Kemi Owatemi, popularly known as “Kemi Smallz” [she is 5ft tall], is an on-air personality at Lagos’ lifestyle radio station, City FM, as well as a TV presenter at Ebony Life TV. She started her career at the age of 14, as a kid presenter for Tales Africa, Kiddies Island and Generation Next. Kemi Smallz also participated in the 2013 edition of the MTV VJ Search, emerging as one of the top 3 finalists from a pool of 3000 contestants.
#1 What’s the one thing people generally don’t know about working in the Nigerian media industry?
That it’s not all fast cars, champagne and nice parties. It’s a lot of hard work and serious business!
#2 What is the worst comment you’ve read on your Instagram photo?
Something about my camel toe looking like a penis, and I should be honest and tell everyone I was a guy before.
#3 What film do you wish would have a modern remake?
#4 The song no one would believe you have on your iPod is…
Some Indie music and Rock as well, like Bombay Bicycle Clubs ‘Feel’ or Alt Js ‘Left Hand Feel’.
#5 What’s the worst thing that has ever happened to you on the radio?
Man, I have to think about this… One time I called out my phone number instead of the official radio one on air (reflex)! Another time, I introduced a song and played another; random happenings like that.
#6 Tell us one hidden talent no one else knows about.
I dey dance o! I be correct stepper!
#7 Favourite thing to snack on?
Chicken or asun.
#8 What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Random people who carry me without my permission.
#9 Do you secretly have a favourite Nigerian artist?
Yes, but if I tell you, it wouldn’t be a secret anymore!
#10 What would a perfect holiday look like?
Nice cabin with a rustic feel, lots of movies, food, great scenery and good company.
#11 What food can you absolutely not stand?
Pounded yam and fried rice.
#12 What is the one fashion trend you would hate to see come back?
#13 Did you ever consider any other career(s)?
It’s always been the media industry.
#14 Favourite outdoor activity?
Being a pillion on a power bike, and just riding around (I really wish I could ride)! Does this count?
[Yes, yes, it does.]
#15 What 5 people would be on your Fantasy Dinner guest list?
Rihanna, Diddy, Jay Z, Angie Martinez and Ryan Seacrest. Or I could do: Dumbledore, Gandalf, Xavier, Magneto, and Wolverine! I can’t decide!
#16 What item in your closet can you not get enough of?
My flip flops.
#17 Heels or sneakers?
#18 Team Fit Fam or Team Say No To Diets?
Team I-eat-whatever-but-still-try-to-be-healthy. So it can’t be tagged as ‘Team Fit Fam’ and can’t be tagged as ‘Say No To Diets’ either.
#19 If you could change one thing about your life right now, what would it be?
How much money I currently have!
#20 One style secret every woman should know?
Confidence and carriage is everything.
#21 What’s the one thing you love to eat that everyone else finds nasty?
I don’t know if everyone else finds this nasty, but I absolutely love Ugba/Abacha, aka African salad!