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BN On The Radio: Tosyn Bucknor – Top Radio 90.9FM



“We only live once. If we live well, once is enough” – Tosyn Bucknor

Imagine this:

You woke up this Wednesday morning with the mother of all early morning headaches. It had nothing to do with the fact that you hit the sack at 11PM and had to be up again at 4AM to get ready for the day. It probably also had nothing to do with spending 4 hours the previous night in the infamous Lekki traffic. The headache was most likely birthed from getting home to an unpowered apartment. The noise from the neighboring generators serving as a reminder that you’d forgotten to buy fuel for your own generator in your rush to beat traffic. And then you realized only this morning that your daily pick-me-up —  your favorite brand of Brazilian Coffee, had run out.

It’s the Lekki traffic again, and every one on the road must be extra-crazy this morning. The man in the brown Camry just cut savagely in front of you just when it seemed that your lane was moving. You scream expletives furiously in an AC’d car. The headache flares.  You consider turning on the radio, hoping maybe some music will calm the pounding blacksmiths in your head. You turn the knob, and the first sound that hits your ears is:


With everything that has happened in the last 12 hours, laughter was the last thing on your mind. On any other day, you’d possibly be irritated. But for some reason, you just laugh.

You shake your head, and you laugh.

You let go of all the stress, albeit temporarily, and laugh harder. And then you wonder, how does anyone get this hyper at this time of the morning, especially in a place like Lagos.

Meet our 5th OAP in the BN On The Radio Series – Tosyn Bucknor, sometimes known as the Area Mama.

A quick recap: In the month of July, we put stories and personalities behind your favorite voices on the radio; from Toolz to Matse, Wana and Booboo. We’re picking up from there this month and making it bigger and possibly even better than the last outing.

We begin the second part with Top Radio 90.9‘s ball of zest and energy, Tosyn Bucknor.

The answer to this question: “What does Tosyn do?” will vary depending on the time of the day, where she is and exactly what she catch her doing. Any random person will tell you ‘Hey, she’s that girl on the radio.’ But really, is that it?

What most people forget, or probably do not know is that first off, she’s a writer – prose and script writing, the voice of Sickle Cell with her These Genes project and a Singer —  all these long before she became a Radio On-Air Personality

Her story began at birth (Obviously, you say? Wait for it!) She was born at the back of a cab, with very unique genes. Called sickle cell by some, she’s viewed it not as a curse rather as a motivating factor to live her life to its fullest. She was seen through her rough childhood by her very supportive family.  And in that time she became very acquainted with the different facets of herself – personae if you will – that help her get through the rigors of the various activities she finds herself doing.

Speech Girl Bucknor

From being a guest columnist in the Guardian, to writing for Gulder Ultimate Search,  to The Apprentice Africa as well as Amstel Malta Box Office 2 and 3. These were her most laid back days – long before her life before her work behind the microphone.

Top Tosyn

She says of her motivation for being on the radio daily, “I get on the radio every day with one prayer ‘Dear God, please help me make someone happy today’

How did it begin?

She says, “I heard a new radio station (Top Radio) was starting, and I walked in there looking to get 1 hour for s.h.a.r.e. and next thing I know, I’m walking out of the meeting with a job offer to anchor the morning show.” Only momentarily flustered by the new found responsibility, she quickly drew up an outline and the rest is history, as in less than 18  months she has garnered a teeming number of fans, who call in daily – whether it’s to say hello to Lagos in their native languages or to give Area traffic reports.

Tosyn Bucknor & Kunle Bello

Her Projects

there are some of us, who are thinkers, and others who are doers… the things I do are my way of moving from thinking, to actually doing…

Single handedly, with her These Genes platform, she put a smiling face behind the ill-publicized disorder. She began the project in December 2007, with the aim of getting Nigerians to talk freely about sickle cell as well as offer support to families and people with “these genes”.

With s.h.a.r.e (Souls Have A Right to Express) – the most notable of its feats being the recurring Sundays At The Bay. At it’s very beginnings, it was the watering hole of most of the mainstream acts as we know them now – at a time when they were still very much just emerging acts.


Finally, meet the singer in her would not mind being compared with Alanis Morrissette. Her genre of choice is what she’d like to call Alternative music. Already with a video and two singles behind her. She deviates from the norm with her kind of music, but doesn’t seem perturbed by it.

Click Play to Listen to Tosyn Bucknor – Superstar


What next? “It’s definitely TV” she says. And it’s not just her appearance in Tinsel (which aired yesterday) but a TV show discussing salient issues – much like Oprah and even Tyra Banks.


  1. kehnie

    October 20, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I love tosin buknor,the area mama.

  2. Lamide A.

    October 20, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Yay!! I love her. She’s too much jor 😀
    And she’s UnRuly 😀 Even better!!

  3. teeee

    October 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    tosin bucknor, what a strong character… you were fun at swe bar last wknd… keep it up… i admire you

  4. SN

    October 20, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    #TeamTosynBucknor! She always brightens up my day, I thank God I am so priviledged to listen to her every morning, and see her on occassions! She’s such a friendly person!

    • Lentini

      October 21, 2010 at 12:26 am

      Stricly Naija drumming up support. 9ice one Boss! My regards to Area Mama.

    • Demola Jr. (THE REAL SNC BOSS)

      October 21, 2010 at 12:13 pm

      Na person wey comment on my laptop. But Tosyn, u 2gbaski jor! CHOP KNUCKLE! Nice one babes!

    • Boogie

      October 21, 2010 at 12:08 pm

      Of course she brightens up your day *rme* LOLZ, Luv her

    • Jibola L

      October 21, 2010 at 6:15 pm

      I got that! LMAO!

  5. Dolapo

    October 20, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I love her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. chica

    October 20, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Yup! Do agree
    She is fun in the mornings
    Caught her on tinsel

  7. Plumbline

    October 20, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I salute her courage, tenacity, driving force..having had the opportunity to work with her, there is just something unique about her fighting spirit that makes you feel real lazy in comparison to her…

  8. Karma

    October 20, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Tosyn Bucknor is heaven sent a totally rare breed and its an honor to av even shared a smile with her…God Bless u Mc Wack!!!

  9. Mrs.RagaBlueberrymuffin

    October 20, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Where is Kunle Bell (K.B) these days

  10. uche

    October 20, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Tosyn bucknor,she’s the best of the best, u aint seen nothing yet.I love her to bits n pieces. Keep on rocking dearie

  11. Sowon

    October 20, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    This really paint’s a picture of who AREA is, but I would like add that she’s one of the most fun people to be around, with her wacky character, and ceaseless smile, it’s hard not be happy around her.

  12. Ayo

    October 20, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Way to go Tosyn!

  13. Dolly

    October 20, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Like really nij ppl should chill now,that quote is not hers

  14. Grace

    October 20, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Yay for Tosyn! Writer, Artiste, actress, OAP!

  15. tunji aderibigbe

    October 20, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Men were born between the legs of women, yet they spend all their lives trying to get back into the middle of those legs. Why?.. Because there is no place like home.. 😉

  16. tunji aderibigbe

    October 20, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Even in a crowd of a million, she will still stand out. She’s got exceptional talent and qualities that set her high standard. I’ve got the topmost respect for my darlyn Tosyn Bucknor. And thak her for her wonderful and entertaining mannerisms that keep the youths growing positively.

  17. Godlovesme4me

    October 20, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    TB, nice work…keep on doing wat u do best!!!

  18. Tolu Akanni

    October 20, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    I looooooooooooooooove Tosyn!

  19. Chrisbobo

    October 20, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Why is everyone commenting like she’s a good person? Abeg!

    Actually, she’s all that and more…and I love her so!!!

    UnRuly. One.

  20. Andy Madaki

    October 21, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Everybody loves Tosyn… what’s there not to love? Got ur back Tosyn… I can’t wait to rock These Genes

  21. berrylover

    October 21, 2010 at 12:58 am

    I don’t like her. What’s she feeling like? A superstar? And she has multiple personality and she handles them all well. Hisssssss. Lololzzzz,this is just me trying hard to hate her. I looooooove her. She’s a beautiful woman,great speaker,great writer,innovative,inventive,strong,she’s got the very rare 6th sense which is her sense of humour. I just love her. And she’s a DEEVA.

  22. Pearl

    October 21, 2010 at 1:25 am

    Love, love LOVE you Tosyn!!!!!

  23. Ebuka

    October 21, 2010 at 2:50 am

    She deserves all the compliments.
    Love you Tosyn…

  24. Ese Peters

    October 21, 2010 at 7:06 am

    There’s no one quite like Tosyn. She’s an incredible person with a unique drive and great character. You life is an inspiration Tosyn! Thank you.

  25. Pearl

    October 21, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Tosyn is a gift to mankind! And y’all aint seen nothing, she’s got so much more in the inside of her… Thank you for making people happy everyday.

  26. som1twisted

    October 21, 2010 at 8:05 am

    That’s me boss. I rily like speechgirl. She inspires me much.

  27. bcak

    October 21, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Nice one!!!

  28. Tweeny

    October 21, 2010 at 10:44 am


  29. Bukolajo

    October 21, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Tosyn is a great person.she is ful of energy despite her disorder.she is some1 i admire alot,luv 2 listen 2 especially d area segment which she scream wit all her energy. I just want 2 use dis opportunity 2 say i luv u so & pray dt God ‘ll keep u & mk u live 2 fulfill all ur dream.pls o i need ur album “dream”

  30. Nneka

    October 21, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Can’t wait to meet you one on one. God’s strength always dear.
    Love you

  31. fozadoza

    October 21, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    AM inspired! all these different characters in one person. This article just gingered me to explore ma many talents. And the area show or rather the tosyn bucknor show is a morning drive and energy boost 4 me. TOAYN BUCKNOR ROCKS

  32. miss ikaz

    October 21, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Go Tosyn! Go Tosyn! Am glad to av u as a friend! Trust me I admire u as a person! Xoxoxox! Toptosyn tosynb contradiction n speechgirl. Love em all

  33. Christine

    October 22, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Tosyn is a strong Black woman and I love her

  34. slimbaba

    October 22, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    areamama mama miscontration this one naa slimbaba shey you knw where i come from i don miss you die pls i they expect you back in top radio

  35. Femi

    October 22, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Keep up d good work……………………. d sky is not even ur limit

  36. LongJohn

    October 23, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Oh Tosyn

    I know you from S.H.A.R.E

    You’re touching

    Keep it on lady
    For you are on

    Love you Loads!

  37. dahmola

    October 24, 2010 at 12:56 am

    i love u tosin…she helped me wen nobody could..i am forever grateful to her…tosyn u – rock…if u see dis..reemeber i came to meet u for a job…..I LOVE U TOSYN..

  38. fm

    October 27, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    wow!!!not even one negative comment yet on an article on BELLA NAIJA!!…unheard of o,i follow her on twitter n she cracks me up..i hope to meet her in person soooonnnn…xoxo

  39. bodede sunday

    November 6, 2010 at 7:58 pm


  40. bidemi olawore a.k.a amox a.k.a clown

    December 3, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    hi t.buck am a rapper and a producer i read marketing at the obafemi awolowo university i grew up in america and nigeria i like what you doing you are a very good presenter and am one of your fan please can you have a rap battle on somo ya programmes on air all radio stations keep asking me for money b4 they play my song on air and this is not fair artist upcoming go through a lotta pain in the studio and spend so much they should be paid not the other way round so please bring me out can u please in the name of God send your email address so i can send my songs i promise u a grammy iam in kogi state now

  41. samson

    December 18, 2010 at 4:23 am

    wat up gal it been along time i saw i heard your voice to absence in the country… just wanna say wat up

    • Doris Folakemi Adebisi

      March 3, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      Tee Burk, I love u so much likewise my children. U put smile on our faces, esp my little girls, keep it up.


    March 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm


  43. osungbesan sunday

    March 11, 2011 at 10:03 am

    hi,area mama i enjoy your program on radio,keep doing the good work ……………………ose omo oba,u are mouthed

  44. abbey

    April 11, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    tosyn i sue i love you area eeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhhhh

  45. Dare

    May 20, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Lots of times i wonder where that energy comes from very early in the morning, you have made lots of my morning fun, Area mama

  46. o jey

    June 9, 2011 at 5:24 am

    area mama to bad gan, ori e wa nbe

  47. beefash

    June 10, 2011 at 10:37 am

    you’re jst 2 much,missed top radio…..have fun


    August 10, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Area Mama is doing a good job that can not be quantify by speech, May the Good Lord bless all that she lay her hands on.


  49. Funke BUCKNOR obruthe

    October 31, 2012 at 11:50 pm


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