A new television talk-show hosted by highly-regarded journalist and media executive, Femi Akintunde-Johnson (a.k.a. FAJ) premieres on Lagos Television, LTV on Friday, October 21, 2015. The general-interest one-hour programme is called FAJ-Alive, with strong interest in politics, business, entertainment, lifestyle and society.
It should be recalled that FAJ-ALIVE was first transmitted on Nigeria’s first independent television station, DBN in 1994.
FAJ-ALIVE is designed as a knowledge-based, information-friendly, inspirational platform where very important leading lights of the society will be encouraged to step out and offer their wisdom, direction and esteemed voices in guiding and chaperoning the generality of the populace.
The general tendency on FAJ-ALIVE is to avoid focusing attention on the “persona” involved in issues, as best as we can – in a language (verbal and non-verbal) that accords respect and decorum to the sanctity of simple rights and privileges of all – regardless of our persuasion.
This is the premise for the emergence of FAJ-ALIVE, a 60-minute television programme that hopefully will harness the outstanding knowledge, contacts, experience, intellectualism and general appeal of the driving-force behind the programme, Mr. Femi Akintunde-Johnson (FAJ). We believe that the anchor and his guests will facilitate a benchmark of quality, seriousness and forthrightness in the interrogation and understanding of public, national and social affairs, including prominent state actors.
Other major segments in the programme, apart from the Main Chat, include:
The RING MASTERS: With the tremendous socio-economic reaches that many sectors of the Nigerian entertainment industry and its practitioners are exposed to, it is now imperative for respected voices to be heard on an equally highly regarded platform, in order to shape, activate and inspire actions, decisions and perspectives in our entertainment community.
An alternate segment is BREAK-OUTS, a magazine format on the extra-ordinary lives and professional growth of young Nigerians who have excelled in different areas of endeavours: entertainment, sports, finance, advertising, Art/Culture, commerce/trading, IT/Media, religion/clergy, activism/NGOs, politics, etc.
The last two segments are 10-minute alternates:
CRITICS’ CHOICE: A “Top 5-style” (Best of Nigerian Entertainment) scroll for the preceding week. And ASK-THE-FAJ, a 10-minute “rant” between FAJ and those who wish to ask any reasonable questions on any area of life, and are willing to accept the “answers” that arise. Questions will be posed ahead of recording time on Twitter and Facebook accounts of FAJ-Alive.
FAJ-ALIVE is recorded for transmission on Lagos Television, LTV; and airs every Friday from 10.45pm till midnight (also on DSTV 256 & StarTimes 113). Though designed as a Live show, concerns for the safety of guests and participants have forced us to pre-record at daytime and transmit same week.
The producers also desire to subsequently syndicate the talk-show on a number of TV stations nationwide in mutually agreeable time zones.
It is worthy of note that the emergence of FAJ-ALIVE is largely driven by the determination and willingness of the new management of Lagos Television, led by Mr. Deji Balogun, to unearth fresh and exciting programmes at the biggest state-owned television station in Nigeria.