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Azuka Ogujiuba tells her side of the Story – “Tiwa Savage, TeeBillz and I Before the Tales of Woe”

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Journalist Azuka Ogujiuba has shared her side of the Tiwa Savage-Tee Billz story. Azuka famously conducted Tiwa’s famous tell-all interview in what has been described as the “scoop of the decade” as Tiwa went on to reveal intimate details about her relationship during the interview.

After mixed feedback on the interview, Azuka is now sharing her story via an article in ThisDay Newspaper.

Azuka Tiwa Tee Billz

Azuka with Tiwa and Tee Billz at their Wedding

So much has been rumoured, insinuated and judged by all who were touched by the no-holds-barred interview I had with one of Africa’s brightest singers, Tiwatope Savage-Balogun. If not all, some of the accounts here and there deserve to be answered. And this is my story.

How Our Paths Crossed  
I met Tiwa on August 14, 2010 at Elohor and Owen Aisen’s wedding at the Landmark Hotel in London. She was one of the bridesmaids at the wedding. I remember her walking up to me and throwing sweet compliments at my daughter. That was enough to endear me to someone who was before then a total stranger. She thought my daughter was beautiful in her baby pink dress, shoes and stockings. People who are close to me enough know I have a strong presence of mind. Let me shock you and maybe Tiwa too. I recall quite vividly her exact words; “She is so gorgeous, her hair is beautiful, l can’t wait to have a girl and dress her up nicely like this.” And l replied her that she was definitely have one someday by the grace of God. Every mother knows how happy she gets when a stranger approaches her saying nice things about her child  that simply means you are taking good care of your child.

Tiwa was so beautiful and attractive; we couldn’t but stare at this fine creature as she walked pass our tables. She glowed and oozed confidence in the fuchsia pink mini bridesmaid dress she wore with Lara Rawa, the CEO of Eventi Cocktails, who was part of the bridal train. Though impressively unassuming, Tiwa was still a spectacle at the wedding. She was a good dancer and a dyed-in-the-wool kind of songstress. Almost effortlessly, her dance and voice were more than entertaining. ‘Girl’ was a stunner!  I had to tell her to try entertainment, ‘come back home to Nigeria, Tiwa, you’ve got an appeal that Nigerians will love.’ Down-to-earth, Tiwa’s British accent was huge and the ‘aje-butter’ behaviour was unmistakable. She laughed and joked a lot. She was friendly to everybody at the wedding and I could tell she was so happy her friend was getting married.

The Cecil Hammond Role
A few months after I met her, I got a call from Cecil Hammond who said he wanted me to meet and interview a new female act. I avoided Cecil for as long as I could, but he kept harassing me with phone calls and text messages because I always gave him an appointment I never honoured. I underestimated her in my thought; “which yeye hot female act be that? Which female act will be bigger than my girl, Omawumi?” What will she be singing differently? And besides, when they become big, they stop taking your calls or even say ‘hello’ when they see you” It might interest you to know that despite my nonchalance towards Cecil, he never gave up on me. It got to a point I had to ask him to call someone else to do the interview, but he insisted he wanted me to do it. Cecil believed so much in Tiwa, he praised her talents to high heavens. He shared with me a brief story about her life and career until I eventually succumbed. When I got to him, behold, it was the same lady who had said some of the nicest things about my daughter the other day in London. Then I remembered humans are like a river; we flow and meet again in a chain of events. Tiwa and I recognised each other, hugged and exchanged pleasantries. I felt so bad when I realised it was her. We all got chatting immediately and that was when Tiwa realised I was a journalist. We exchanged telephone numbers and BBM pins. Of course, I was excited to do her first ever interview then, if I’m not mistaken.

Later on, Cecil called me again and said, “I really need you to assist this lady, we have to push her out there; you just watch and see, she is going to be the biggest female act in this country.” So, Cecil kept sending promotional materials on Tiwa to me to publish in Thisday Newspaper. If memory serves me well, she released ‘Kele Kele’, ‘Love me Love me  ’, ‘Ife Wa Gbona’, ‘Do as I do with P Square’. She started with Cecil Hammond’s Flytime Entertainment in 2010. She attended the BET awards in 2011 while she was still with Flytime and also shot ‘Love Me Love Me’ video. Her first shows with Cecil Hammond was the Silverbird 30th anniversary, then the Rhythm Unplugged show, AY live, Star Mega jam, among others. Tiwa was rising fast and gradually becoming a household name in the music industry.

I remember one day at an event where she performed, she introduced Tunji Balogun, known as TeeBillz as her manager, to me. TeeBillz and I struck it off immediately, and he too was so interested in Tiwa’s success. He told me categorically to watch how Tiwa would become the biggest female act in Africa, and I had no reason to doubt his conviction; I was already a big fan. Then Efemena Tommy, former TV personality and creative director of www.uberstyle.org now based in Johannesburg, fell in love with Tiwa’s music and automatically became a big fan with his close friend, Dayo Dane, who was the face of HIP TV then; he is now based in New York. They both joined the train and were excited to interview her on any red carpet and event she attended. I know these young men adored Tiwa like a goddess. TeeBillz was cool and very friendly; he was full of humour, and I used to tease him about marrying Tiwa. I told him they looked so lovely as a couple, “TJ you no go rush marry Tiwa, na your very eyes another man go propose to her; dey drag leg for there, you hear?.” And we would laugh it off. TeeBillz would reply, “We can’t get into that now, her career is very important, she needs to make a mark.” What I remember now is a man who wanted Tiwa to succeed, protective of her, knew Tiwa was fragile and was not going to allow anybody cheat or talk down at her. He was Tiwa’s ‘Voltron’. Like Tiwa, even TeeBillz behaved so much like a rich kid who was feigning a street boy. He was emotional and very harmless, but I honestly don’t know what to believe from the recent drama. Everything’s now confounding. And a question that creeps to me, after that debacle, is ‘at what point did things get this bad for this beautiful pair?’No matter how pissed he was with her, why would he go to social media to rant about his wife? Now what is this trend of going to social media to air your private life? I still dont understand it.  Now every Tom, Dick and Harry even ants and cockroaches feel they have an opinion over your life.

All l remember are two young sweet lovers that were so  much in love with each other. I heard Tiwa’s ‘Kele Kele love’ video was sponsored by TeeBillz. Why didn’t Flytime shoot the video? I later heard there was an internal crisis. Honestly, I don’t know what it was about. Later, I also discovered that there was a deal between Cecil, Don Jazzy and Tiwa to move her to Mavin when it was to launch out. It sounded so good because we needed Tiwa to be churning out more hit songs and we were not in doubt of Don Jazzy’s competence. Tiwa was like a loan to Don Jazzy, who had a clandestine plot to storm the industry again with what would silence his friend-turned -rival, D’banj, who was busy narrating to the press how MoHits crumbled. We were super-excited when Don Jazzy introduced the Mavin Crew and Tiwa as its first lady.

I can also inform you authoritatively that Tiwa’s first Pepsi deal started with Cecil Hammond when he took her to meet Mr. Mazen, before they fell out and Paul Okoye took over and concluded the deal. We don’t see often again as we all get busy on different stuff, but TeeBillz kept in touch, we were even close and spoke more often than Tiwa and I.

The first time Tiwa and TeeBillz made their romance public was at Elohor Aisen’s Elite Model Search 2012 when and where TeeBillz kissed Tiwa on the red carpet to put paid to the romance tale peddled around for months.

The traditional engagement came, the traditional wedding and then the destination wedding in Dubai planned by Elohor Aisen. TeeBillz and Tiwa got nearly all their guests crying with their marital vows and exchange, it was a beautiful wedding, so inspiring and romantic. The surprise Prado SUV Tiwa got from Don Jazzy was another high point of the night. We all dance almost till dawn.

The Baloguns led a marital journey so enchanting until they started facing hitches in their home. Apart from when Tiwa fired him as her manager, a lot of people didn’t know what was going on, not even close friends to Tiwa like Elohor Aisen knew every detail until some recent revelations. Tiwa didn’t want her business out there I guess. Sometime, when I inquired about Teeblizz, she said he was fine with a calm smile.

TeeBillz’s Instagram Rants
Prior to his rants, I was talking with Tiwa earlier for an interview on Thisday Saturday Plus page, which I was supposed to conduct with Lucy Ezeliora. She kept telling me to hang on because TeeBillz and the ‘Pampers’ management had to approve the pictures I wanted to use for the interview publication.

Now, two days after, I called Tiwa to remind her about the interview, and it was Konye Nwabogor of Thisday Style who called my attention to what instablog9ja reposted from TeeBillz’s page, because she knows Tiwa is a friend. Immediately, I went to his Instagram page, and was shocked to confirm that it was true after all. I put a call across to Tiwa whose phone was busy for only God knows how long, when I finally reached her, we had not even said ‘hello’ before the bad network snatched our calls. I knew Elohor was with Tiwa, but her phone was equally busy. I got her by 11pm after trying all day. I made it clear to her that I needed to speak with Tiwa. She promised to pass my message across but I didn’t hear from anyone till I went to bed.

Too Real to Be PR
By 2 am, my phone suddenly rang and disrupted my sleep. I was livid with anger, cursing before I stretched my hand to pick the call. I was going to yell at the caller when l saw Tiwa’s name, then I was a bit scared and I looked at the time again, of course, it was not a dream. I picked the call; it was Thompson, her PA. And I was like, “Hope there is no problem.” He said everything was okay, but that Tiwa wanted to do the interview with me immediately. “I can’t drive alone on that Third Mainland Bridge; let’s it do it in the morning,” I retorted. But he offered to come and get me and I said, “that’s cool.”

Luckily for me, my younger brother was around. So I woke him up and pleaded with him to come with me to Lekki. He thought I was mad, but I explained to him what happened. In no time, Thompson was on my street and we were headed to Lekki. I recited my darling Psalm 23 and took some prayer points too.  It was on the Third Mainland Bridge that I remembered to call my niece to go look after my daughter, who was in my room. The road was so free and before I could say Jack, we were in Tiwa’s house. I went straight to her bedroom, she had a scarf on, wore a black T-shirt and black trousers, she was broken and wept like a mourner. Thank God, Teeblizz was alive. She cried that morning like  someone who has just lost something precious. I tried to console her, she looked dazed and confused, but she handed me her phone to read her chat with her husband. As I sat on her bed to read, I noticed Elohor’s eyes were swollen too; she was lying down on Tiwa’s bed but jerked up when I came in. It took us a while to console Tiwa, but hard as she tried to stop the tears, they continued streaming down her face. It was when I realized that our chat would be recorded that I had to remind her that she has to change her all-black outfit, because people read meanings to things. A friend suggested she changed to a wig because she is a star and she replied again with another round of wailing; “I don’t care about this star thing, I am not wearing any wig, I am doing my interview like this.” In the long run, we succeeded in making her change her black T-shirt.

For sure, I know Tiwa didn’t want the drama; she wanted a peaceful separation and was willing to assist TeeBillz with whatever he wanted to do from the tone of their text chats. Beloved, I marveled at Tiwa’s kind of heart!  And my opinion about her speaking up? I don’t see anything wrong with that because we live in a society where people get disgusted about you when such accusations come up without even allowing you to tell your side of the story. It is worst when the accusation is from your partner.

This is the second fight between two entertainment couples that I remember now. The first was with the late singer, Kefee Don Momoh and her ex-husband, Godwin Alec, who accused each other of unfaithfulness and transfer of sexually transmitted infections. The lovers gave damaging interviews about each other, but then not many were on the social media, so it didn’t spread like wildfire.  But it was quite messy; they remarried, but with no drama this time around from their new spouses until our Kefee passed on. Bless her soul.

The Pulse connection
I heard so many crappy stories of how Don Jazzy and his Marvin Company paid me N2million to do the interview. I also heard Pulse bought the rights of the interview from me and I kept on laughing in my Owerri dialect. How people idly sit down and fabricate stories should be a case study in schools soon.

I have not seen or spoken to Don Jazzy in ages neither have I spoken to Dr. Sid too. The last time I saw Don Jazzy was at Sen. Ben Bruce’s 60th birthday party but he was so far from me and the last time I saw Dr. Sid was at the UBA CEO Awards where he performed with Tiwa Savage.

And I remember that at Tiwa’s house, I saw some unknown faces, some relations and Elohor. And in Pulse, the only people I know are Osagie Alonge and Gbenga Bada, who worked with me on Thisday Saturday desk. The last time we exchanged pleasantries was on my birthday.

I am not a staff of Pulse TV, that interview was meant for Thisday newspapers. Before we started, the guys made it clear to me that they would also like to record the interview with their camera and I innocently agreed. They said they didn’t want Tiwa misquoted. I didn’t even think the interview would be televised.  The next day I got a call asking me when I would publish the interview, so I said on Saturday which should be a week after.

That Friday evening, I was at the Jazz festival at the Freedom Park, Lagos to watch Orliam perform when my phone started ringing ceaselessly, “we just saw your interview with Tiwa Savage,” someone said. I didn’t understand it; I was angry and shocked and I wanted to hear from Tiwa first.

I was able to get across to her the next day, she explained to me that since I was not publishing soon the management decided to also share with a TV.

I took my time to explain to her how it works in the media- that since she has addressed the allegations leveled against her by TeeBillz, any medium that reports it first has broken a hell of a story. I told her that I could get into big trouble in my office because of that. She apologised sincerely and pleaded with me not to be angry.

Dealing with Torrential Insults
Now, when the barrage of insults, cyber bullying and attacks erupted after my interview with Tiwa Savage, the teachings by Dr. Daniel Olukoya kept me going. Some of the attacks were very objective, but from some, you can sip jealousy in the taste of the wine, others were just losers with a deep hole of frustration in their souls. You also have those you could tell the Lagos heat had fried their brains and they needed just anything to cool off. Different tongues wagged… but what do tongues do really? They wag of course. These people turned themselves to social media jurists, English teachers, journalists, PR experts and jobless critics with heavy logs in their eyes but willing to remove the speck in yours first.

I’d long realised that everyone in life has a shortcoming. No matter how gifted or intelligent you are, there may be a particular area where you are not exceptional. Your hands might be skillful; you might even be a genius in science but your capacity for the arts might be nowhere near impressive. You might be a great thinker, but your power for analysis might be poor. The truth is that there are a lot of things you cannot do. Those who claim that they are able to do virtually everything will soon discover that they are at best jacks of all trades and masters of none.

If you focus your attention on what you cannot do, it might be difficult to detect and maximize your talents and areas of competence. A lot of people have remained under achievers because they have allowed themselves to be intimidated by obvious shortcomings and inadequacies. Concentrating on the talents or the skills which you lack may blind you to the explosive resources that are locked up within you. One of the greatest secrets of achieving greatness lies in discovering areas in which you have the best advantage, exploring those areas and maximizing the latent energy within them, according to Dr. Daniel Olukoya, “Nobody is asking you to live a carbon copy of another person. No matter who you are, there is something you can do that others cannot do. Remove your focus from what you cannot do. Put your energy on what you can do.” Therefore, I’m putting my energy on writing (print journalism) which is what I can do and not TV for which I was never trained. You see why it‘s unfair to compare me with your TV idols?

Can a Bully Be Bullied?
For all those cyber bullies hauling jibes at me, I saw all the messages and, guess what? They made me even stronger because the good criticism, I took to heart, the hate comments and insults out of jealousy, I have packaged and sent back to the senders. Like Julius Agwu said on his previous interviews, I feel like mentioning names. Maybe not yet. My friends told me to delete the hateful comments on my Instagram and Facebook pages. I was advised to block the jobless cyber bullies, I didn’t bother doing it because I honestly don’t care about jobless social media trolls, faceless and anonymous characters can’t cow me. I was even advised to go on private, I refused because I didn’t think these critics had a say in how I live my life or practise my profession. Cyber bullying has no space in my territory, so they should stop wasting their data. These ‘yeye dey smell for jankara’ market mobile bullies are busy hating while I’m busy snooping for my next scoop. I’m not a celebrity, not a singer or an actress but a fun loving journalist. Yes, I’m on the social media because I enjoy social media, I love taking pictures of myself and capturing the moments of my fun-filled journalistic activities. I’m from the traditional media where we don’t see ourselves or portray ourselves as celebrities. We are only interested in breaking news or getting scoops unlike the OAPs and some TV hosts who have used social media to turn themselves to overnight celebrities. Life is all about choice and they’ve made theirs.

Even after explaining in the Genevieve online interview that I was not a TV journalist, the next point of attack was that I’m an irresponsible mother for leaving my daughter at that time of the day to go and interview Tiwa. And I was like ‘why do I have to bother myself over some people who don’t understand  journalism’ One  person compared me Christiane Amanpour who is one of the biggest risk takers in journalism, breaking news and covering war zones before she started the interview programme in the CNN studios. I love her of course, she is a role model, but comparing me to her is  far-fetched.  And Oprah Winfrey’s name was mentioned; I’m not a fan and l don’t want to be like her or anybody, I’m not a copy-cat.The genuine and objective criticism will make me work on myself next time before those intimidating cameras.

And for my attitude during Tiwa Savage’s interview, even the way they complained I stared at her and my emotional detachment are matters I have no regrets about. It was a face I deliberately put up to hide and deal with anxiety and my emotions. I wonder what they would have said if they’d televised when tears trickled down my face, so the world will come down on me or what? What if I had grilled her emotionlessly like I would do on a good day? Will they protest against me on the streets of Lagos? The fact that I know Tiwa and Teeblizz personally made it a tough one for me to conduct that interview, but I had to do my job. And I did it to the best of my ability at that time. Tiwa even had to console me at a point, “Sis, don’t let all the comments bother you a bit, you have done your best and I think you need to address this and let people know we are friends.”

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88 Comments

  1. Udegbunam Chukwudi

    May 15, 2016 at 9:57 am

    So we are still on this matter?! Odiegwu! ?

    • Damilola

      May 15, 2016 at 10:41 pm

      Azuka, your ego and pride will get in the way of you simply improving your craft. You just don’t want to accept you did awful. Yeah, it hurts to read the comments but to keep defending Is makes it even more awkward. There’s nothing to defend. You are not the first journalist interviewing their friend. Lame excuse. Oprah, barbara Walters does it all the time but they manage to keep it connected and professional. Your sitting posture, delievery, the way you worded your questions, body language, etc was just off. Never again do interview and if do improve on these areas to better yourself.

    • Damilola

      May 15, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      *do*
      Oprah and Barbara do it all the time. Everything about you was off in that interview. I believe, it’s because Tiwa knows you that she wasn’t distracted by that. If it was me, just your demeanor would have agitated me more. And you won’t get any answer from me.

  2. One4All

    May 15, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Azuka, as an interviewer, you were below par! You came off as boring, ill-prepared and subservient. If you’re going to interview a friend in a serious environment, then make sure your friend knows the rules of the game. It wasn’t what you said cos you did ask some tough questions but more on how you asked the questions and your composure.
    And that excuse about not being a TV journalist, BULL! Next time you want to do a TV interview, go watch Oprah and Christiane Amanpour!

    • nnenne

      May 15, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      @One4All…. Am sure you didn’t read and comprehend all that Azuka wrote! !

      BTW, I love her commitment and dedication to her job. Getting up at 2am to pursue a story, because her client needed her?
      Priceless! ! Especially in Nigeria with our attitude to work.

      Really, really, impressive!

    • One4All

      May 15, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      @Nnenne. I’m 100% sure that YOU didn’t read and comprehend all that I wrote!

      If Azuka is so committed and dedicated to get up at 2am to pursue a story, she sure as hell should be professional to perform a good job! Oh, by the way, getting up in the middle of the night to pursue a story is part of good journalism. So, Azuka didn’t do anything out of the ordinary!

    • Smh

      May 15, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      You will definitely be impressed with Azuka seeing you both have some things in common.
      “Am”
      “Really, really, impressive!” – misuse of comma
      plus exclamation marks scattered all over the place.

    • iphiee

      May 16, 2016 at 11:57 am

      So after reading her side of the story, u still Dnt get it right? Lemme explain better 1) She was called late at night 2) she is not a TV journalist so why worry abt her sitting position and so 3) Tiwa who was interviewed isn’t complaining so y are you? 4) Tiwa told it all even when she was asked one question, she answered as she wanted 5) stop comparing, it’s different strokes for different folks. She did she as Oprah will do her’s. It’s really a painful situation and it’s in the public eyes which is bad but Tiwa has justify herself. Let’s face it, if it wasn’t Azuka who interviewed Tiwa, someone else obviously would have been called and still the story wouldn’t change because it still the same victim here(Tiwa). Take it or leave it, it’s a story to learn from and not to be a judge of the whole scenario.

  3. Busarni

    May 15, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Madam Azuka you are a bad person; we are over this and you are bringing it up again. May people trend on top your sufferings.
    You want people to start talking Abi; go and improve on your job and leave them alone. Haba…

    • i no send

      May 15, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      whaaat?? that was not even the full interview.???…….*faints*

  4. December Wind

    May 15, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Madam, I don’t see any need for this epistle right now . If there was , it should have happened then not now . We’ve gotten over it , we’ve all moved on .. Our dear Tiwa is also kicking strong . Why take us back to the past , what is this really all about ?

    If you’re not bothered of the “bullies” as claimed, why are you barking now ? And to think that you had to drag late kafee’s marriage into this ? Woman , you’ve got issues !

    What are we supposed to do with this news now ? This attention seeking mission is a failed one . Biko ,Go and hide . I guess those who had mixed feelings towards you after the interview have been vindicated!

    #NewFuelPriceBehaviour

    • Corolla

      May 15, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      What did Kefee have to do with this? Why did Azuka have ro bring it up? What was the point?

  5. omawunmi

    May 15, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Aunty you too are giving away too much background information that we don’t need.

    It is as simple as you were a bad interviewer.

    T.E.R.R.I.B.LE.

    If you were bullied online -sorry.

    But next time maybe you shouldn’t be on camera. We really didn’t need to see your face. You took away from the story and obviously became another story, which is why you are trying to explain your expressions to us here.

    And that is not what journalists do.

  6. ferrari

    May 15, 2016 at 10:26 am

    i’ll wait for a summary in the comment section. this woman is just ranting and i can’t read all of this….

  7. UNCLE GWE GWE GWE

    May 15, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Dear Azuka, you can never please everyone. Keep being you. You are a star. #bless

  8. we don hear

    May 15, 2016 at 10:59 am

    …Lolz

  9. mi

    May 15, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Madam Azuka, enough already!!! Haba,people are trying to move on with their lives and here you are bringing it up all over again. Pray, do tell, why are you doing this na? Who your own side of the story wan Epp?

  10. na wa oh

    May 15, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Still on this matter? *YAWNS*

  11. gold

    May 15, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Timetable after Exam,Autopsy after Burial

  12. Segi

    May 15, 2016 at 11:18 am

    How to take negative feedback like a class act; ‘Thank you all for the feedback, I have reviewed the interview conducted with Tiwa and discovered there are indeed areas I can improve upon. To make this upward change, I will be attending ABC school of journalism. My future works will definitely reveal major improvement. I appreciate all my readers/viewers and will continue to provide professional ‘so-so’ works’ . NOT – Story that touch, no one gives a flying duck about that. Pride and Arrogance isn’t a receipe for success.

  13. Pelu

    May 15, 2016 at 11:22 am

    You have explained yourself,after careful analysis I did not appreciate the comment you gave about dbang,being a known journalist and an owerri lady,you should be careful in balancing the tribal sentiments,I feel it was not necessary and you should know better,when dealing with other tribes we need to be careful about coded negative comments,like the type Linda’s space is constantly used to insult Toke Makinwa,by approving more anonymous insult on her person.online character assassination must not be encouraged.

    • emmy

      May 15, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      Hello??? You are the one going all tribal here! How about the comment about d’banj being totally unnecessary and inappropriate simply because he is a human being?
      What if she does not just like him, the same way we do not just like someone? Why must it be because of his tribe?

      And the part about enabling anonymous comments is plain stupid. Please, don’t do that again.
      Your tribalism is showing abeg..

  14. nwa nna

    May 15, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Gosh, let these people be already! This story has been over flogged, no need to explain anything else biko.

  15. Amazing print journalist u are

    May 15, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Amazing piece! You really are independently minded. I love you already. You’re great at writing indeed! Continue working on your development. Good luck and God bless.

  16. madman

    May 15, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Who ever trained this lady in the school of journalism, needs to be fired. Did you use spell check at all? You say Don Jazzy’s company is “Marvin,” instead of “Mavin.” You are spending so much time defending mediocre work. I would advise you to go back to school and get trained. Once again, you are NOT a journalist.

  17. madman

    May 15, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Who is the fool and liar that compared you to Oprah? Lmao~

  18. Bus

    May 15, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Enough already madam Azuka. Even Tiwa has moved on. Na your wedding? Attention seeker.

  19. Nakoms

    May 15, 2016 at 11:44 am

    You have tried your best o jare. Don’t mind the BN cyber bullies who are quick to find fault in other people but have a weak grasp on thier lives

  20. Mz C-me

    May 15, 2016 at 11:44 am

    This long story was not needed. The way you handled the interview was crass, you came off as someone that lacks empathy. I very much doubt you are a friend to the Baloguns.

  21. Ephi

    May 15, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Just when I thought we were done, this case is about to be resurrected all over again. Kontinu

  22. pretty

    May 15, 2016 at 11:57 am

    I need to get some popcorn, I will be back?

  23. OO

    May 15, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Okay…

  24. Koredebellosblog. com

    May 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Wow…
    Very long article. Couldn’t finish it

    Koredebellosblog.com

  25. N149 PER LITRE

    May 15, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Why give CPR to a dead issue?

  26. @yorubadboi1

    May 15, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Really she needs to let this rest. She doesn’t need all the clap back she’s doing. When you cook for a community, they eat it up but when the community cook for you…babe you can’t eat 1/100. More trolls will come your way because of this.

    Once a guy came on my IG and dropped hateful comments on all my pictures because he thought a comment I made was trolling his fav celeb. I checked his page and discovered his dad is dying and so many crazy things he was sharing. I just wrote ‘I pray all the bad things happening to you turns to good and give you reasons to smile’…..he got on my page and deleted all his comments!

  27. liz

    May 15, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Trolls…. Just like office gossips, they never do well. I understood her facial expressions during the interview it’s tough watching another woman cry.

  28. Azuka This Marriage Is NOT About You

    May 15, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Azuka Ogujiuba, this marriage is not about you and stop trying to capitalise on the misfortune of others. You made a public mistake. Give it a rest and be quiet. This situation right here is called karma in bold and capitals KARMA. I will say it again KARMA. You thought the interview would bring you fame but you showed your true character and the public is not fooled. You have spent decades gossiping about people, some true most not true, providing an unsolicited opinion in your ignorance and passing judgement on other people’s lives. You have done it in the newspaper and you have done it socially with your endless gossiping vicious tongue. We do not run to the press to correct the mistruths you have printed. We left it to the Universe. This right here is the payback and you know what, you set yourself up for it and it backfired horribly. Accept responsibility for your meddling and social climbing. Now you’re in the frying pan you cannot take the heat. Those of us whose lives you have tried to destroy with your endless bad mouthing are here watching your pitiful refusal to accept defeat. You wanted fame, you got it. Now sit down and accept the good with the bad. That’s just life.

    • Eve

      May 15, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Well said ….

  29. Bey

    May 15, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    I don’t think Azuka is a bad person. Some ppl don’t quite know how to show emotion. I think she’s just misunderstood. Besides she’s a print journalist and not TV.
    And for dos going to her page to curse her. Don’t you have a life. Is ur life so full of bitterness dat u have to pick Tiwa n Teebillz matter as ur life crusade.

    • Nah

      May 15, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      Then you don’t know Azuka…

  30. Uju

    May 15, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Tiwa’s private issues can best be kept private please,we her genuine fans are celebrating the fact that she passed through all the challenges and she’s still alive,it’s an old story now and trying to wipe up sentiment again are not relevant to the realities,facing Nigerians with fuel price at one hundred and fourth five Naira per liter,and Dodgy Dave chameleon calling our dear country fantastically corrupt,Your confidence as a good journalist should not be shaken,as long as you satisfy your conscience and God that you play fairly without tribal sentiment,like in the tone of your write up,happy for Don jazzys Marvin,but dbang should be insulted by your good self?Let us be mindful of the society we are in,and see the good side of each other more.

  31. Dumebi

    May 15, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Ode somebody!!!!!

  32. Dear Azuka

    May 15, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    I do not know if you will read this but please know that I was touched by these words “No matter how gifted or intelligent you are, there may be a particular area where you are not exceptional”

    There is this particular area where I am not exceptional and I have now accepted to move on whilst trying to improve on it. Thank you Azuka.

  33. M

    May 15, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Click here to read the full article? As in this wasnt the full article?!? Wow

    • Mdevaan

      May 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      As iiinnnnn i just shock as i see another link… Abeg o sunday rice is waiting

    • pita

      May 15, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      Lolzzz dude u re wicked

  34. Eve

    May 15, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    This woman is an opportunist. Why on earth is she still using the topic to talk about herself? She was soo unprofessional and in my opinion, rude and heartless towards Tiwa and yet she keeps trying to use Tiwa’s dilema to remain in the News. Who and what gave her the right to even keep talking about this? Please someone give her several seats and tell her to STFU…

  35. Ck

    May 15, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    The woman can’t express herself I think what she’s trying to day is that they recorded it in case she’s misquoted hence it wasn’t supposed to be a video interview, she was just interviewing her for a print magazine

  36. chief

    May 15, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    You see!!!she acknowleges the fact that he was protective of her,,he was intrested in her success, her career which was important to him and she told her that TJ is very emotional and at the same time harmless.I stop reading at “why would he go to social media and rant? A wife that’s making money and trying to be over ambitious depends on the husband,real men don’t want it.,it challenges a lot of manhood and she used it against him to depreciate and devalues him.TEE as a real man was trying to restore his manhood which he took away. Moral of the story,she’s an ingrate and marrying a girl that’s over ambitious is bad why are women so ungrateful? From a concerned” CHIEF”

  37. You should know better

    May 15, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    My sister please move on,so far you are genuinely honest,I also did not see why you brought Dbang to the long epistle,negativity destroys careers trying codedly to instigate falsehood on Dbang was wrong,to me belittle all your long epistle.Inflatable ego can be very destructive to good and otherwise promising careers.

    • Corolla

      May 15, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      I know right, why shade DBanj like that.

  38. Louise

    May 15, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Pls this is totally unrelated. Pls how does one treat fibroid without surgery. I am asking on behalf of a dear friend.
    Pls help a sister out. I don’t know where to start from. The stomach is really big like 8 month pregnancy. The lady in question is against surgery cos she can’t afford it and she Is very scared of it.

    • Wow

      May 15, 2016 at 3:04 pm

      I know some Nigerians are scared of surgery but if the fibroid(s) are affecting ur friend’s daily activities (as you mentioned, she looks 8 months preggers), then honestly, surgical removal might be her best option. I’ve heard of procedures to shrink the fibroids but not sure how effective those procedures are in the long term. I’ve had the surgery (abdominal myomectomy) and it wasn’t bad AT ALL. And I saw significant changes right after.

    • Kizzy

      May 17, 2016 at 4:47 am

      I think you should tell her to look into this non surgical procedure. Its called Uterine Fibroid Embolization(UFE). It does work and is better than having to do surgery. Hope this link can help you with any questions you may have. ask4ufe.com/what-is-ufe/
      Good luck.

  39. Yems

    May 15, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Azuka is not a bad person….she was called for a job and she did her best. You shouldn’t have written anything again, ppl will always talk whether good or bad.

  40. akpagah

    May 15, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Help her with money na.

  41. free consultation

    May 15, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    The only option for a uterine fibroid of the size you have described is surgery. Kindly advise your sister to save up for the surgery. Some people spend a lot of money trying other options and at the end have no money for surgery.
    The larger it gets the more complex the procedure becomes and the costs generally go up because blood transfusions may be involved and the nature of the procedure could change.
    Government hospitals are usually more affordable, the waiting list may be longer and the process more stressful but if she has financial constraints that may be her best bet.
    Surgery is frightening, but it’s important to weigh the risks and the benefits. And in my experience, the mortality from fibroid surgery is really low.
    Hope this helps. All the best to your sister.

  42. pita

    May 15, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Still seeking 4 anoda 45minz of fame! Very pathetic!

  43. Tobby

    May 15, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Epistle according to Saint azuka. You keep shooting yourself in the leg, your term of journalism is really absurd. Madam next time be quick to hear but slow to speak.

  44. gigi

    May 15, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Who just scrolled they this bullshit to comment section and not bother reading all this bullshit .

    This thing is still talking still not wanting to accept responsibility for worse interviewer on the planet

    Excuses excuses that’s what most Africans are always behind. Never want accept responsibility. She’s even more annoying now than ever.

    Girl shut up and take several seats. We don’t care bout you nor your stupid excuses for your failed job

  45. Chinedu

    May 15, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Why does she look so old in the video interview with Tiwa but she looks so young in the wedding pic. Anyway this matter has passed. E don do now!

  46. Bummite

    May 15, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    So this whole narrative is basically to clear the air around her outfit on TV. Lol

  47. Author Unknown

    May 15, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    “Before we started, the guys made it clear to me that they would also like to record the interview with their camera and I innocently agreed”

    No sister Azuka. You stupidly agreed. That’s why they double-crossed you, and Pulse TV got the breaking story. I think you just embarrassed Dr. Daniel Olukoya with that, and This Day should sack you, really. Maybe it was too early in the morning, and you just weren’t thinking, right? First of all, it’s unprofessional of you to want to tell your own personal side of this story. Who asked you? I also can’t believe that you’re still firing back at the public. “Lagos heat has fried their brains”?

    One thing though that I’m happy about is that you readily agree comparing you to Christiane Amanpour is too far-fetched. Matter of fact, there was no basis for that comparison, besides the fact that you’re both women. You’re definitely not in the same profession. LOL. Your 15 minutes of fame have been up a long time ago.

  48. Bubu

    May 15, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    I think I understand the fact that you are a print Journalist and not for the Cameras but I think all this explanation is not necessary at all. Even the biggest names in Journalism have gotten the heat sometimes, to me I was not particular about the facial expression but more on ur Grammatical blunders which I think you should take as a constructive criticism and work on. All in all let this matter rest and move on with your profession. The important thing is you still have ur job right!

  49. Ms jazz

    May 15, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    @chief you’re just an irritant with very absurd look at life

  50. Hian!

    May 15, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    mschwww such an epistle from someone who claims not to care. Just accept that u messed up and try to improve on ya sef before you loose your job because of your pride. If you dont know, you represent a media company maybe u need to be reminded

  51. Wale

    May 15, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    I honestly dont see how this help teebillz,if azuka wants to redeem her image,she shld do a good pr about the guy,no married man is good when is disillusioned a d heartbroken,in the first place tiwa brought down to naija for whatever reason,now dumped him as far as am concerned,tiwa personality wont open door for him cus most men are jealous of his profile,he tried,took to alchohol,like every normal omo boy tried packaged and despite all this,the door still didnt open,he resulted to blaming game ofcourse which is not out place and confessed openly about what he loved most and he wanted to do in lie ie take care of his children.pls help this dude,niaja media na to bring people down not to bring u up.enough of tiwa,that guy cld still be a plus to anybody,to see someone believe in u is rare this day,how much morr of leaving is comfort zone and sailed down to a third country like naija that is full of vampires and envy,apologies pls

  52. memyselfandi

    May 15, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Can she just shut it already! Empty vessel make the loudest noise. Why does she feel the need to constantly defend herself. Sweet heart go back to journalism school then come and talk

  53. pretty

    May 15, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Azuka! Azuka! Azuka! How many times have I called you? Nne, take several seats and learn to choose ur battles. If u are as good as u will have us believe, y do you need validation though? Ur attention seeking syndrome is getting out of hand. MOVE ON!!!

  54. nicole

    May 15, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR SIDE OF THE STORY, U ARE UNPROFESSIONAL AND DESERVE TO BE FIRED. i will beat you if i see you in public

  55. nene

    May 15, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    azuka azuka. journalist of the year, mrs. background information, madam journalist, mrs. exposer of the century. who asked you ally he extras you talked about? I’m tired of this story. tiwa knew what she was getting into and she chose to marry tunji.

  56. ashade

    May 15, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Azuka or whatever you’re called, No matter what you say or how many paragraphs you use to defend yourself, you will always remain a rude, annoying, ugly journalist to the public. It’s too late to try and create a new image because you have spat on the faces of MANY celebrities. It’s your turn to feel the heat. What goes around comes around. You suck at your job and i suggest you go back to media school and learn how to be savvy at your job because clearly you dont know anything. And stop running your mouth like a b-tch talking rubbish about people as if you are perfect. You irritate me please get off the internet

  57. Finding Nemo

    May 15, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    This “side of the story” is very irrelevant. Nobody asked for your opinion Azuka, sit down and shut up

  58. Lolaaaaa

    May 15, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    What annoys me about this woman the most is how she feels so highly of herself. If you go to the U.S and try this rubbish on TV you will get sacked and deported immediately. Hollywood reporters dare not try that rubbish then come back again to defend themselves in a long and boring epistle. Them for beat you badly if you were abroad but Nigerians are keeping cool for some reason. U deserve to be slapped.
    You can never measure up to journalists we see everyday on tv. In my opinion you are WHACK at your job and you shouldn’t be allowed to do journalism in the first place. Your accent is poor, your compusre is inept, your face is constantly looking moody and you have zero respect for any other person in the media industry. And yet you think we are dumb enough to consider you as an expert? Girl bye

  59. Stan

    May 15, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Azuka you are as stupid as the word itself. You are doing your job you said, which job? The job of destroying marriages you mean? Your end time is coming. You think we don’t know how you put the hole in that condom that produced that daughter of yours. Or you think we don’t know you messed Elohors marriage up with the Terry wayas gist. Do you think we know your plot to destroy marriages you can’t have. Tiwa fell for it, too bad but Azuka, Nigerian women are ready for you. You will look for who to razzle and you will not see. Abi no be razzle you dey call am? Before I forget, I know who writes all your stories. I have proof.

  60. Emire

    May 15, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    I can’t believe this woman still has the confidence to talk… She makes me sick

  61. swagg1

    May 15, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    For starters she is a rookie and not a journalist. A season journalist NEVER conducts a one on one interview in the presence of other media house and agreeing that they record the interview as well. My dear you need a serious crash course in dealing with the competition. She left home at 2am and forgot her daughter in the bedroom only to later call her neice to check in on her ??? She said she doesnt keep to appointment when she makes one?? Wow, you need a new profession, cuz you have no business working in that field.

  62. Fashionista

    May 15, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Real Odiegwu! Me I yaf tire Abeg.

  63. Tope

    May 15, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Lol @ M, I was also thinking the same thing when I saw that.

    So in short you knew her when she was nothing, you helped push her career, you planted the seed in TeeBillz to marry Tiwa, you were invited for the wedding in Dubai, you had already planned an interview before the drama happened, you were not paid for the interview and most importantly, you fumbled at the interview because you are not a TV journalist.

    So please why all the long story and irrelevant information?!

    In any case, WE DON’T CARE! We’ve moved on! N145/liter on everyone’s mind right now…. At least on mine…

  64. Bored already

    May 15, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Azuka we don hear! Pls give it a rest. This epistle does not change anyone’s opinion of you. In fact it makes it worse. Your constant need to justify yourself is backfiring. Also you don’t have real friends, because if you do they would tell you the truth and advice against writing stupidity long and boring epistles.

    Just work on your craft, grammar, English, facial expressions and phonetics and you will be just fine. Bush girl.

  65. Shabbuu

    May 16, 2016 at 12:31 am

    Azuka you need to understand that NOBODY likes you, get over it

  66. Letty

    May 16, 2016 at 5:24 am

    THE SO CALLED INTERVIEW WAS HIDEOUS AMATEURISH AND DOWNRIGHT DEPLORABLE…HER DICTION AND EVERYTHING ELSE WAS APPALLING…THERE IS NOTHING SHE CAN DO TO REMEDY THIS SITUATION..HOW SHE GOT THE JOB WITH NDUKA IS BEYOND ME…NIGERIA IS JUST FILLED WITH MEDIOCRE PPL WHO ARE UNNECESSARILY HYPED UP…

  67. Randhomie

    May 16, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Jesu oluwa wa, U guys have got no chill. Take it easy on this babe, chai. Azuka, pls take most of d advise and use it to better ur professional skills.

  68. love

    May 16, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    We just love to criticize don’t we? I’m not one to apologize for or accept mediocrity but I hope you all so up in arms about this take the time to analyze and offer constructive criticism about things that really affect your own lives (not Tiwas who hasn’t complained about Azukas performance to us-she wasn’t forced to do the interview was she?)…this is an entertainment writer we are talking about- not a public servant. Her defensive explanation is unnecessary but so were all the comments- I get it.. in your opinion she sucks but somehow she’s blessed enough to have the connections and success in her career that she does.

    • At love

      May 18, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      For your information, Azuka is the Queen of criticism, so if people have no chill it’s because its about time she got served some of her own medicine. She’s been a beech for a long time.

  69. Passingby

    May 16, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Azuka I have advised why do you bother to answer these idiots. TAKE my honest advise NEVER ARGUE WITH AN IDIOT BECAUSE THEY WILL BRING YOU DOWN TO THEIR LEVEL AND BEAT YOU WITH EXPERIENCE. YOU DON’T HAVE EXPERIENCE OR A DEGREE IN ( I D TEN T) SO HOW DO UOU EXPECT TO BEAT PEOPLE WITH A LIFE TIME OF EXPERIENCE. MY DEAR DIGNIFIED SILENCE PLEASE.

  70. Rose Okwy

    May 16, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Thank God the English is better this time. Okay enough of this. On to the next story. Hope you’ve learnt something. Take acting classes it will help for on air interviews, I promise.

  71. Kizzy

    May 17, 2016 at 4:46 am

    I think you should tell her to look into this non surgical procedure. Its called Uterine Fibroid Embolization(UFE). It does work and is better than having to do surgery. Hope this link can help you with any questions you may have. ask4ufe.com/what-is-ufe/
    Good luck.

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