Ikponmwosa Osakioduwa

Ikponmwosa Osakioduwa Biography / Profile

Ikponmwosa Osakioduwa (known as Wildchild) was born in Lagos, Nigeria, on May 21st, 1979 to Brigadier General Samuel Oviawe and Mrs. Felicia Oviawe from Benin City, Oredo local government area of Edo state. He is a radio and television on-air personality.


Ikponmwosa Osakioduwa Age

Ikponmwosa Osakioduwa is 41 years old.


Ikponmwosa Osakioduwa Early Life

Born in 1979, as the middle child of five, IK quite easily took on the role of mischief -maker as the last of the older three and chief entertainer as the first of the younger three. He was quite literally on everybody’s team. His shenanigans at home progressed to acting in stage plays and being in the choir as early as age 7. At age 15, IK, along with some of his siblings and cousins recorded a tape in which he pretended to be a radio show host taking calls from listeners. It was remarkably good and ignited a fire that would become the full conflagration that it is now.

Many things came together to mold IK’s winning personality and aptitude for his work. His dad’s military career would see them constantly on the move, unlocking his natural wonder and passion for meeting and engaging with people. In the midst of all of these IK would learn to overcome mild dyslexia in childhood, which would inadvertently boost his sense of determination and create that keen sense of observation that would define his unique wit and humor. IK has a heart of gratitude that overflows with the desire to give back. With an understanding of how far he has come, he has looked for ways in which to impact those around him and help give as many as he can a leg up.

He attended The University of Lagos, Nigeria, where he graduated with a degree in Economics. It was during his days at university that he got his first peek into the television industry on an African Independent Television show called ‘Campus Circuit Television’.


Ikponmwosa Osakioduwa Career

Ik's post- university voyage into entertainment started in 2001 with Rhythm 93.7FM as a radio presenter. His versatility, talent, doggedness and charisma moved him smoothly into the other fields of media and entertainment including movies and TV shows like MNET’s Studio 53; the hit quiz show “Temptation Nigeria”, three seasons of MNet’s Comedy Club: Live in Lagos and most notably 6 seasons of the most popular reality TV program in Africa.

Big Brother Africa in particular enjoyed phenomenal success, invading over 40 million homes across Africa— a staggering magnitude which drew IK further into the continental spotlight, helping to establish him as the most sought after live television host in Nigeria and Africa to date. It came as no surprise then, when in 2014, IK went on to become the Host and Producer of the Africa Magic show ‘Highlites with IK’. The show was the first of it’s kind - a Late Night Television Show in Africa, which brought to the forefront his unique take on current affairs and entertainment through witty and humorous social commentary. His winning smile and the easy but engaging way he has about him ensured the show became an instant favourite. He signed a deal with MNET Africa to continue to host Big Brother Africa, making him the most sought after reality television host in Nigeria and Africa to date.

In 2016, he became the host of the very first edition of The Voice Nigeria— an internationally franchised Reality TV Singing Competition. Again, to rave reviews and an ever growing fan-base. Not one to just sit back and pat himself on the back after a success, IK decided after years in the entertainment world that he had even more to give.

He started a Production and Communications Company called Lite Communications. Serving as the Managing Director of the company, he pours his heart and soul into all the projects in its stables. ??Referred to as a smart icon, IK has held an ambassadorial role for the leading Telecommunications brand – Airtel. Which auspicious company obviously recognized his universal appeal, and role model qualities.


Ikponmwosa Osakioduwa Personal Life

IK got married to Olohije Osakioduwa on October 3rd, 2008 in Lagos and they are blessed with two children; Osahar and Micah. In May 2012, he lost his mother, Felicia Oviawe to cancer.

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Ikponmwosa Osakioduwa Awards

He has won the Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Award for African Broadcaster of the Year (Male) and has alos been nominated for the  City People Music Award for Male On Air Personality of the year award.


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