“I Learnt To Take Risks”- Bolanle Olukanni On Pursuing Her Dreams & Hosting Project Fame

To Bolanle Olukanni, life is not about acquiring things. What matters to her is building relationships and doing the impossible through hard work and con­sistency.


Bolanle who co-hosts Moments with Mo alongside talk show host and CEO of EbonyLife TV, Mo Abudu and Dolapo Oni only recently joined the reality music show, MTN Project Fame West Africa as a co-host with Joseph Benjamin. Bolanle told Sunday Sun that the gains of this new phase in her career are more than the pains.

Read Excerpts from the interview:

How do you feel co-hosting Project Fame Season 7?

I am so excited about being the new co-host for Project Fame. Project Fame is an amazing show that has produced exceptional talents. Being part of the show allows me to appreciate the music industry in Nige­ria. It’s wonderful watching all the contestants grow and develop their talents. I really enjoy it. The energy that comes from the audience is amazing. I enjoy watching the contestants perform and it’s great when the audience responds so well to them especially after all of their hard work.

Bolanle Olukanni

Would you say your background and ex­perience prepared you for this position?

I have a dual degree in Communications and Inter­national Studies. I have always been involved with the arts in one way or the other.

Bolanle Olukanni

What are the pains and gains of this new phase of your career?

I think with every new venture there are going to be pains, but overall I would say there have been more gains.

Bolanle Olukanni

What lessons have you learnt from your career?

I am young in the entertainment industry and I have learnt to never take no for an answer especially when I have a vision. I have also learnt to be willing to take risks even when it means I might fail. Failure is never failure if you learn something from it.

Bolanle Olukanni

Have you always wanted to be a presenter?

I didn’t always want to be a presenter. I initially wanted to work in the development sector in Nigeria. During my NYSC programme , I got a job working at a non-government organization and I really enjoyed my time there, but I began to grow restless. I had been working for not-for-profit organizations throughout my time in the university and I felt that it was time I put my other degree, Communication Studies to use. That is when I decided to audition for presenting jobs.

Bolanle Olukanni

What rules do you live by?

Life is not about acquiring things but about building relation­ships and friendships. I am a firm believer in the impossible hap­pening with hard work and consistency.

Bolanle Olukanni



Credit: The Sun | Photo Credit: MTN Project Fame


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