Funmi Iyanda: Still a bombshell at 47.

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Some fans are finding it hard to believe that ace-broadcaster, Funmi Iyanda, is still a cheesecake as she clocked 47 on July 27.

The filmmaker, lawyer, wellness entrepreneur and self-styled Chief-Witch got tongues wagging when she posted an eye-popping picture of her bombshell boobs still looking like a mound of golden cherries on .

One Ejiro Fadiniyi Orimoloye, a Facebook Fan reacted to the well-carved bronzed features in the iconic picture that was shared by one of Funmi’s admirers on the social platform th: “Are these twin towers for real or have they gone under the kne? Almost didn’t recognize her. Pretty.”

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Funmi Iyanda shows a bit of what she’s made of.

makersNG reveals more on Funmi Iyanda, also known as Olufunmilola Ade Iyanda, as a talk show host, broadcaster, journalist, and blogger through her Wikipedia page.

She produced and hosted a popular talk show New Dawn with Funmi, which aired on the national network for over eight years.

Born on July 27, 1971, in Lagos, Funmi is the of Ignite , a content-driven organization operating out of Lagos. In 2011, she was honoured as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum and was recently named one of Forbes 20 Youngest Power in Africa.

Funmi Iyanda in her elements.

Early le

Funmi was born in Lagos to the family of Gabriel and Yetunde Iyanda. Her father was originally from Ogbomoso and the mother from Ijebu-Ode, she grew up in the Lagos Mainland area, however, her mother died when she was seven years old. She attended African Church Princess Primary School, Akoka, Herbert Macaulay School in Lagos, Nigeria, for her primary education and then went to the International School Ibadan for her secondary education. She also attended the University of Ibadan, where she graduated with a Bachelor of degree in Geography.

Good Morning Nigeria and Journalism

Funmi’s foray into began when she started producing and presenting Good Morning Nigeria, a breakfast magazine show. The show became a hit, with its “Heroes” segment, which exalted the achievement of deserving members of the society, and “Street Le”, which unlike many shows at the time went out on the streets in search of compelling Nigerian human-interest stories.

The show foced on the injtices suffered by Nigerians, particularly the vulnerable members such as and children. The show was syndicated on national .

The first show she anchored was called MITV Live produced by Segun Odegbami and Tunde Kelani. She also explored her deep passion for , entering the world of journalism. She worked on a documentary for the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations and she covered the 1999 female Football World Cup, the All Africa in Zimbabwe, as well as the 2000 and 2004 Olympic in Sydney and Athens.

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Slim-fit Funmi displays her model figure.

New Dawn with Funmi

Armed with the experience gained during the era of Good Morning Nigeria, Funmi sought a bigger platform to reach people and in 2000 she began producing and hosting the programme, New Dawn.

New Dawn with Funmi started in 2000 and ran daily on NTA 10 Lagos. The success of the show made it the longest running independently produced show on NTA. The show ed its influence as a vehicle for social change and transformation by advocating the cae of the vulnerable members of the society, particularly , youth and children. New Dawn gave birth to the “Change-A-Le” social intervention project. Over the years, Change-A-Le has affected the lives of many children and people through its scholarship, health care, counselling and micro-finance intervention scheme. The scholarship scheme supports 98 children.

Funmi has also written regular columns in Tempo Magazine. On occasion, she still serves as a guest columnist for Farafina Magazine. She has also written for PM , The Punch, Daily Trt and Vanguard papers.

Talk With Funmi

In 2010, after a two-year hiat, she returned to the silver screen with Talk with Funmi (TWF), a groundbreaking show, directed by Chris Dada. Talk With Funmi journeys Nigeria, from state to state, capturing people and conversations around the country. It is a thought-provoking, illuminating and entertaining journey into the le of Nigerians from all over the country. The show talks to people everywhere – from ordinary citizens going about their biness to celebrities in unual but natural settings. TWF is syndicated on channels across Nigeria.

My Country: Nigeria

In 2010, Funmi Iyanda completed production on My Country: Nigeria, a three-part documentary celebrating the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence, which was aired on the World Service. Lagos Stories, one of the episodes of the documentary, was subsequently nominated in the category for “Best Documentary” at the 2011 Monte Carlo Festival in Monaco.

Chopcassava.com

In 2012, Funmi Iyanda and her creative partner Chris Dada released Chopcassava.com, an innovative web series documenting the January 2012 fuel subsidy protests that took place in Lagos, Nigeria. A web series becae it could not be aired on Nigerian TV, the series presents an insider view of the Lagos protests, in which people of all classes took to the streets demanding a reversal of the 117% hike in petrol prices. The protests swtly evolved to encompass issues beyond petrol prices, with protesters focing on profligacy, as well as the endemic corruption in the country. Wildly popular, chopcassava videos went viral, with one of the videos gathering over 100,000 hits in five days.

Chopcassava.com was nominated in the non-fiction web series category at the 2012 BANFF World Festival, in , Canada.

Personal Le

An innovator in her sphere Funmi has won tremendo recognition for her work in the and for her humanitarian and philanthropic interventions. She is an African Leadership Institute, Tutu Fellow and a participant of the ASPEN Institute’s Forum for s and Society.

In 2012, she was honoured by the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, for her commitment to advocacy as she returned from a five-day UN advocacy trek up . The climb was organised by the UN to raise global awareness on its campaign to End Violence against and Girls and brought together climbers from more than 32 African countries in a historic advocacy journey up . Funmi Iyanda joined South African rock band the Parlotones, South African actress Rosie Motene, a , Ann Njogu, Congolese singer Barbara Kanam, and many African and men who play an active role in their countries on the gruelling trek up Kilimanjaro. The climbers arrived at Africa’s highest summit on International ’s Day, 8 March 2012, and displayed their African national flags.

Funmi serves on the Board of Farafina Trt and Positive Impact Youth Network. She was at the forefront of the Occupy Nigeria series of protests in January 2012. The protests were to resist the implementation of the ’s fuel subsidy removal policy.

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