Marilyn Oma Anona is the Managing Director of the Alpha Gamma Multimedia Ltd. She is also the host and producer of The Oma Living Show, which talks about instilling good values in youths.
In this interview with Sola Abe for Woman.ng, Marilyn talks about herself and her career.
Marilyn Oma Anona
My name is Marilyn Oma Anona. I am the talkshow host and producer of Your phenomenal TV talkshow/live show, the Oma Living Show. I am the Managing Director of the Alpha Gamma multimedia Ltd, a multimedia company in Abuja. I am the first child of my parents. I am from Abagana, Anambra state.
My core value is love. Amongst the values I treasure and hold so highly are integrity, loyalty, faithfulness and hardwork. I graduated from the Anambra State Univeristy and I have had several other trainings that helped to shape me into the person that I am today.
Considering what I studied in the university, I should be in the hospital, but I decided to go this path because this is actually my calling even though at the initial stage it wasn’t easy but with persistence and being strong-willed, I was able to convince the people around me that this is what I want to do.
I am so much concerned with humans and believes that the society would be a lot better if the people that make up the society become what they were created to be.
Oma Living Show
The Oma Living show is a phenomenal talk show and our chief aim is to inspire the uninspired. It is in a bid to change the society by first changing the individuals that make up the society that the Oma Living Show came into existence. Oma Living Show believes that we should be the change we want to see and in order to achieve this, individuals, particularly youths need to discover who they are. The major theme of the show is self-discovery. Amongst others are inculcation of values, living a positive life and succeding in them, curbing nagging issues.
The show focuses on the youth because they are the bulk of the population at any point in time and they are the people whose lives are evolving at a very fast rate. So corrective, directive and inspirational measures to make them be the best they can will always go a long way to make our society be a better place for all of us.
The unique thing about the Oma Living Show is we are not just concerned about the glamour, we want to make real impact and that is why we go beyond the TV.
Recently, we launched a live TV show called Business and Family lifeline, this show is aimed at young people to be able to reach their relationship and career goals.
Impact Of Oma Living Show
The Oma Living Show has made a lot of impact. The youths in the city of Abuja can attest. We’ve been able to do a lot of programmes and given out scholarships to a lot of people through our Right Stage Project. The Oma Living Show has organised a lot of matches and seminars against the societal vices, domestic violence, rape, drug abuse and so many other things. We’ve been able to organise a talent contest for the youths, recognized a lot of youths that are doing well in the society.
Every topic and event we organise is aimed at something and at the end, we have ways to know if we have done well or not.
The Right Stage
We are aware that not all who fit into our target audience have access to TV, so the right stage is an arm of the Oma Living Show that caters for such people.
The Right Stage is about children, teenagers and youths who are in the public schools across Nigeria, and then we incorporated the less privileged, vulnerable children, school dropouts, and vulnerable women.
If we really want to touch the society we must reach these set of people as they lack the information and the resources to grow are not there which is a problem.
So far, we have been to three states and reached more than 50 schools. We have been to IDP camps and we still do a follow-up. The Right Stage Project is about physically meeting the needs of our target audience.
I am not a feminist, I am a realist. I’m a humanist. I believe that everyone should be treated right, not minding their gender. Feminism says its fighting for equal economic, social, political rights for women. As far as I know no woman from my place has been held back from doing what she wants to do because she is a woman but if this is the real definition of feminism, there is no problem with that.
However, I find it hard to contend with the fact that a lot of modern day women have translated feminism to mean bitterness, either by their statements, body languages, or attitudes.
If feminism is what women on social media portray it to be, then, I don’t want to be associated with it.
My role model, Chimamanda Adichie is a feminist and I know she is one who believes in relationships, love and respect for her husband. We all know her level of achievement and it hasn’t stopped her from being a woman. That is the kind of feminist that if at all I would want to be. But in all, I just want to work towards making humans better, either man or woman because if we concentrate on the women and leave the men out of it, women will constantly have problems and vice versa.
Everything has to be balanced for life to go on properly. Men and women can never be equal, it doesn’t mean that one is above the other but things that are not the same can never be equal. I think we should all concentrate on our biological and natural gender roles.
We should all strive to be the best when it comes to these roles and every other thing should be a bonus. I don’t want to be a man, I love being a woman and I know it cant stop me from attaining any level of success.
Bond With Father
Everyone knows there is this natural bond between the first daughter and her father, but I think mine goes way beyond that. He is the one person that knows when I am down even when I try to pretend. He has influenced me in a lot of ways, particularly in the aspect of optimism, holding on strong no matter whats comes my way, and being hardworking. My eloquence is from him and most of the natural gifts and ability that I have are from him; talk about writing, public speaking, acting and lots more.