Ikponmwosa Osakioduwa (born May 21, 1979) is a Nigerian radio and television on-air personality. He was known to most just as Wildchild but since his marriage, has been known as simply IK. He is known for his work with Rhythm 93.7 FM, but he is also a presenter on MNet’s Studio 53, and is best known for Hosting/Presenting of Big Brother Africa
He was born in Lagos, Nigeria to Felicia Oviawe and Brigadier General Samuel Oviawe, and he is the third child of five children.
IK. started out on stage at a young age, acting in stage plays and being in the choir as early as age 7. At age 15 along with some of his siblings and cousins recorded a tape in which he pretended to be a radio show host taking calls from listeners.
IK attended The University of Lagos where he got his start in the television industry on a show called Campus circuit television which aired on Africa Independent Television. After that, he took a break from the industry to concentrate on his education and he graduated with a degree in Economics.
|Real Name:||Ikponmwosa Osakioduwa|
|Date of Birth||May 21, 1980|
|Place of Birth:||Lagos State|
|Occupation:||Radio and TV Presenter|
|Net Worth||$7 million|
Early Life, Childhood and Education
He attended Kings College, Lagos for his secondary education and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Lagos.
He started acting in stage plays at the age of 7 and had also joined the school choir. IK and his other siblings recorded a tape pretending to be a radio show host taking calls from listeners.
IK started out with a show ‘Campus Circuit Television’ which aired on Africa Independent Television.
In 2001, Osakioduwa started as host of the radio program “Rap Kulture”. He has been the host for almost all the shows for Rhythm 93.7 FM at one time or another. He’s currently on the “Morning Drive” with co-host Anita ‘Omaliicha’ and “Dance Party with IK”.
IK also worked in an advertising firm as a Client Service Executive, and in 2005 he returned to the radio station, Rhythm 93.7, and retained the name “The Wild Child”
The TV show, Temptation Nigeria was hosted jointly by IK Osakioduwa, and Kemi Adetiba. The show featured participants from across Nigeria whose knowledge of their country is the major strength for participation.
IK has been a field presenter on the M-Net magazine show that showcases cultural events, historical places, music, art, design, fashion and celebrity personalities from across the African continent.
In September, he started hosting the reality TV show, Big Brother Africa taking over from Kabelo Ngakane. Big Brother Africa went on to phenomenal success. Osakioduwa signed a deal with MNET Africa to continue to host Big Brother Africa, making him the most sought after reality television host in Nigeria / Africa to date.
He says, “BBA was the first show I’d done of this magnitude, it was amazing to be in 40-million homes across Africa all at once. At first it’s super intimidating, but you get used to it before the end of the season.”
In December 2012, IK co-hosted with Ariyike Akinbobola countdown show with, Quest; which is the first of its kind in Nigeria. IK’s most recent shows that he has hosted is the Nigerian Idol season 7.
On 3 October 2008, Ikponmwosa got married to his wife, Olohije in a church ceremony in Lagos after four years of friendship and dating. The couple has two children Osahar and Micah.
In May 2012 Osakioduwa lost his mother, Felicia Oviawe to cancer.