BY ADEDAYO SHOWEMIMO
ThisDay journalist, Azuka Ogujuiba who conducted the exclusive Tiwa Savage interview on her marriage crisis has finally responded to the criticisms she has been receiving since the interview was released.
Some accused her of being tactless in her approach to the interview.
In her own defence, Azuka took to Facebook to write:
‘Wow, l am really trending o, world people have now created another version n topic ‘The Interviewer‘ out of Tiwa Savage and Teebillz marital woe saga. The issue on ground have been shifted aside and my body language and mannerism during my chat with her is now giving some people sleepless nights.’
‘I have one advice for people talking down on my professional approach especially my colleagues- The training l got from the prestigious University of Lagos Mass Comm depart, as a print journalist is to go after the scoop first, how l looked or stared at Tiwa is not important but the story l am after.
‘Secondly, was l able to make Tiwa talk about the allegations presented by her husband? Of course YES, that is what is important.
‘Thirdly, did l have a good network to get the exclusive interview? YES obviously. Did l risk my life as a true journalist would do for an exclusive interview by leaving my daughter alone in the bedroom, not thinking in-case there was a sudden fire outbreak or something, or what about me who had to be driven from the mainland to the island on that dark and lonely third mainland bridge by 2.15 am? YES, l took one of the biggest risk of my life.
‘Fourthly, why would Tiwa prefer me to all the television personalities that has been compared to me to interview her, and some of these TV personalities are always hanging around her more than me? It is simply because she respects my style of journalism.
‘Fifthly, some people said l didn’t show any empathy towards Tiwa when she cried and how did they know? And if l had been mushy mushy during my chat, they will still find fault and say l was biased. I bet a lot of these people abusing wish they were the ones who did that interview, too bad l have done it and nothing dey happen for igboro.
‘End of the day what gave me so much satisfaction was that l did the exclusive interview with Tiwa, l have done my bit as a print journalist (not TV) If anybody is so pained by my approach, they should drink acid o, ‘CYBER BULLYING‘ has no space in my territory and to be honest l don’t give a hoot about those hateful comments which they claim is criticism, anyway, it is a free world people are allowed to vent their frustrations termed criticism.
‘I am not saying l won’t pick from the criticism, the good ones l have happily accepted and the bad ones l have sent back to the senders o..LOL.. Its a new week, may God almighty bless our hustle in Jesus name. Amen!’
This post first appeared on NET.