I first met her in person, at an event in 2014. I remember the absolute grace with which she carried herself; true royalty cannot be bought or faked. Her body of work is impressive, too – she became a television presenter in Nigeria at the age of 17 (absolutely unheard of at the time) and has built a sustainable brand since then. So, it didn’t take long for me to begin to
hound ask HRH Princess Moradeun for this interview …
Name: Hrh Princess Moradeun Adedoyin-Solarin aka ‘Princess Of Arize!’
Best Known For: Being a Pan-African Royal & Broadcast/Media Specialist, Creator of the Cutting Edge TV Talk-Show – ‘Princess of Arize!’ and My Work as Chair of our Charity Girl Child Network Worldwide (GCNW)
Websites: www.zedakahafrika.com & www.girlchildnetworkworldwide.org
Describe yourself in three phrases: Royal Pan-African, Mumpreneur, Change-Agent
Previous occupation: Broadcast Journalist & Host of the renowned ‘Morning Ride’ Breakfast Talk-Show on Nigerian Television Authority, NTA2 Channel 5. I was also Head of Presentation Department, for NTA Channel 7
12-month goal: To keep elevating our charity’s campaign against child abuse, FGM, human trafficking, child bride syndrome, domestic violence & sexual exploitation of women, the girl-child & children.
Describe your outlook & what makes your work/brand, unique: My quest is to ensure that I always use my Arize! brand & platform to bring about a better quality of life for all
Your greatest career highlights to date: Was the youngest TV Presenter on Nigerian Television at the tender age of 17yrs in 1975 & I recently celebrated 41yrs in the Broadcast & Media industry. I wqas also the very 1st African Female to create an independent talk show – ‘Princess of Arize!’ & Production Outfit in the UK, under the Arize! Brand. I have also been recipient of awards across the globe for the roles I have played in enhancing development & growth, using my media platform & royal status. To mention a few – The UK High Profile British Female Inventors & Innovators (GWIIN/BFIIN Awards) 2007 for creating the Arize! Media/TV Brand; The N4Life 2010 Special Recognition Award (which was presented to only one recipient) for using my Arize! media platform to counter the bad press peddled by the western media, whilst highlighting a positive image for Nigeria as well as the African continent; BEFFTA Media Icon Award 2012 alongside Sir Trevor McDonald; The Lift Effects STAR Award; The Women in Entertainment & Media Award for my years of contribution to the entertainment & media industries; The International Women’s Peace Award in South Korea for the work I do with Women & The Girl Child … What can I say, I’ve been busy, consistent and I have been really fortunate.
Is international appeal important to you?: Errrr Yes & No! (laughing) Yes, because I love to use my brand to showcase Africa in a positive light, and help to correct any wrong images and impressions that might be put out there. No, because as an authentic Royal & daughter of Yoruba kings, we like to remain enigmatic … so if anyone is curious enough, they will take the time to find out more and discover my deep Yoruba traditions & learn more about our rich African culture
Most important piece of equipment you use in your career: The microphone! 😉
A typical day for you is: Get up at 6.30am, no matter how late I slept; do my devotionals & listen to inspirational and gospel music whilst I catch up with emails and outstanding work, and my husband kindly brings me some tea or coffee. I check my diary to confirm personal appointments or any Skype meetings, both for my personal business & our Charity. I then check on my children in their rooms to see they are all keeping well or via WhatsApp for those who have left home and live away or abroad. I attend meetings, events, or speaking engagements as required. When I am not scheduled to attend a meeting, event or speaking engagement, I stay indoors and do my work or research. I am a nocturnal person, so I tend to work and do my social media stuff till pretty late, sometimes knocking off as late as 2am-ish, but will be up when my alarm goes off at 6.30am!
What legacy would you like to leave?: To be remembered as The Pan-African Royal, who spoke out for vulnerable people and did her best as a #GameChanger, who always wanted to Arize!
What is the hardest professional decision you’ve ever had to make?: Leaving my Broadcast & Media career on Nigerian Television when I relocated to the UK so I could be with my children who were continuing their education in England at the time … for me, it was the ultimate sacrifice I could make as a mother.
Your biggest career mistake: Trusting other people with business decisions that I should have handled myself & getting utterly burnt! 🙁
Most common & avoidable mistake you see in younger people in your career: Thinking you are a diva after spending just 60 seconds in the industry, NO You are NOT! The Entertainment industry as a whole, is very fickle and a career can be short-lived if adequate care is not taken. They take things for granted, without realising that to be in front of an audience is a huge privilege. Yet, at the end of the day, it is important to remember that it is just a JOB!!!
Single piece of advice you give your mentees: Be confident in yourself, but be open to learning more, because you can never know it all. Don’t be afraid to ASK, because it is better to be safe than sorry.
You live in: Croydon (Surrey)
Favourite food: I Love seafood; when I see food, I simply eat (laughing)
Biggest spiritual/life lesson you’ve learned: To fear and worship your creator; love and cherish your family and friends; honour those with whom your path crosses; and never take anyone or anything for granted.
What do you do for leisure?: Read, listen to music and dance a whole lot!
One app or piece of technology you cannot do without: My laptop & phone
Your most over-used word/phrase: “Arize!!!”
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