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OAP Dotun Kayode Speaks out about Azuka Ogujiuba’s Article on Toke Makinwa & the 2014 Headies



dotun-azukaYesterday we published some parts of an article in which ThisDay newspaper columnist Azuka Ogujiba gave her personal opinion on Toke Makinwa and the 2014 Headies awards show (click here if you missed it) and her post has caused quite a reaction.

Cool FM on-air personality Dotun Kayode took to his Twitter account a while ago to share his thoughts about Azuka’s approach to the article.

Read his tweets below:

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  1. lol

    January 6, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Abeg enough jare!!!
    all them wanabe celeb will use this as a medium now to get noticed.mchew.

    • D Main Man

      January 6, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      just had a good laugh…Toke Makinwa was quoted saying “she ‘doesn’t think Linda Ikeji is a role model.” Now somebody is getting back at her…she should just let it go and move on, I HAIL TOKE FANS ( ARMY), You guys are just 247 on internet goggling to attack Toke-haters. UNA GET STRENGTH OH.

  2. Nwamaka

    January 6, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    SPOT ON! I thought I was the only person who felt that way. I was not so much disappointed in the writer( a lot of half baked journalists) as I was in This Day publishing it, we have a huge problem in Nigeria. Toke may not be perfect in all the areas people choose to criticize her, but the fact she keeps her head up and continues her hustle is something that should be respected and admired. She got that gig , she already scored one. The haters should hush already. Nwamaka

    • Banjo

      January 6, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      Nigeria universities should start offering journalism as a course or program. I hardly find it in any university program. We should be having bsc, msc and phds and it likes.

    • mma

      January 6, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      sharap dia… i jes hae it wen people just assume. a lot of nigerian universities offer journalism s a course. u cant just blame someones stupidity on d whole system

  3. Feyi

    January 6, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    I don’t know you but I love you for this response

  4. Chris

    January 6, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Even though, you came off, as being slightly personal and supportive of your colleague, however, you raised valid points. It’s sad, that journalism in Nigeria today, has further exacerbated the ‘hate’ in the Nigerian social media space. It’s bad enough that people post virile comments, but for journalists to join the bandwagon of fanning popular embers of discord, begs for a radical change. It boils down, to us as individuals, if Azuka as a person, has some failings, that’s how Toke, probably has her lows. But to completely bash her performance and narrow it down to fakeness, is at best, unbalanced. And am pretty sure, there were parts of her performance, as compere, that would’ve been commendable. This is not helped, by the fuel, ignited by blogs and sites, through their choice of sensitive aspects of someone’s opinion, as headline. In anyways, isn’t that why we are all here….lol. More ladies, should begin to support ladies! It won’t sweat your make-up.

  5. Jenny

    January 6, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Azuka’s article doesn’t break any ethic of journalism. It is an opinion article, and she used that medium to pen down her beef, hatred or whatever it is she feels for Toke.

    • Jemila

      January 6, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      Plsss the azuka girl is just seeking for attention and she knows if she targets on someone who is social media active she will in some way be notice….that’s a cheap way of attracting attention….toke has done well for herself….who is azuka anyway…but once you mention toke everyone is intrested now tell me who is balling….azuka please take the back seat…your opinion does not matter….toke is still balling am sure you azuka wants the kind of attention she gets be it good or bad….ps…your sense of style is sooooo lame…how about paying attention on improving yourself….just saying….

    • Osa

      January 7, 2015 at 12:28 am

      If u want to be honest with yourself (becos u dont fool us), you would call your self a first class liar, because that is what you are, clouding it with your lies.

  6. Caroline

    January 6, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    I think Azuka needs to get some good Vitamin D quick! Only deprived women sound this bitter

  7. nosey

    January 6, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Azuka came across as very bitter in that article which makes me feel its more personal than we actually think. Toke may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but you have gotta give it to the girl, the criticism and negative vibes she gets left right and centre does seem move her. Infact it seems like it gives her more steam! Azuka pls sort yourself out and deal with whatever it is before it consumes you.

    • nosey

      January 6, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      *does not*

  8. bruno

    January 6, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    young man take a seat.

    two women are fighting must you come in between and start giving ur opinion. are u a woman.

    allow the ladies to sort themselves out. afterall majority of what azuka said was true.

    I am still expecting charles novia to release his own opinion. any thing that concerns women thats were you will see him. long hissd

    there are critics around the world who work for magazines ,they blast celebs and politicians regularly, it is also part of journalism.

    young man take a seat. allow women to sort their problems themselves. nibody asked for ur opinion.

  9. eby

    January 6, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Abeg u guys should take a look at the Azuka in that pic above… tell me if she has more polished look than Toke….gosh humans of this world…hate kills n destroys

  10. bruno

    January 6, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    omg, I swear I didnt even know it was this OAP dotun.what an idiot

    I was watching his countdown on soundcity and the sam smith song “im not the only one” was no.2, the next thing this fool started saying, sam smith is gay, bkah blah blah, if he comes to nigeria he would be given 14 years,just talking plain bull**it about how much he hates gay people, I was extremely confused, what does his sexuality have to do with his music.

    what a tool. if ur in america or other developed countries u will lose ur job. idiot.

    • Thewickedone

      January 6, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Lmao, this Bruno guy is so pained. So you even watch his show to the point that you remember what number? Are you gay? You are another hater that seem to have lost your mothers direction to sound like this. Face it, the guy is doing so well and said the truth that it hurts you so bad. As for Azuka, you are a total loser to say all that about someone who didn’t snatch your husband. Haba

    • Ferrari

      January 6, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      it is popular knowledge that Bruno is gay na…the dude does not hide it!

    • olu

      January 6, 2015 at 5:12 pm

      You’re asking if Bruno is gay? Now that’s funny! LOL

    • Two-faced hypocrites

      January 6, 2015 at 11:58 pm

      Azuka is a “total loser” but Dotun is not even tho he was bashing someone for something that had nothing to do with their work? What Azuka said is what most of u here on bella keep yabbing toke for, all of a sudden, all of u are now turning into Toke Rangers lol….hope it lasts all thru the year sha. If i had time i’d go back to those posts and compare names of the people bashing her and see if they are doing two-face dance now.

      What dotun said about the gay singer is true but the manner he said it was very hateful and contrived….same can be said for Azuka, so why are u defending dotun and bashing azuka for the same ish? Bloody brainless hypocrites.

    • Nahum

      January 6, 2015 at 6:20 pm

      Bruno, I don’t know why but I just find you so funny!

    • BlueEyed

      January 8, 2015 at 2:11 am

      If he actually did that on a countdown show that was about the “music”, then Mr dotun is in the same boat as Ms Azuka, how inexperienced would you be in mentioning sexuality on a music countdown ? Was it a gossip blog? Or a gossip report? I am disappointed in this dotun guy

  11. Anon

    January 6, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    That picture of Azuka though…ha! ha!!

    • Geeeee

      January 6, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      That is eh, the girl wu njo anya, njo omume…A bad sight (ugly, with bad character.

  12. Bayo

    January 6, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    @Bruno bros pls make sure you take ya pill, the blue one not the other one. Na waa for u

  13. Geeeeee

    January 6, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    hahahahaha…The Azugirl is what is described as NJO ANYA, NJO OMUME….

  14. Am Neutral

    January 6, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    I have met Toke in person a few times, having gone to the same Uni with her . She seemed quite fake and arrogant. However , this Azuka’s article was quite harsh.

    Again, its obvious that Toke has her own strong bandwagon of loyalists out there. Considering the high no of comments on here yesterday. Some even went as far as rubbishing Azuka’s looks.

    But , having seen Azuka’s pic here today, I must
    say that she is not bad looking at all. In fact, she looks really good. Is it because she is dark skinned?. Anyway its 1-1 in my opinion.
    just passing by . my day off…….sigh…..

    • tinu

      January 6, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      Aunty talk true abeg. Look good fire!! And it has nothing to do with her dark skin jor.

    • Thewickedone

      January 6, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      You forgot to use your glasses neutral. Akinifesi is dark, agbani is dark even Genevieve is dark and they don’t look anything like this. See stomach inside the dress. The clutch bag needs a change. How do you hate on someone who can even pick out her clothes better than you do #Epicfail

    • Daisy

      January 6, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      I think she’s way prettier than Toke! look at that skin tone! Authentic! And can’t people have opinion these days without being branded as haters. Who honestly needs to be the Toke woman is fake? Who? Seriously?

    • ada nnewi

      January 6, 2015 at 11:01 pm

      You clearly need a new set of eyes…

    • S!

      January 7, 2015 at 9:18 am

      How would you utter such? Don’t you fear God? What kind of lie is this? Or are you Azuka her self? I’m sure even Azuka knows you are lying! So skin tone now determines beauty? O ga oooo

    • Two-faced hypocrites

      January 7, 2015 at 12:01 am

      She’s beautiful to me too. Im not surprised people tagged her ugly. Nigerians will look down on anything remotely african and elevate anything western. At least azuka didnt have to bleach,

    • Uhm

      January 7, 2015 at 4:08 am

      No Toke is the one that comments on post. She has no fans. Wanna know who got fans? Go to their over 50k followers on IG and see if they have over 50 comments under each post! I don’t think you know how much toke spends commenting on social media! This is someone that wants to be a star so bad and a controversial star! She needs to take a break!

    • Ada Nnewi

      January 7, 2015 at 9:11 am

      You clearly have alot of issues!!!

  15. Mystique

    January 6, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Is this topic still trending????????? will be back later

  16. Missy J

    January 6, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Nawa ooh I don’t know what do believe again oh. I’m a big fan of Toke and I know how much hate she constantly receives from all of you forming ‘sticking out for Toke’ . If they don’t come for her supposed fake marriage it will be her appearances at occasions, accent, vlogs, skin colour, birthday party and what have you… I remember after the headies tabloids carried it that her hosting was poor and her jump suit was a disaster so why are you all surprised at Azuka’s write up? You guys are screaming ‘HATE’ like seriously? You all are free to hate and through mean comments at Toke but Azuka isn’t allowed, so tell me biko who is fooling who?

  17. Leah

    January 6, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Great, another article for Toke to come here with different names and leave a hundred comments. Between the love buttons and comments, her computer will break today. Btw, didn’t Toke become famous for dissing Linda Ikeji? If she can dish it out, I’m sure she can take it.

  18. Dee-USA

    January 6, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    I’m not even as concerned about the “journalist” giving her opinion. Journalists the world over do this. It’s just published in the opinions section. My biggest problem is that she slammed Toke as a journalist (which I agree she is not,) but branded herself as one. Yet, she switched between tenses so many times that she may have been responsible for any power outage in the country that day. So many spell errors (Niola, instead of Niyola, Patoraking on first reference to the artiste, to name a few.) The entire write up was filled with numerous errors that she should be ashamed to refer to herself as a journalist, even for Nigerian journalism standards.

    On another note, while I disagreed with most of her commentary, I especially did so with her assessment of Niyola’s win for vocal performance. It shouldn’t have anything to do with her popularity on the Naija music scene. It should be based solely on one’s vocal performance, which I feel she deserved with her hit song “Toh Bad.” She could argue some other performance was better, but discrediting Niyola’s win because she isn’t a commercial success was indicative of how you treat this column: as a fluff piece.

    I’m just as curious to know who Toke specifically ticked off in any industry’s circle that has resulted in so much hate spewed on her. I mean it seemingly comes from just about every angle and “these people” never seem to tire. Even those of us who were curiously amused at first are tired of the Toke bashing. Don’t like her, just ignore her!

  19. monalisa

    January 6, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    None of them is blameless, dis dude whats his name shud take several seats abeg..with his fat head

  20. Jemila

    January 6, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    For toke…..take a queue from 2face….it pays to be humble….#soulsearching

    • Anon

      January 6, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      Queue? Using a word you can’t spell.


    January 6, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    I am also a journalist by education and I was appalled by Azuka Ogujiba piece on toke. So unprofessional! Dayum that chick is bitter and probably needs to be layed fast!

  22. Nahum

    January 6, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Toke is a hustler and she does it her own way. I never liked her before, but when she just kept on working hard despite the waves of negativity coming at her, I just had to respect the woman! I love her fighting spirit and I wish more young people in Naija had that spirit. She gets my vote and support any day. Anybody that comes for her will have to deal with me volt rounding for her

  23. Stella Kashmoney

    January 6, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    And who are all these people again?

  24. bruno

    January 6, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    bellanaija there are more flattering pictures of azuka, can u change that one u used.

    yes, azuka is not a sex pot but atleast she has not altered her natural skin colour. how many of you people can brag about that.

    in this day and age were many of you people believe beauty is light skin.

    majority of what azuka said was the truth, that butt pad toke wore was a tragedy. toke looked like a contestant in miss bum bum brazil.

    she was fooling herself on stage. her and eku are bad choices to host award shows.

    azuka sounded bitter and I understand why. toke makinwa isn’t even half as good as she is (azuka) but toke is more famous and richer and she is getting praises for her mediocre journalism and fakeness.

    there is a fine line between bitterness and being shady. azuka u were bitter.

  25. Gee

    January 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Dotun, u should have just taken several seats and keep shinning your fake teeth. You that bad mouth people for petty stuffs.

  26. TheRealist

    January 6, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    While I usually would not judge a book by its cover except where the context calls for it (as it does here), if that’s Azuka in the picture, she frankly should be more concerned with working on herself than judging others…[email protected]

  27. Tim.

    January 6, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Funny the same Dotun truly mentioned Sam Smith sexuality and he now dissing someone else. Gosh, why are so judgemental? What has a person’s sexual orientation got to do with his talents. Its reason the country isnt progressing. They shld all take several seats abeg. Not a fan of Toke but its not in my place to diss her hustle. People are free to criticize, its done all over d world, as long as its free of malice. Even the most critically acclaimed songs and movies have their critics.

  28. tunmi

    January 6, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    What I find amusing is that BN selected what it wanted. The writer wrote an entire article and BN cropped what it wanted. Okay

    1. She praised Ayo Animashaun’s dedication to the HEADIES with or without sponsorship. She questioned MTN’s inconsistent presence as well as the President’s support of the entertainment industry.

    2. The use of the limousine was ill-advised as space did not allow for it thereby delaying the event from 7pm to 11pm.

    3. In talking about Toke, I did not see vile and bile. She described what happened, and she tried to reconcile the hype before the show to what actually happened. The writer also wrote about Dr. Did, Don Jazzy, Bovi’s inattendance despite promotions including him, Olamide, Niyola, Sir Victor Uwaifo, Tiwa Savage, P Square…it seems as though BN is doing exactly what commenters are accusing the writer of doing. And that is unsettling.

    4. I see and understand people’s grouse with her words. In her defense, Toke and Basketmouth were the hosts and one half was apparently really bad. In mentioning designers, that’s part of the job. I see spelling errors, the writing style did not bother my understanding. It was a recount of events for those who did not see it. Do I think she is a hater? No. Do I think her criticism of Time was unfair? Not for an event that has been heralded as the Grammy’s of Naija. Yes, it could and should have been edited. But were there any false statements? That I doubt.

    Honestly, the likes of this writer reminds me of Emmy Collins. Hopefully Toke takes a page from Mercy Johnson and identifies the possible corrections here (practice & rehearse & keep working at comedic material). And the others she noted: Animashaun, event organizers, sponsors, the houseboys & seniors should do the same.

  29. Two-faced hypocrites

    January 7, 2015 at 12:04 am

    How come people didn’t defend Toke like this when Linda Ikeji and her minions nearly tore her apart a few years ago?? Are u all that wishy-washy? Waht azuka said is basically verbatim of what most of u spew about this girl weekly, all of a sudden, y’all are acting brand new? Laughable!

    • Osa

      January 7, 2015 at 12:35 am

      I made that your same statement about a year ago. But that doesn’t justify the statement against toke, made by this this very very ugly horse called Azuka. Nigerians generally do not have independent opinions, and will follow-the bandwagon always. Social media or real life. Linda ikeji we all know is a bloody pretender but her blinded lovers are so lost not to realize is yet. Or perhaps the cheapskate 10k giveaways will prevent them from saying the truth.

  30. ms.b

    January 7, 2015 at 1:53 am

    A Lot of ppl find toke annoying, and she seems more popular among lagos social circle. Its a free world, we musnt love everybody, sum toke lovers hate other “celebs”. So I wonder y ds same “lovers” attack others for disliking her? As a celeb or famous person, ppl will either love to love u, or love to hate you. And that’s ok, very very ok!

  31. bp

    January 7, 2015 at 2:50 am

    Exactly! I remember linda ikeji disssing by Toke was what made her famous, atleast that was how I knew her. She has to understand that as a popular person these things happen. Like how she used her own mouth to finish linda ikeji so when u become ffamous too people will also badmouth everything you do. Cycle of life #kai toke equually has a bad mouth oo had to find out who she was after dat linda ikeji is a failed person saga#


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  33. Bola Ogundipe

    January 7, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Azuka is not a journalist.I can see Emmy Collins by proxy.I was at that event and she felt very lonely.She is trying to make it in this tough career and you can’t blame her.Azuka is not sexy but i love her black skin sha we dey shine.My only problem with Azuja is this husband that she is desperately looking for is affecting her and she is taking it out on Toke that is married.Who remembered Dagrin’s burial where she was a host?She could not speak and was talking on stage as if she had hot yam in her mouth.

  34. Vidavi

    January 7, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Why is it that every time I see OAP I always think Old Aged Pensioner?

  35. Dlapikin

    January 7, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Since when do you have to be the best at something to criticize somebody… Mass communication is not journalism. This guy needs several seats. I felt the article was harsh but it is an opinion piece like many have been written around the world about famous people and bodies of work. I think it’s good for Toke because at least that means someone and their editors felt she is phenomenal enough to warrant a whole page in a paper. Many of us will die in social invisibility…

  36. jummai

    January 7, 2015 at 10:35 am

    So you see nothing wrong with her article, then your comment shows the kind of person you are. birds of a feather……..

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