Cambridge graduate and 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.

Having graduated with a college Degree from Homerton ,a B.A Education with English and Drama degree at Cambridge University between 2007 and 2011 where she was actively involved in student life through music, sports and writing after which, she went on to found the Homerton African Dancers and was the President of the Cambridge University Nigeria Society (2010-2011); one is bound to wonder why does a lady with such educational qualifications end up in front of the screens?

In a chat with Saturday Beats, she explained why she quit a well-paying job to establish a television production outfit.

“I left Nestlé Nigeria Plc in November 2015. It was hard. I still visit and the love, hugs and smiles are so comforting and touching. I have so many fond memories of my time at Nestlé. I left to follow my dreams. As a creative person, I needed time and space to incubate my ideas and projects. Also, I now have the opportunity to pitch ideas to Nestlé without any issues of conflict of interest. I have always done several things at the same time while in school, so naturally, in my adult life, I have my hands in several pies and I’m loving it. A lot of people told me they admired my courage. They tell me that I did the right thing to follow my dreams, especially while I am still young with not as many responsibilities. A few were not so pleased with my move and thought I was making a mistake, citing that I still had a lot to do in the corporate world. Others felt the timing was not right and that I should not be giving up a job when people are looking for jobs. Not everyone understood it. I have learnt that you can’t please everyone no matter how hard you try,” she said.

Moreover, Here are 13 interesting facts you probably do not know about the University of Cambridge graduate.
  • She started her TV career presenting ‘Bookaholic with Bella’ on the breakfast show, ‘Today On STV’ in 2009.
  • 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).
  • She lived in the U.S. and U.K. but refused to pick up an accent.
  • Isabella speaks Yoruba but with a funny ‘non-Yoruba accent’ and she is not deterred in her dreams to star in a Yoruba movie.
  • Her mum is half Igbo and half German while her dad is full Yoruba.
  • Her Igbo name is Chukwugosimuzo and it appears alongside her Yoruba name, Ebunoluwa on her University degree and passport.
  • She hosted red carpet events, from movie premieres to the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (for, while holding down a corporate 9 – 5 job.
  • She is a die-hard Arsenal fan; Gunner for life.
  • She studied Education with English and Drama at the University of Cambridge.
  • She will pick intelligence in a man over looks.
  • She has once rocked a bald head as an adult because she had always wanted to.
  • She used to rap and write songs as a teenager under the stage name, DaBella Q.
  • She played the role of Jessica in ‘Alison’s Stand’.

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