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Ms Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo: Angel or Devil - When the interview came calling

Ms Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo:

Angel or Devil - When the interview came calling

 

African Outlook Online Newsdesk

I was sitting quietly at the dining table shortly after noon, Saturday November, 26, 2011, thinking about a planned memorial service for Alhaja Mosunmola Jaccuss-Lawal, the motivating spirit behind one of Nigeria's socio-cultural associations in Minnesota, when the landline and the cell phone began a tandem ringing.

Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo, born Olukemi Ajoke Olabisi Omololu-Olunloyo is a crime victims' Advocate, Journalist, Public Relations guru, and Music Editor.  She is the intrepid owner of HipHossip and Keminications Media and Public Relations.  Her foes say she is a wanted felon, liar, Cyber bully and racist.

 

This only happens when 'trouble' seems about to make an entrance via African Outlook contact line.  Trouble, because you never know who is calling and most often it turns out to be issues of importance to the global news reach of the online news medium so what was it to be this time?

 

"Hello," said I.  "Is this African Outlook?" the almost testy female voice on the line fired.  "Yeah," I said, now resigned to preparing myself for what would probably be an unpleasant encounter given the tone of the voice on the line.

 

"Are you the Editor?" The 'assault' continued, and "Yeah" I went again.  Wrong move!  The voice, just let fly like a gun-slinging cowgirl.  Why?  How?  What? When?  Who? yadda, yadda, yadda.....

 

It was like opening a floodgate, the torrents of which, not even the Dutch Rotterdam Europoort lever system could keep away.  To get a hold of the tele-meeting, I intoned, "And may I know who I'm talking to, please?"  "My name is Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo.  I'm calling from Toronto, Canada." 

 

She asked to know mine too.  I obliged.  Again, she let fly: "So, omo Yoruba tie ni e? ... yadda yadda, yadda ..." ("So you are a Yorubaman...?")  She still spoke the language well, no accents, considering she's been out in the Diaspora for decades.  I noticed.  While still trying to place the caller and the call, my mind went, 'So what?'  Then the processing began.

Kemi with Assistant Defence Minister of Canada Julian Fantino at the 2011 Chief of Police Dinner

 

Oh Yeah?  The same Olunloyo?  Up, from my mental archives, pops the slogan, "Omo wa ni; e je o see"  ("He's our son; let him do it") - the campaign slogan during a governorship contest in Oyo State, Nigeria when her father, Dr. Victor Omololu Olunloyo, the onetime Commissioner for Education and dread of all school principals and students in all secondary schools in the then Western Region of Nigeria in the late sixties, ran for governor.

 

His constituents in Ibadan coined the slogan, when he was running for office in 1983 against the juggernaut politician and legal luminary from Esa Oke and eventually Attorney General of the Federation, the late Bola Ige

 

Only this one was female, definitely a chip off the old block and there is something else.  She definitely has been in a few bare-knuckled 'communication' fist fights and sounded like one who could pick a fight and fight tough too.  I love that but I was not sure I was ready to do this battle that morning.

 

I steeled myself for the brawl and tried to stay at the controls to pilot the verbal encounter.   I asked her if she was ready for an on the record exchange which she accepted and I gave her the details to the African Outlook Teleconference center. 

 

I also called one of my partners, Wasiu Sodeinde to try and set up an in-house team to conduct the interview.

Kemi with colleagues Toronto Sun's Joe Warmington and Chris Doucette

She called in and we went into it with all gusto.  She was blazing hot and we were no push-overs either.  She went after those she claimed were her enemies especially some people from a section of the Nigerian ethnic divide.  She had some choice names for Wole Soyinka, late sage Obafemi Awolowo, Sheu Shagari, Goodluck Jonathan and all Nigeria's leaders.  Her all-time Best Nigerian leader?  Olusegun Obasanjo.  She had a runner-up too.

 

Well, I survived the flood and I'm here to write about it.  The resulting recording was over three hours of hard punching, no-holds-barred bout on slippery terrain.  Sometime accusatory, sometimes emotional, sometimes sarcastic, oftentimes lecturing, and demanding, the jibes went back and forth giving no quarters, accepting none.  The two sides were well matched.    Ms. Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo with the African Outlook tag team of Wasiu Sodeinde and Olusesan Ekisola.

 

The bone of contention was a story carried by African Outlook on her caustic and counter-cultural remarks about a Nigerian legend, the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu on the media announcement of his demise.

 

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu  born to another member of the Nigerian elite class, the late Sir Louis Phillippe Odumegwu Ojukwu, a businessman from Nnewi in south-eastern Nigeria, died in London after a long illness at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in the UK.

 

After Nigeria's first military coup of 1966 and the counter coup that followed, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu declared the defunct Eastern Region a sovereign state to be known as Biafra.  The war to prevent the secession in which an estimated one million people died lasted 30 months and ended on January 15, 1970.  Late Ojukwu still has many followers in Nigeria as discovered in this case.  Or was it just another opportunity to hit one-up on our caller?

 

Ms Olunloyo, it turned out, had also been in a running battle with, not a few, compatriots of the late Biafran leader.  Thus the story captioned "Olunloyo's daughter under fire over comments on Ojukwu" provoked the perfect storm that brought together all party's to the dispute - Ms. Olunloyo, some of her committed foes and friends alike, and African Outlook.

 

For over three hours, she did her best to convince the African Outlook team that all the negative press she was getting emanated from only a few sources and that the entire Nigerian people including Ojukwu's Igbo people were solidly behind her assertions.

 

She stridently attempted to disprove the claim that she was on the lam from the law in the United States although African Outlook probes found that at least four warrants of arrest were still outstanding even now.

 

So, we have the interview, which she has dubbed an exclusive only to African Outlook Online, up on our site.  You can listen to everything, edited for curse words (at least those we could reach), and for issues of legal consequence, other non-acceptable content.

Kemi, the Dame in shinning armor?  Raging mother hen?  Or mischievous imp?

Now, you will have to decide whether she is the genuine article she claims to be or just a spoilt daughter of another Nigerian big man?  Is she a fiercely protective mother hen only out to look for the good of her children as she claims to be, and a community asset, helping to get guns of troubled Canadian neighborhoods as is being portrayed in Canadian media? Or are we looking at a fraud, wanted felon, liar, Cyber bully, racist, self-absorbed, name-dropping criminal on the run from the law like some of her sworn foes think?

 

We will leave that determination to you as you listen to her play-by-play encounter with African Outlook.  But trust us, it is a very interesting interview and we recommend you listen to the entire encounter as broadcast, four segments averaging twenty minutes each.

 

To listen, on the African Outlook Online homepage on the right panel scroll down for an icon for African Outlook Radio between Latest news and Popular.  Trying to click on the 'Play' button will bring up the audio files.  Hover your mouse on the bottom panel of the radio icon and dig right into the Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo interview parts a, b, c, and d.  Happy listening.