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I’m back to proffer more solutions to lingering social crisis, says Iyanda

By Shakirah Adunola
16 August 2022   |   3:36 am
In an effort to hold decision-makers accountable, popular talk show host, Olufunmilola Aduke Iyanda, popularly known as Funmi Iyanda, is back on the small screen with the unveiling of another talk show, Public Eye season 2.
Funmi Iyanda

Funmi Iyanda

In an effort to hold decision-makers accountable, popular talk show host, Olufunmilola Aduke Iyanda, popularly known as Funmi Iyanda, is back on the small screen with the unveiling of another talk show, Public Eye season 2. The show, she said, would address trending divisive conversations depriving the country of peaceful coexistence.

The show will be aired every Thursday night, at 9:00pm on TVC, and on Public Eye YouTube channel.

The launch, tagged, An evening with Funmi, was well attended by prominent people in the media, tech and fashion sectors, featuring a conversation on evolution of media, networking, parley and dining.

The host, Iyanda, said the show is aimed at ensuring that justice prevails, as well as, proffer solutions to challenges bedeviling the country’s progress.

“The need to bring understanding to complex issues inspired my desire to start the show. There is a lot of interest in the news but beyond the news, how do we follow up? How do we make sure that things we reported get resolution?

“This is always the kind of thing that I have always done in the media. I think there was a need to bring understanding, because there is a lot of misunderstanding, and polarisation in public now. People are always having differences in religion, ethnicity and gender. Forgetting things that unite us; that we can work together on. All the negative things reported by the media, how do we find real solutions to them beyond the first reportage. Reporting is very important but after reporting, how do we get solutions to these problems?

“We are in a situation where things had gone wrong for a long time. There is the tendency to trauma bomb, and I see it happen to us in Nigeria if not addressed outrightly.”

She commended MacArthur Foundation, which supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant and peaceful world.

Iyanda added that cost effectiveness is the major reason why the show is limited to a few media platforms; with time others will be considered.

“If we have the means, we will use more platforms, you know how expensive airtime is in Nigeria. This kind of social issues show will be great if we don’t have to pay for it on air. If other TV stations want us to bring the show to their channel, we will surely agree,” she said.