Daily Trust (Abuja)

2 September 2012

Nigeria: Stella Anulika Nwosu Aka Willy-Willy, Pidgin English On-Air Personality, Master of Ceremony, Humanitarian, Health Advocate, Anti-Kidnapping Advocate

opinion

Stella Anulika Nwosu, aka Willy-Willy, is a popular radio presenter with 99.5 Wazobia FM, a pidgin English station in Abuja. She is the presenter of the much celebrated programmes, Totori Word, Oga Madam Office and Friday Morning Groove. Stella, who is from Awka-South in Anambra State is a graduate of Mass Communication, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

She started working with Wazobia in September of 2009 as an on air personality, with the name Willy-Willy which she coined from her native name Anulika, whose short form is Nwuli. She has NTA news broadcasters as her biggest influence for going into presentation. The second of three children, Stella is very mischievous. She grew up in Ajegunle, Lagos, which gave her Pidgin English savvy. Stella likes it when everybody is happy and dislikes it when people intimidate others.

Willy -Willy has received many awards for the work she does on the radio including the Recognition Award presented to her by the Faculty of Arts, University of Abuja and the certificate of recognition for the promotion of Nigeria pidgin (Naija langwej). She has also received awards for using her platform to promote many social and health issues. Among them a recognition award for selfless contribution to blood safety and availability in Nigeria by the national blood transfusion service Abuja and excellence award for the Miss NGO beauty pageant show, Abuja. Stella, who is concerned about the less privileged in the society and is very much involved in charity work, is a member of the Volunteers Against Kidnapping and Human Trafficking, VAAKHAAT. She is an advocate for family planning awareness and epilepsy awareness.

I first met Willy-Willy about six weeks ago when I wanted her to join a stellar cast of journalists for an anti-human trafficking media training organised by the ILO. I found her pleasant and polite on the phone and when I eventually met her, I was totally taken in by the sweet, forthright and very funny person she turned out to be. Stella Anulika Nwosu is not a fluke. What you see is what you get. She is a broadcaster who would go very far because she is smart, passionate and very hardworking. She is also a very pro-Nigerian individual who believes in her country. She is warm and giving and a great voice for the downtrodden. Great job, Willy-Willy. Here, enjoy her favourite books.

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