Angela Onuora | A Broadcasting Journey From Nigeria to Canada

Angela Onuora | A Broadcasting Journey From Nigeria to Canada

Hey everybody and welcome to AQ’s Blog & Grill. We’re here today talking to Angela Onuora and Angela is joining us today. She’s actually a newcomer from Nigeria to Canada. So we’re just going to chat a little bit about that and find out what’s going on because she has an interesting background we want to share. Hi Angela. Hi Alan. How are you? I’m good. Thanks for having me here. You’re welcome. Now how long have you and your family been here? We’ve been here, next month it’ll be a year. One year. Two years. Two years okay. So the biggest shift you’ve found from Nigeria to Canada has been? The cold. The cold. The winter. Yeah, it cannot be described. I mean we as Canadians we take pride in how cold it gets here. What’s up with that? Who cares? Like when it’s minus thirty
people are out and about having fun and I’m thinking oh Canadians just shut down.
Now you have three little boys. Two little boys and a girl. So you have three hildren and how old are they? The first one is seven, the second is six and the third is going to be three in two weeks. Excellent. Now is that the little girl? Yes. The three-year-old. And what’s her name?
The full name is Onyacom and it means Who will speak for me? Who will defend me. Very good. It’s funny how families will pass on names. My son is Robert MacGregor
and the MacGregor goes back to the original family in Scotland and they
were really good sheep stealers. The MacGregors were like number one when it came to
borrowing other people’s livestock. Without permission. Yeah it was good for a while but then it
kind of got you know subdued. But we brought that name back into the the family. Not that he’s a sheep stealer. I don’t think. I’m pretty sure he’s. You check often though. Yeah I keep him under surveillance. So the cold has been a thing. Now in
Nigeria you were working in broadcast. And tell us a little bit about that. I
was an on-air personality and it was a talk radio station, the first talk radio station in Nigeria. It was just talk. The first talk radio station in Nigeria. Yes, it was just all of talk. Because we’re starting out there was a lot of music, old music, like oldies and they’re tuning in so that’s how we built our fan base. by joining in the right crowd
right just listening to talk. And I did a couple of shows, one about women, that was called “We Women” and it was everything to do with women. We first had an hour and because it was hugely popular my boss said you know what just have ninety minutes, you know just take the 90 minutes because you’re going to need them. Women just have so much to say. But it was amazing that most of my callers, like 90% of my callers, were men. Calling into the woman’s talk show? Now why would men do that? I think they were just intrigued. They were calling in saying oh why do women do this? Oh is this why women do this? Oh I couldn’t figure out -. And you know we were talking about really serious issues. It wasn’t a fun show. We were trying to keep it as fun as possible but it was dealing with serious issues like rape and divorce and domestic violence and all of that. So it was really hard topics to talk about but we had to kind of do it in a calm way, in a fun way. So I would make my guests take up nicknames so I wouldn’t refer to them as their names during the show I’d call them their nicknames. Like you now going with your socks I would call you Lightning MacAlan. Lightning MacAlan, see there’s another good name. I could go with that. Yes. I’m going to have a new Twitter handle called Lightning MacAlan. Just for your socks collection. My socks could speak. Okay, so you’ve got all these men calling
your women’s show because men are kind of dumb and we don’t know anything. We really don’t know what’s going on. But you think you do. Well we pretend. We just let you think you do. Yeah. We just let you go with it. Thank you. Speaking on behalf of all men we thank you for that because without that I don’t know how we never got along. You’re very welcome. Okay so you’re the talk show on-air personality, you’re the host of this show and did you do anything else? Were you involved in film in Nigeria? Yes, I dabbled a bit into acting as well, writing, scriptwriting. I did anything broadcast needed. I hosted television shows, hosted live shows, just I really like you know
the media industry. It’s something that – I wasn’t sure that I was born to do this until I got in front of a camera. I was nervous as hell but once I just
sailed through the first rehearsal, I’m like wow! Felt the adrenaline. It was like I was born to do this. I’m bad! I own this. I own this. Very good. So now we’re in Canada. You’ve been here for two years and have you got anything that you’re
looking at doing here? I know you’ve been thinking about a film idea. How’s that going? I’m trying to work with either Conestoga College or the Commons Studio because I submitted a film concept. They were having a preproduction program to support upcoming filmmakers and I submitted a film concept and I was picked. I was selected to come to program. So I was really excited about that
opportunity and it was fun and I learned so much in such a short time. And I loved the fact that there’s just so much knowledge to be shared you know unlike well I wouldn’t say unlike in Nigeria. Not to bash the Nigerian economy but you know it’s just that you’d have to pay for most of these things but here you have workshops upon workshops, free workshops just you know they host workshops for learning how to man the camera and then I could just go there and then learn how to
man a camera. And that was good knowledge for me. That was very important information for me because I need to learn every facet of my job to be able to do it well. So the
film concept is still there. We want to coproduce. It’s a short film and hopefully it will lead to production of the main film. Yes. And then also a talk show, I told you about the talk show, about getting foreign families, immigrant families, over a nice meal, talk about why they’ve moved here, just to let Canadians connect with their door-to-door neighbor, next-door neighbor, people who look different from them. Why did they move here? You see a lot of Africans, Asians, Europeans and then you don’t know why they’re here. Some people just assume you’re here for a better life. Sometimes not. Exactly and in those stories again have to be shared because it will lead to a better understanding and more understanding means a better community. More inclusion. Inclusion. That’s a keyword. We should always keep that in mind. Yes. So Angela, I know you’re going to do well, and we at AQ’s Blog & Grill are going to help you do well, so thanks for joining us. Thank you so much. You’re welcome. AQ’s Blog & Grill


    I stopped complaining about how cold it gets … becoming a Canadian-Egyptian made me train myself to be proud of the weather … I always say , I learnt resilience during the Canadian winter

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