Kolawole Olawuyi: ‘Nnkan mbe’ presenter, fearless ‘whistle-blower’ who died while exposing secrets

Ogberi Sigba Awo
Sigba Awo ×2
O oh × 6
Ogberi sigba awo x1
O oh ×3
Okunkun la apanimayoda
Sha sha sha Sigbaawo
Se se se sigba aye
Ogberi sigba aye wo kunle oorun o
Se iba fun apanimayo ,mayoda o o
Yeyemi apanimoyoda
E eh eh Ibafun o wa ki po Sigba
Omo awo ko ni sa somo awo x 4

The words above were taken from a Yoruba song by Hebert Ogunde called “Sigba Awo.” In the South West, at 8 p.m. on Fridays, people gathered around radios in homes, street corners, and electricians’ shops to listen to Kola Olawuyi’s program. Those who listened to this fearless investigative journalist growing up understood that it would be very fiery, sensitive, and demanding if Kola Olawuyi opened any program with the profound and spiritual words of Herbert Ogunde’s song ‘Ogberi sigba awo’.

KOLA OLAWUYI was a gifted and skilled individual. He selected broadcast investigative journalism and made his contributions with grace and style. When Toba Opaleye, Gbenga Adeboye, and others who had enslaved the industry with their talents, brilliance, and knowledge of the radio business first entered the radio industry, humor and Ewi were the people’s favorites and ruled the airways.

Olawuyi was more interested in conducting investigations, revealing murky secrets through radio or television programs. When others preferred comedy and standard radio fare, he opted to reveal obscure secrets. He possessed guts, tenacity, and bravery. The presenter, who was born in Ibadan, could reveal any secret he desired.

He has a refined taste in spiritual things, yet he couldn’t compete with his coworkers. He did not spare pastors, robbers, or terrible landlords who make tenants’ life miserable as he exposed witches, wizards, ritualists, and kidnappers.

Top preachers were also not forgiven. They were all caught in his poisonous tentacles, including Guru Maraji, Micheal King, T.B. Joshua of the Synagogue, Prophet Okorocha, Malaika (a woman who claims to be God), and others. He also raided kidnappers’ hideouts with cameras and uncovered churches whose owners had ritually buried individuals alive or dead in their structures to entice crowds.

He began a radio program called Iriri Aye on the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Ibadan, in 1992 as a broadcaster with a focus on human interest tales. Fortunately, the radio program was enthusiastically greeted by his supporters and fans and it sparked emotions. The Okorocha narrative raised the bar, and in the late 1990s, “Iriri Aye” became a well-known radio show.


Akolawole Olawuyi was born in 1963 in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State. His mother is said to have been a Muslim, and his father, Williams Inaolaji Olawuyi, was a pastor. He was an extremely difficult, unyielding, and demanding child who saw journalism as a divine duty put upon him by God to improve the world.


We do not know the names of the primary and secondary schools he attended as of the time of publishing this report. He did attend The Polytechnic in Ibadan, nevertheless, and there he earned a National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) in mass communication. He was just about to complete his Master’s degree in Communication Arts at the prestigious University of Ibadan when he passed away at the age of 44.


His marriage produced four children: three girls and one boy who also happens to be a saxophone. He was married to just one woman.


The Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Ibadan, was the first significant media organization where he had the opportunity to display his talents. In 1992, he started the 30-minute radio program Iriri Aye, and he successfully operated it until it gained popularity in the late 1990s after exposing one Okorocha, the teacher and prophet.

Okorocha was a well-known prophet who frequently worked miracles using black eggs. This exposé drew a sizable audience, and everyone applauded the program Iriri Aye on FRCN. Additionally, he looked into Temitope Balogun’s Synagogue Church of All Nations, also known as T.B. Joshua.

The talented broadcaster trampled on some of the nation’s influential people, and he paid the price. Kolawole Olawuyi’s newfound fame resulted in petitions, threats, and harassment. He left Ibadan due to pressure and started the same radio program in Ogun State.

This program, Nnkan N Be (Strange but real), was the pinnacle of his professional and personal life. He exposed ritualists, imposters, and kidnappers, as well as covered many human-interest tales that drew many Nigerians, particularly in the South West. He was not just well-liked but also wealthy. He established a business company and eventually expanded into the production of television shows.


On March 3, 2007, Akolawole Olawuyi passed away. Some of his coworkers, including Nnkan n be’s avid listeners, did not accept the news of his death when it first broke. They had such faith in him that they believed he was too strong to pass away at 44 without a fight. His passing surprised and shocked everyone.

According to reports, he had been afflicted with the illness that ultimately led to his death for three months.

According to some stories, the illness that resisted all medical intervention was brought on by his secret programs.

Many of Akolawole Olawuyi’s admirers asserted that the renowned broadcaster was murdered by witches, wizards, ritualists, and phony pastors whom he exposed on his program Nnkan n be. There were a number of theories as to what killed him, but the one that gained the most traction was because he was adamant on felling a tree in his rented property.

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