Maria Okanrende, fondly known as ‘Maria Okan’, is best known as the morning show co-host on Lagos’ urban radio station, The Beat 99.9. She also hosts her own fashion and lifestyle show on YouTube, ‘Maria’s Matters’, where she has interviewed a variety of celebrities, including Yemi Alade, Cynthia Morgan, and the classic man himself, Jidenna.
SCHICK caught up with the multi-media personality to talk favourite TV shows, her ideal Friday night and the one fashion trend she wouldn’t be caught dead in!
#1 What’s the one thing people generally don’t know about being a radio presenter in Nigeria?
It’s so strange! The week could start off so normal and by Thursday, you’re breaking/discussing news and stories that you never saw coming a day before! Also you never get used to waking up at 4:30am.
#2 What is the strangest thing you’ve ever read about yourself on Instagram?
Me faking my accent gets me every time.
#3 What TV show do you wish was still on air?
Moesha and The Wire. Can I have 2?!
#4 The song no one would believe you have on your iPod is…
Roxette – It Must’ve Been Love
#5 What’s the worst thing that has ever happened to you on the radio?
Offending a guest during an interview. It happens a lot with company CEOs.
#6 Tell us one hidden talent no one else knows.
I write songs!
#7 Favourite thing to snack on?
#8 What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Opening my WhatsApp message and not responding/people pretending to be what they’re not.
#9 Do you secretly have a favourite Nigerian artist?
No secrets! I love a lot in rotation. At the moment: Adekunle Gold, Olamide and Flavour.
#10 What’s your ideal Friday night?
Food and staying at home.
#11 What food can you absolutely not stand?
Catfish pepper soup!
#12 One fashion trend you wouldn’t be caught dead in?
Peplum doesn’t suit me.
#13 Did you ever consider any other career(s)?
Yes writing, and banking. I had careers in both before moving to Nigeria.
#14 Favourite outdoor activity?
#15 What 5 people would be on your Fantasy Dinner guest list?
My grandad (dad’s dad), 2Pac, Oprah [Winfrey], Martin Luther King Jr and Notorious BIG.
#16 What item in your closet can you not get enough of?
My fitted, blue, faded jeans!
#17 Jeans or palazzo pants?
#18 Neat-freak or clutter-bug?
Both, depending on my energy at any given moment.
#19 Snapchat or Instagram Stories?
Both. People that don’t follow me be checkin’ my Instagram snaps. What I see is very intriguing!
#20 One beauty secret every woman should know?
Don’t overdo the beauty regime. Find a product or a select few that work for you and keep it moving.
#21 What’s the one thing you love to eat that everyone else finds nasty?