Isabella Akinseye: 13 Things You Don’t Know About ‘Africana Literati’ Presenter

Going by her current moves, Corporate Communications Exec turned OAP, Isabella Akinseye who premiered her new TV show, ‘Africana Literati’ in April 2016, is not taking a break.

From hosting ‘The Front Page’ on Radio Continental 102. 3 FM to starting her own company, Yellow Tamarind Productions, Isabella is set to premiere two new TV shows; ‘Clapperboard’ and ‘The Movie Buff Show’ which focuses on her love for all things African cinema.

Here are 13 interesting facts you probably do not know about the University of Cambridge graduate.

  1. She started her TV career presenting ‘Bookaholic with Bella’ on the breakfast show, ‘Today On STV’ in 2009.

  2. Isabella likes ‘ata rodo’ (scotch bonnet peppers) in her food and has to insist on ‘very very spicy’ while abroad which usually doesn’t work (except in Thai restaurants and Nandos).

  3. She lived in the U.S. and U.K. but refused to pick up an accent.

  4. Isabella speaks Yoruba but with a funny ‘non-Yoruba accent’ and she is not deterred in her dreams to star in a Yoruba movie.

  5. Her mum is half Igbo and half German while her dad is full Yoruba.

  6. Her Igbo name is Chukwugosimuzo and it appears alongside her Yoruba name, Ebunoluwa on her University degree and passport.

  7. She hosted red carpet events, from movie premieres to the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (for, while holding down a corporate 9 – 5 job.

  8. She is a die-hard Arsenal fan; Gunner for life!

  9. She studied Education with English and Drama at the University of Cambridge.

  10. She will pick intelligence in a man over looks.

  11. She has once rocked a bald head as an adult because she had always wanted to.

  12. She used to rap and write songs as a teenager under the stage name, DaBella Q.

  13. She played the role of Jessica in ‘Alison’s Stand’.


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