Kemi Smallz is a Nigerian-born On-Air personality, actress, voice-over artist, and Master of ceremonies (MC). She is currently working at Cool 96.9fm, where she hosts The Night Cruise every weekday from 9:00 pm- to 12:00 a.m. She is the voice behind the commercials for Park & shop and Spar, Eleanor, D’prince supermarket, Just Write supermarket, Hubmart, and Mega Plaza.
She entered the radio presenting career as a kid presenter for Tales Africa, Kiddies Island, and Generation Next in 2004. She found interest in speaking on the radio during her tender age and made a source of living out of it. In this post, I will be writing about Kemi Smallz and other interesting facts about her.
Kemi Smallz Biography
Kemi was born on January 8, 1990, in Lagos. She grew up in a family of five children, where she happens to be the first. Her parents are from different states in Nigeria, but she is precisely from Ondo State. Her father, who is an artist (sculptors) is from Ondo state, while her mum, who is an interior decorator, is from Bayelsa State. Her growing up has been all about art – She used to play with her father’s color collection during her childhood. The OAP is 30 years old as of 2020.
Kemi studied English at the University of Lagos and graduated with a degree. And her real name is Oluwakemi Itari Owatemi.
She is probably in a relationship but chooses to keep it private. BBNaija season 5 winner Laycon has shown interest in her, but she is yet to give the green light.
Kemi Smallz OAP Career
She started her OAP career at the age of 14 as a kid presenter for Tales Africa, Kiddies Island, and Generation Next on MITV and MBI. She also worked as a content developer for GoldmyneTV and a presenter for CITY 105.1FM, where she anchored a radio show called Nightlife Radio.
Kemi rose to fame after she came out in the top 3 at the 2013 edition of the MTV VJ search of 3,000 contestants. She looks up to Ryan Seacrest, an American radio personality. She lives by these words;
Happiness is key, make a constant effort to be happy. Try and draw happiness from the little things. Don’t let the little things pass you by.
From 2013-2017, she worked at city105.1 FM, where she was a contributor to Men’s Corner and on a reality show on Ebonylifetv.
During her days at City 105.1FM, Kemi Smallz won the Student Choice OAP of the Year Award at the 2016 ANUCA awards. She also won the MAYAA Award for Radio Personality of the Year OAP of the Year in 2016 and received the POPA Awards in 2020. She was recognized and awarded by the Nigerian Institute of Journalism for her contribution to the media industry in May 2016. Other notable awards she has won include
- City People Music Award – Female On-Air Personality of the Year (2016).
- Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Award – Outstanding Radio Program Presenter
In 2015 and 2017, she was nominated for the On-Air Personality of the Year during the ELOY Awards. In 2015 and 2016, She was also nominated for the On-Air Personality of the Year award at the Scream Awards 2015 /2016. Also, the On-air Personality of the Year award during the All Youth Awards in 2016 and the On-air Personality of the Year female category award during the Future Awards in 2016.
She recorded tremendous success while working at City FM, now, she works for Cool FM, joining the likes of controversial Daddy Freeze, Manny, and Taymi B, Dotun.
She got the name “Radio Rat” for her consistency at the studio, not necessarily because she is 5ft in height. She is extremely short-sighted, -8 to be precise, and wears contacts always.
Kemi made her television debut as one of the five cast members of EbonyLife TV’s reality TV show “Moving up the Squad”, which aired on DSTV in October 2017. She was also featured on MTV base’ “FitFam” and EL TV’s “On the Spot”.
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