Saleh5POPULARLY called Uwa in the morning TV talk show, Your View, Osayuwamen Saleh’s voice endeared many of TV viewers to her.  She spoke on how she met and married her husband.

Briefly tell us about yourself.

My name is Osayuwamen Peace Saleh.  I am from Edo State and I am married to a man from Adamawa State.

How did you meet your husband?

We met in Benin, Edo State when I was in the university and because I grew up in the North we relate very well.

What brought you into broadcasting?

I have always loved to be on television. We did a playlet in school then, my mother disapproved all that, I didn’t plan this. I am a skincare consultant.  I sell cosmetics.  One of my friends told me they were looking for ladies to talk on television and because that has always been what I wanted to do, I jumped on the boat. I thought it is a good avenue for me to start.

But this is not your background educationally?

Yes, I did Physics in school.

What fascinates you about the job?

For the fact that I could say something that would touch someone somewhere.  I have met people who walk to me and said they learnt something from the show.  For me, it is the ability to educate the people.

How would you describe your first time facing the camera?

It was live audition, I was shivering.  It was okay, a good experience for me.

What special ritual do you do before coming to face the camera?

Read and read, research.  This show has brought me to learn more, to read more, get the right information.  We have to be here at 7 a.m, we make-up, dress and go on set at 9 a.m.  We also get a cup of tea because the studio is cold.

What informs your type of look on set, dress, make-up?

We tried as much as possible not to be stereotype. I don’t have a particular choice, I just try to look good.

Who are your heroes in broadcasting?

I like Oprah Winfrey, Mo Abudu.  I learnt a lot from her, we are regular people that come from different backgrounds.

What are your unique qualities?

They say I have a very strong voice.

Where did the voice come from?

It’s natural. Sometimes when people call me they always think they are talking to a man, because I don’t have that tiny feminine voice.

Would you not say your look is one of your strong points?

I don’t see that, I think my strong points are my voice and passion, what I stand for.

Where do you see yourself in years to come?

We are going places with the show. I love the fact that it has brought the women in a different light. It’s not just about the kitchen, we can do the house work and at the same time go through the pages of newspapers. I love to be part of the show for a long time, though I have my personal business that I run.

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