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Funmi Iyanda

Funmi Iyanda

Funmi Iyanda is a Nigerian talk show host, broadcaster, journalist and blogger. She is the CEO of Ignite Media.

Background information

Full Name: Olufunmilola Aduke Iyanda

Born: 27 July 1971

Birth place: Lagos

Nationality: Nigerian

Famous as: talk show host, broadcaster, journalist, blogger

Years active: 2009 – present

Movies: Walking with Shadows

Education: University of Ibadan, International School, Ibadan

Parents: Gabriel and Yetunde Iyanda

Religion: Christian

Funmi Iyanda

Biographical and educational history

Funmi Iyanda was born in Lagos to the family of Gabriel and Yetunde Iyanda. Her father was from Ogbomoso and her mother from Ijebu-Ode.

Funmi Iyanda grew up in the Lagos Mainland area; however, her mother died when she was seven years old.

She attended the African Church Princess Primary School, Akoka, and the Herbert Macaulay School in Lagos, Nigeria, for her primary education and the International School Ibadan for her secondary education.

Funmi Iyanda then went on to the University of Ibadan where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography.

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Good Morning Nigeria

Funmi Iyanda foray into television began when she started producing and presenting Good Morning Nigeria, a breakfast magazine television show.

The “Heroes” segment, which exalted the achievement of deserving members of society, and “Street Life”, which unlike many shows at the time, went out on the streets in search of compelling Nigerian human-interest stories.

The show focused on the injustices suffered by Nigerians, particularly the vulnerable members such as women and children. The show was syndicated on national television.

The first show Funmi Iyanda anchored was called MITV Live, produced by Segun Odegbami and Tunde Kelani.

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sports journalism

Funmi Iyanda also explored her deep passion for sports by entering the world of sports journalism.

She worked on a documentary for the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations and she covered the 1999 female Football World Cup, the All Africa Games in Zimbabwe, as well as the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games in Sydney and Athens.

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New Dawn with Funmi

New Dawn with Funmi started in 2000 and ran daily on NTA 10 Lagos. The success of the show made it the longest-running independently produced show on NTA.

Funmi Iyanda has also written regular columns in Tempo Magazine. On occasion, she still serves as a guest columnist for Farafina Magazine.

She has also written for PM NEWS, The Punch, Daily Trust, and Vanguard Newspapers.

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Talk With Funmi

In 2010, after a two-year break, Funmi Iyanda returned to the screen with Talk with Funmi (TWF), a television show directed by Chris Dada.

Talk With Funmi travels throughout Nigeria, from state to state, capturing people and conversations around the country.

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My Country: Nigeria

In 2010 Funmi Iyanda completed production on My Country: Nigeria, a three-part documentary celebrating the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence, which was aired on the BBC World Service.

Lagos Stories, one of the episodes of the documentary was subsequently nominated in the category for “Best News Documentary” at the 2011 Monte Carlo Television Festival in Monaco.


In 2012 Funmi Iyanda and her creative partner Chris Dada released, an web series documenting the January 2012 fuel subsidy protests that took place in Lagos, Nigeria.

It could not be aired on Nigerian TV, the web series presents an insider view of the Lagos protests, in which people of all classes took to the streets demanding a reversal of the 117% hike in petrol prices.

It was nominated in the non-fiction web series category at the 2012 BANFF World Media Festival, in Alberta, Canada.

In 2012 she was honoured by the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, for her commitment to gender advocacy as she returned from a five-day UN advocacy trek up Mount Kilimanjaro.

The climb was organised by the UN to raise global awareness on its campaign to End Violence against Women and Girls and brought together climbers from more than 32 African countries in a historic advocacy journey up Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Board Funmi Iyanda has served

Funmi is a member of the African Leadership Institute, Tutu Fellow, and a participant of the ASPEN Institute’s Forum for Communications and Society.

Funmi serves on the Board of Farafina Trust and Positive Impact Youth Network.

She participated at the Occupy Nigeria series of protests in January 2012.

The protests were to resist the implementation of the government’s fuel subsidy removal policy.

Awards and recognitions

In 2011 Funmi Iyanda was honored for her web series by the World Economic Forum

Forbes’ 20 Youngest Powerful African Women 2011

Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum 2012

Nigeria’s 100 Most Influential Women 2014

A BBC 100 Women to watch lister 2014

Honorary fellowship from University of Cumbria 2015


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