictures instead of us struggling to balance the camera. You were walking to change but you offered. You are so down to earth and nice. Many celebrities don’t like speaking to people unless the people recognise them, we knew who you were and when you said here let me take that for you guys and even admired our outfits we were stunned that’s why we fell silent. I admire your story. God bless you

    • Babes June 16, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      Nice article, your personality came out in your interview. Keep up The good work

    • iceking June 16, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      Before I use to like Toke on a 50% rate,but after this interview am liking her on a 85% rate…….I think ladies should stop condeming each other out of mere jealousy….if she is bleaching and look this cool,pls I wanna bleach too……anyway most naija peepz go with the crowd when it comes to commenting,so am not surprise.Tokstar keep d good job up,God bless U real good……….the oprah part is so amazing,hmmmmmm

    • iamfascinating June 16, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      I think she’s great at her job.

      Olay Regenerist, Likas soap and Diana Stalder Papaya soap now available at http://www.thestunninglady.blogspot.com

    • Toke Makinwa June 16, 2012 at 2:19 PM

      Hello everyone
      @hephzibah u are already on the right track. I did not study Mass Communication. I majored in English language and with every job, you grow and learn. I think you have the right attitude. You are already a radio presenter, you have the passion for it, research is key, be on top of everything happening and be well grounded in all departments. I still struggle in terms of Sport names and stories but I learn everyday. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes I make a lot too.I just learn from them and carry on with the ‘getbetter’ attitude. Find your comfort zones and develop that. You can try out some broadcasting courses too. God guide you on the path and awesome to meet you. Please be safe out there in the North.suggested.*Wink*
      Thank you all

      TM

    • Miss Lady June 16, 2012 at 2:50 PM

      Toke, you’re a beautiful woman and good job with following your passion. Congratulations on the engagement, that your Oprah dream is something else *LOL* …but hey, we gotta dream big.
      People! How can you tell someone is bleaching eh? Gosh! Its like some have sensors for these things. I look at her and her knuckles don’t look dark to me, all I see is a beautiful woman oh…maybe its just my natural attitude of only seeing the good in people.
      Toke, no questions for you ma’am. Keep doing your thing. Cheers!

    • TobechiD June 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      Nigerians let people grow.If a person is doing something positive, then be their best cheer leaders. Toke Makinwa, keep acing it.
      http://tobechidaniel.blogspot.com

    • Austino Da Whizchap! June 16, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      Mee….Am One of Her Number One Fan and Listener. I Just Love Her. She No Just Get Una Time…..Hater!

    • Gimmer June 16, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      Toke babe…I love you loads. Pls shake these haters off ok dear. Love you to bits.

    • aydaa June 16, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      I love Toke Makinwa. She is a shining star and highly favoured, that’s very clear. Keep doing you babe. U rock!!! #TeamToke

    • bsafa June 16, 2012 at 6:08 PM

      women, Na wa ooo!!!! well it a good thing they talk about you Toke that shows you are existing and living, when pple dnt talk abt you are living but not existing so you haters keep talking and Toke keep growing. Am sure if they were to upload pics of some pple it will be d end of discussion. LOSERS…..

    • ajoke June 16, 2012 at 6:26 PM

      Toke baby i dont know you personaly but i love you to pieces,moi dear you are doing great at your age o and haters can crash.pls can you recommend your cream to me cos i want to have a flawless skin like you o lol.jokes apart i can actually see where the hatred is coming from but pls ipako o ko suti ori elegan lo baje,ignore all these never do well o and live your life the way you want to in as much you are not causin g harm to the common man carry go.babe i just gbadun your swagger.

    • topseeeee June 16, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      pple sha……………. mi like her sha……….

    • faith June 16, 2012 at 7:01 PM

      i love her…

    • ike bass June 16, 2012 at 7:21 PM

      am marvel by this beauty. not just beauty alone but with brain. Toke keep up with the good work. We love you

    • Bola June 16, 2012 at 7:26 PM

      “Now unto Toke, I am sure you are used to these attacks, seeing that your career has taken off, I know you are not discouraged by them.Here’s to more successful years!”

    • onyxxxxx June 16, 2012 at 8:50 PM

      infact.. Naija people ehnnn. ah. Kilodem??? ogini? He who has not sinned, cast the first stone.. all of you judging people, should prepare to be judged.. ah ah. if she decides to bleach her skin.. ehen?? wetin? is it your own? is she the first?? will she be the last??sigh. Everyone has their life to live. If seeing her face is paining you.. please close your eyes, look away. if her voice annoys you, change channel. is it by force?. ha. awon aye. Anyway that’s the problem with public life. One should be prepared for it.

      Toke, I wish you the best in all your endeavors. the sky is your limit. Keep getting better at what you do and keep your head up.

      O.

    • lala June 16, 2012 at 9:15 PM

      im so sure you’re so perfect please come and educate the rest of us imperfect beings on how to be perfect :)

    • haha June 16, 2012 at 9:38 PM

      seen a few of her interviews,… the girl knows how to mke her interviewees comfortable which is good however i have noticed that her background research is below par.

    • hot momma n future gastronomic star June 16, 2012 at 11:13 PM

      i like tokstar and i like linda. We all have our paths to take in life and we are all different so people live with it. Great job toke and great job linda P.s they are also two beautiful women. fair and dark doesn’t matter.

    • Amanda June 16, 2012 at 11:41 PM

      Your comments are always on point. Toke Makinwa keep doing what you’re doing; let your haters be your MOTIVATORS.

    • mike June 17, 2012 at 12:03 AM

      Very intelligent Lady. She n Omalicha re killer squad (u’ll laugh 2 death). God bless her hustle. Corona jor o!

    • KingsQueen June 17, 2012 at 12:54 AM

      *yawn* i’m just gonna stay cute and keep it moving!!!

    • L.A Chick June 17, 2012 at 1:08 AM

      Cute an stylish :)

    • ao June 17, 2012 at 4:53 AM

      I read the interview only and based on what I read, I don’t understand the level of animosity towards this young woman. My advice to Toke is to do you and don’t even waste your time commenting on those who do not wish you well.

    • Anonymous June 17, 2012 at 5:32 AM

      Wow I just wanna say this was eloquent, you stated your opinion and it respectful. Just saying.

    • T June 17, 2012 at 6:00 AM

      they say don’t judge a book by its cover. I don’t know toke but i was beginning to form an opinion of her based on what all her ‘haters’ were saying. But I am calling on all her ‘haters’ to watch that interview she had with 9ice. What a down to earth chic! More grease to you Toke!

    • beecee June 17, 2012 at 7:21 AM

      The most intelligent and unbiased response. U said it all! Case closed. Meanwhile, will like to be your friend #wink#

    • iba June 17, 2012 at 8:41 AM

      i didn’t know you until you dissed my fav blogger but I’ve read this interview. you are a sound girl too. u go girl. loving her style

    • Denny June 17, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      Well put, Lady! I really think that is the crux of the matter. Naija girls love to hate if someone is succesful. that sjust a fact of life but for a WHOLE HEAP of naija girls to hate on one person….no smoke without fire I say.

      Wishing her all the best with all her endevours in life. no ifs no buts.

      Bella and co, hopefully you’ll post this comment. 3rd time lucky for meee!

    • Denny June 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM

      Chai…with friends like you, who needs enemies. If you know her personally why come and drop sly underhand comments on here? Even if she isnt you’re close friend, I’m sure you’d still give her one fake hello and air kiss/hug when you next see her.

    • sweetie June 17, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      ON FREAKING POINT!!!! Thank you Nma

    • sweetie June 17, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      TOKE abeg what cream do you use ejo?….no time abeg!

      • partyrider June 17, 2012 at 10:28 PM

        looooool

    • Debra June 17, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      I have known toke from way back. She’s fake, a user, stuck up and an ass kisser! Only sucks up to and respectsrich kids and ppl with a name. Pls where are your friends from way back that you ditched cos they are now ‘razz’? Them amara, jennifer and d rest of ur envy crew. U claim u ‘moved’ to London. Hmmmmm if livin in London 4 less than a year with a visit visa is relocating there, then I’d bet all d ppl dat visit London too have ‘moved’ there.
      Ps: pls declare ur real age NOT this ‘football age’ thanks.

      • Me June 18, 2012 at 3:33 AM

        Na wa, free the girl and free her from the past, where it seems u’re still lingering.. I’m not a fan, but if her fakeness is moving her up, she no mind. Like she said she’s all about business, and she is doing what works for her.

    • hansel praise June 17, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      hmmm! just pick the grains and dispose of the chaffs.

    • christy June 17, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      After all ds comments,it relieve my nerve from all dis Bombing going on in this country,atleast we are all alive to hate or like.

    • Ladyannie June 17, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      Most of the negative comments are from fat, jealous, lowlife, rejected women who have not achieved anything useful in the life. Get over it ladies you can’t be like Toke. She is an amazing beautiful woman. I love her fake hair, fake nails fake height,bleaching(as some charcoal people are moaning about her complexion). Haters go and jump off third mainland bridge KMT. Keep up with the good work babe!!!

    • bsafa June 17, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      Debra Na wa ooo, shooo c as u finish d Babe. Haba no matter what she did u for no open her out like dat for public comment biko you know how pple could be even you knw her way back. we are humans and born to be different and weak. I guess that’s her weakness n unfortunately we cant change it n she cnt either cos probably being as asskisser has helped her 2b whr she is today.

    • Ola June 17, 2012 at 3:30 PM

      It’s amazing how people know other people more than the people know themselves. Granted everyone is entitled to an opinion, however it remains only their opinion and not necessarily the truth.

      Nobody on planet earth is loved 100% by everyone. Even the negative comment writers on this post. If you doubt me, put up a piece about yourself and see what claws you’d bring out.

      If someone is progressing in life and you feel like you knew them in the past: therefore you judge thier present based on their past……then, you might want to rethink your judgement.

      It is not complusory to always have something negative to say.

      There’s always good, bad, beautiful and ugly in everyone of us, thst’s what makes us unique. Toke I admire you and your passion. Keep up the good work……..

    • marvel June 17, 2012 at 3:45 PM

      @ Debra. Wharris all dis hate? Whether she relocated for 4 days, weeks or 4 months doesn’t really concern you now? She left Tamara, Amara or Amala for greener pastures. So, what? You can’t hold to ALL your childhood friends. And, who knows? Maybe like you, they kept calling the poor child fake. Leave her alone. Some ppl like her just so.

    • Kudi June 17, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      I went to unilag too, no one is perfect, I made mistake too and I av dropped all the rass friends that will pull me down, if a friend refuses to grow should I let the person slow me? Debra get a life, I know TOKE well in sch, her age is not your biz, u disgust me debra, get a life. God bless u girl for bn a better person. 6:30 on the radio every morning! U go girl may Allah continue to bless your hustle

    • Naimah June 17, 2012 at 5:33 PM

      God bless you toke…..

    • MrsD June 17, 2012 at 5:54 PM

      Nice! I follow Toke on twitter, and she’s like the sweetest girl ever. Very godly too…

    • Beebee June 17, 2012 at 6:38 PM

      Hi Toke…. guess wat?! i love the Kardashians too cos all i see in them is the Business aspect!!! people need to learn from them….

      I also listen to you and Nanya Diali on the Morning Drive..xoxo

    • rootysnap June 17, 2012 at 7:05 PM

      i love you toke makinwa!

    • naijababe June 17, 2012 at 8:37 PM

      Toke is a finebabe. I like her style of interview especially the one with 9ice. She’s also funny. Keep doing you, girl.

    • Ib June 17, 2012 at 9:18 PM

      *Yawns*.Ermmhh so Bellanaija where is Glory Edozien??

    • Happy June 17, 2012 at 9:54 PM

      @Debra y u mad tho????? Lmaooo!!! Newaiz toke keep doing wtchu do. Big things a gwan fi yuh. :*

    • RIRI-ROSE June 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM

      smell of beef is pungent here ooo. yl the haters r busy dissing, Toke is busy flying. Why must women badmouth their fellow women? jealousy and envy all the time. like seriously?

    • nwando June 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM

      I think Toke is a pretty girl with a charming personality. @bellanaija, I know everyone is entitled to their opinion and stuff, but do the malicious comments have to be published? #justasking

    • Kd June 18, 2012 at 3:02 AM

      Toke, abeg pls dont mind the haters even the ones that claim past friendship with u. People r always gonna hate and bad mouth when u climb up the ladder and if the person talking was truly ur friend and he feels u abandoned her, then it would have been a lot more mature to keep such thoughts to herself. Remember the kind of comments u write say a lot about the kind of person you r in d first place. If u dont like her prosperity now and claim shes stuck up then probably u never really liked her back then as well.

    • Chair June 18, 2012 at 4:21 AM

      The 9ice interview was funny. If only I could understand the exchange at the end. “Whiskey”… funny!

    • tracey June 18, 2012 at 8:07 AM

      this babe don team “yellow”.issorite

    • tweeter June 18, 2012 at 8:32 AM

      Hi Toke,
      I think you are hands down one of the best presenters in that country and I know you’ll grow even bigger by God’s grace.
      Regarding your hair, all the excess weave actually drowns you. See MoCheddah, Jada Pinkett, etc., small women with short hair vs long, the former is better. These weaves literally drown you.
      I also think it’s funny that you find the Kardashians inspiring. LOL. I guess just about anything that makes money makes sense to you.
      My question is kind of personal, why do you have a British accent that sounds deliberate? I think you are good enough without it.

    • Dor dor June 18, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      Nice one, In btw Belle, cant wait to see pictures of your Wedding that took place on Saturday..saw some of the pictures.. You look Adorable. Congrats!!

    • Seun June 18, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      She sounded pretty real to me in that interview.
      Well done and keep up the good work Toke. God be with you.
      About dem haters. pls dont waste your time reading their venomous comments! Mtchieeeeww

    • Giselle June 18, 2012 at 10:04 AM

      Cut this your pretencious bullshit toke “jackson” makinwa..i remember u havin a caustic tongue bk then in uni,chatting crap abt ur close friends..e.g Amara ur bestie back then and ur envy club crew in unilag.U re so right abt pple not liking u cos u had a really bad/nasty attitude.,i hope u ve truly changed ur flippant ways?good to knw u ve finally acheived celebrity status ,ur wanna be ways has finally paid off.Congrats

    • Hadassah June 18, 2012 at 10:56 AM

      We went to the same Uni but never talked. Didnt know alot about you anyways except you were popular. My first impression of you was however formed when i watchedyour hilarious interview with Vic O. Now, it takes raw talent to pull that off. So keep doing what you are talented at and ignore the irrelevant beefers. :)

    • Ijilola Olagbaju June 18, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      Toke Makinwa, am really proud of u, keep it up. And 4 those that says she bleached av known her 2 b light in complexn way back in Feggo. U rock Girl. Just knw dat pple will always talk abt u good or bad

    • Kemisola June 18, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      Ride on Toke, ignore the negative comments and keep your head high. Linda Ikeji is doing a good job but then shes not a role model in a any way jare. im sure her fans will soon bombard this place and crucify you but please keep your head up….buje budanu ;)

    • Boomiee June 18, 2012 at 11:49 AM

      hmm..nice interview i must say. This interview shows you in a more matured way,u know when i read the comment about people not liking you in skul, i couldnt help laughing cos she is damn right. Toke and i were in the same class but were not friends-she was an happening babe and so many people had stories to tell about her but this interview makes me like you cos really,i dont think i liked you way back in school o and funny enough we attended the same church but have never spoken. I can see a very matured lady now and i wish you all the very best in life and i must say you look good too….. Takia

    • gf June 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      pretty girl

    • shola June 18, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      i dnt knw miss toke ,,,but pls ppppppleeeeeeeee..dis hate has got 2 stop…4 christ sake……most of u keep on talking abt wat she has done ”in d past”…we all ve a past,make mistakes…..we all ve our stories..gud nd bad…so yyy re u all crucifying her….she did dis or dat in unilag…hw do u except a tennager or a girl in her early 2os to act……plssssss…u all shld move onn abeg……..Toke …dnt allow d negative comments 2 discourage u……no matter ur past or sins……God luvs u…….i wish u d very best in ur carrer!!!!!!

    • loi June 18, 2012 at 4:19 PM
    • Bukunmi June 18, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      For the mere facts dat u r frm my state, gues i lik u, u r pretty though. wish u d best dear.

    • chibugo June 18, 2012 at 7:06 PM

      @ Ann, you are sooo on point. Tee, thumbs up gurl! As you go up, so do the number of haters. keep doing your thang, girl!

    • annonymous June 18, 2012 at 9:00 PM

      Toks baby,one fact remain s dat ur haters r people dat wish they could b like u.i went to oyo and ur friend on fb.i must say u v done well for urself and we r proud of u.

    • orekan hozefat June 20, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      tokstar! ur good, av loved u ever since we were at oyo. uv always bin very jovial and friendly to every1.kip it up babes and never let anything border you. Hoze

    • Anon June 22, 2012 at 6:54 PM

      Leave d girl alone n live ur lives, Abeg. So she has a past, big deal? However, she needs to be humble n js generally learn to ignore hTers

    • olamide Ewuos0 June 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      lmao @ the Oprah proposal….girl u can dream! i tink u are a wonderful OAP i listen to you everyday on my way to work, i like pple who had dreams and made it a reality, u are one brave gal, please ignore all negative comments cos you remind a lot of pple how weak they are! i am still rolling on the floor about the Oprah biz….mehn!!! you av a funny imagination!…lol

    • zee June 28, 2012 at 9:34 AM

      Toke,whao! u r humble! God bless u!

    • Tomi June 30, 2012 at 11:02 PM

      One thing I have noticed with the bellanaija visitors is dt the word “hater” seems to be a fave. Someone states his/her opinion and d whole crew screams hater. Makes me think if some pple kno the meaning of this word or if they jst say it cos d others say it. Chill out abeg, life is too short for y’al to scream a word dt much. And let pple say what they feel. There’s a word cald opinion u know

    • Emzeh November 19, 2012 at 11:29 PM

      Hello Toke,i realy love what u do and i am aspiring to be a radio presenter..am studying performing and now i knw i can with all i read abou t u…i av neva heard u talk on radio and i just happnd to stumble on dis.u inspire me.. Wud lov to talk to u in person…u av a great jnb..kip up d gud work