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Tiwa Savage’s interviewer replies critics

Azuka Ogujuiba
Few months after receiving acclaim as part of the team that discovered bread seller turned model Jumoke Orisaguna, Azuka Ogujuiba of This Day newspaper drew the ire of Nigerians for her handling of Tiwa Savage’s interview in response to her husband; Tee Billz’s Twitter rant, the Nation reported this.

Responding to critics, the entertainment journalist said she is shocked to be in the news simply because of her perceived ‘body language’ while interviewing Ms Savage.

“Wow, l am really trending o,” said Azuka on her Facebook account.

“World people have now created another version and topic, ‘The Interviewer’ out of Tiwa Savage and Teebillz marital woe saga. The issue on ground has been shifted aside, and my body language and mannerism during my chat with her is now giving some people sleepless nights.”

Azuka who said she left her daughter and risked her life travelling on Third Mainland Bridge around 2am to conduct the interview said Tiwa respects her journalism style.

“Why would Tiwa prefer me to all the television personalities that has been compared to me to interview her, and some of these TV personalities are always hanging around her more than me? It is simply because she respects my style of journalism.”

She however said there was no way she could have satisfied everyone with the exclusive interview she had with the pop star.

“l have done my bit as a print journalist (not TV) If anybody is so pained by my approach, they should drink acid o, ‘CYBER BULLYING‘ has no space in my territory and to be honest l don’t give a hoot about those hateful comments which they claim is criticism, anyway, it is a free world people are allowed to vent their frustrations termed criticism.”

In an interview with Genevieve magazine, Azuka who studied Mass Communications at the University of Lagos and specialised in Print Journalism, saying she was not trained to be in front of camera, as such she understood the grouse of critics.

“I understand that the criticism was because of the love for Tiwa, so I’m not really bothered because I love her too,” said Azuka.

“So I believe it was because I didn’t show her the love which her fans expected. After the interview was over we still sat down and talked and consoled her.”

Speaking about her reaction to Tiwa’s revelations about her marriage, Azuka stated that she was mostly in shock during the interview, and had to stop herself from crying.

“There were so many memes about my expression,” said Azuka.

“People read me wrong. I was trying not to cry. I was in shock.”

Azuka stated that although she was unable to speak to Tee Billz, she read his exchange with Tiwa on Tiwa’s phone, and was of the opinion that Tiwa was did not set out on a revenge mission as she is a ‘soft soul.’

“I would have asked him (Teebillz) how he allowed situation to deteriorate so horribly. I remember how he used to be so protective of her; she was like an egg to him. So it is so shocking things have gotten to this stage.”

Giving her take on whether or not too much information was shared, Azuka said: “The woman I saw that night was broken. I really don’t want to blame her. She was a woman who had tried so much. She was in a terrible state. I had to ask her why she was crying like someone had died. She has covered so much from the public like when she covered his debts for the car, wristwatch etc because she was scared the media would get hold of all the information.”

Though Azuka said she was familiar with both Tiwa and Teebillz, she doubted if Tiwa would make up such stories.

“I don’t really want to support anyone but I know them both. I know Tiwa will not fabricate things that never happened,” she said.

“If have to stand with anyone I will stand with Tiwa.”

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