It is Tuesday the 16th of October 2012, my Guest for the evening is Mr Akin Salami, The CEO of OH TV. OH TV is an ethical channel in the entertainment genre on Sky 199.
It was a cold still evening and I was looking forward to engage my guest on some community issues and the OHTV brand as part of The Black History Month Celebrations
It was the first time I was going to meet him in person and when the door bell rang, I was instantly overwhelmed by his simplicity,warmth and humility
I had watched OHTV in the last few years and I was quite impresed with the content of the programmes and the quality and depth of educational entertainment.
I was curious to know more about Mr salami, his background and what motivated him to start up a lucrative profound initiative.
Mr Salami told me that he had a passion for technology and a drive to motivate and inspire young people in the community and from the moment he started talking i saw the passion and drive for life all written in his eyes- he spoke from the heart.
He explained to me that he did not have a TV background and had studied Mechanical engineering at The Obafemi Awolowo University many years ago.
He had tried to set up a business in the past in The Gambia which did not exactly go according to plan but he later discovered that the there was a need for TV in the community, but something more than a need- a message and a story to deliver and the importance of filling a gap – so when his creative side unfolded, the rest was history.
We also spoke about the purpose and the significance of engaging the mindsets of the youth within our community and the approach OHTV adopted in empowering and inspiring the minds of the leaders of tomorrow and Mr Saami explained that OHTV as a brand, was doing quite a lot to set the pace for young peope in our society.
Mr Salami is a very passionate man with big dreams and a natural drive to create, showcase and deliver
His thoughts on Back History Month were very clear – it was a month to celebrate the achievements of Black people and create more understanding and togetherness within our communities.
Mr Salami spends his spare time with his family and three children and also takes time to take part in church activities.
OHTV is an ethical channel in the entertainment genre. It can be found on Sky Channel 199