The Ghanaian radio drive time has been in the firm grips of men for a while with only a few women hitting hard at that time of the day. OMG!Ghana’s Mawuli Pomary’s searchlight fell on one lady who is arguably the best female on the drive time, Mauvie Hayford of X fm (95.1). In a chit-chat with the sassy presenter, Mauvie made a couple of revelations you should read! OMG!Ghana presents MAUVIE……
OMG: Who is Mauvie Hayford? …And what does Mauvie mean?
M.H : I’m a very simple girl blessed with a morally sound minded family. They are my support system here on earth and without them there wouldn’t have been me. I like to specialize in whatever I embark on and my flaw is that I appreciate good quality in all things and that can be a problem sometimes …….yes I’m a perfectionist (smiling). My name means ‘Little Princess’.
OMG: How was growing up like?…through school,at home and now as the ‘queen of drive time’?
M.H : Growing up has been a rollercoaster ride but I wouldn’t change a thing because it has made me who I am. In school I was extremely shy and because of that I have very few friends. Although my biological father was never present in my life God gave me a wonderful replacement in the person of Mr. Kwame Kuting-Aboagye and his beautiful wife, my mother the late Mrs. Esther Aboagye may her sweet soul rest in perfect peace not forgetting my three awesome brothers I love to the bone Kobby, Khudjo and K.K. The best mum in the world is my biological mum Susan Ayittey of Xouzzanna Designs. She lived abroad almost all my life so you can imagine how spoilt I was. (Like most kids with parents abroad, I travelled a lot and had things kids abroad enjoyed). I’m my mums’ only child and my Biological dad’s only daughter. Papa was a rolling stone (laughing) and he laid his wild oats.I have 5 half brothers I recently met. I believe my line of work now was premeditated by God because I worked for one of our nation’s stations as a teenager but had to travel to go further my education. In 2008 I moved back home with my beautiful daughter I had in Barnet, London. I still believe the move was God orchestrated because although I decided to go on a road trip in Ghana I couldn’t because my 1st week saw me walk into Atlantis Radio where I was instantly hired. The owner popularly known as Big J clearly saw potential in me but you know the devil will always challenge Gods plans (Nsu obua kraaaa). Before I go any further please allow me thank all the people who had my back Anastasia Korsah-Brown, Jerry A, Kwame F and Jon G the Supremo who’s always got my back and to those who haven’t warmed up to me yet, I hope at the end of this interview you’d have a change of heart (laughing).At present my home is XFM 95.1 and I sometimes feel I cannot fill the shoes of “queen of the airwaves” when I don’t own a tiara yet (laughing)
OMG: Any Bitter Childhood Experiences?
Bitter childhood experiences? Nahhhhhhhh! not now that I am more matured and understand why I had to go through the process to becoming an adult. But I must say I was a special child, the kind that needed a lot of attention(smiling)……….I remember I loved my dad so much as a child and the few days he spent with me made me yearn for him the more but unfortunately he had a better agenda. One thing that hurt me back then growing up was when he promised to come see me on my birthday and he never showed up. That messed me up for a very long time as a growing child and I’d like to say to people please if you are not ready for a child please use a CONDOM. As a parent it’s your obligation to make sure the child has what it needs. Even animals know that. As a child I hated being in the kitchen because, of my 3 brothers (laughing), they’ll kill me for this statement. Yes hard to believe but I was a little tomboyish but thank goodness for all the beautiful mums and aunties in my life Aunt Thelma, Tamara, Lori etc, so in a nut shell I am not bitter about my childhood. Actually, given the chance I’ll do it all again x100.
OMG: So why the ‘Talk Fraternity’ ?
M.H : Wow, interesting how you put it “talk fraternity” (winking). I hate the sound of my own voice sometimes but presenting has made me realize it’s not so bad. I love my listeners so much because even when I doubt myself they are there to boost my ego by telling me what a great job I’m doing and how sexy I sound. I wish everyone could have that experience. On a really bad day I look to God for spiritual guidance and my 3 Fs (Family, Friends & Fans) because they never let me down. Honestly I thought I’d be a customer service trainer for life because my last real job was doing that In America which I loved. Putting smiles on people’s faces makes me feel fulfilled. I don’t know if that makes sense but I love that.
OMG: You are one of the few ladies who host drive times……what goes into it?
M.H: The Xpress Lane is not an easy show but I like doing it. It entails a lot of research that’s why I have a lot of sleepless nights, but for now I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
OMG: Why did you leave Atlantis Fm?
M.H: Why did I leave Atlantis?…………hmmmmm everything happens for a reason. If I have to go into it, I’d sound bias so maybe you could ask big J and his “PARTNER” .Hahaha
OMG: How many shows do you host now and what are they?
M.H : I host 3shows now.
The Xpress Lane is the name of XFM’s drive show and it’s aired @15:00 – 17:30 Mondays – Thursdays and ends @18:00 on Fridays
The X Factor is where I “metamorphosize” (yes it’s a word in my dictionary ) into a Relationship Guru giving people advice about all the different types of relationships we have in life @18:00 – 20:00
Lastly I have the Mauivator (Motivator) which airs every Saturday mornings, where I interview successful people in the world and the aim is to motivate young people to work hard. That’s @07:00 – 08:45
OMG: What would be’the mautivator’s’ greatest accomplishment in life?
M.H : My greatest accomplishment………..jeez, it changes almost every year. But right now, my dad is very ill and I’d love to see my dad get a kidney transplant so he can stop going for dialysis every week. I would love to help the sick although I ain’t a nurse or doctor but that’s making me very teary right now. Moving along!
OMG: Who would you like to interview on any day?
M.H: I’d love to interview God any day if he’d give me a chance I have a lot of questions for him (laughing).
OMG: Interesting, Are you married?
M.H: I told you I’m single why are you trying to make me feel bad hahahahahhahahaah
OMG: Hahaaa….. So what do you do if you are not on radio?
MH: When am not on radio, I try to sleep………….
OMG: Will mauvie one day establish her own radio station?
M.H: Who wouldn’t, I would love to own my own radio station one day but I know Accra is choked now……………….yeah am researching #wink
OMG: Will mauvie enter the music or movie industry anytime soon?
M.H: Music/ movies Hmmmmmm I don’t know for now but the right opportunity hasn’t come yet. As you know I love all kinds of music. My late mum believed in my voice so much she pushed me to enter our church choir…….. oh actually loads of choirs but I never really did anything about it. One day I actually did a duet with the Late Ola Williams and after the service a lot of people encouraged me to choose singing as a career but you and I know in Ghana there’s politics everywhere. The pastor’s daughters also wanted to sing so how dare we take their shine hahahahhahah. With movies my mum calls me a drama queen if that’s a criteria then I’m waiting for a script ASAP. Hook me up oooo Mawuli .
OMG: Sure I will….. Are you planning on engaging in any social responsibility or any foundation?
M.H : I have tried so many times to help with some charity organizations but I guess I am not rich enough to be taken seriously. For now I will give the little I can but when I’m well established I would definitely help on a much bigger scale. With a foundation am still doing research on something I’m very passionate about and I promise you Mawuli, you’ll be one of the first people to know.
OMG: Are you a strong Christian? and where do u worship?
M.H: I believe in God so much, it ain’t funny…………Sorry to disappoint some people but I am still not comfy with the speaking of tongues, as a child who was forced to speak it by our youth pastor it has left me scared for life. God forgive me but I wish I could acquire it spiritually rather than being taught how to speak it like it was on the school curriculum.
OMG:Hahaha…… Are you snobbish as is thought of many celebs?
M.H: With the issue of being snobbish…………..well if I am approached in a nice way, I see no reason why I should be. But obviously if someone approaches me disrespectfully he/ she will see my evil side and please I am not a celeb.
OMG: What is your take on the recent spate of gays and lesbians in Ghana especially now that Prez. Obama has approved of it ?
M.H: I am not going to sit here and judge people who are gay because I am not perfect either, I have my flaws but it really isn’t something that should be out in the open. It’s very foreign to me and I don’t mind being friends with them but I don’t think it should be endorsed openly like Obama has. All across the globe, children are confused because of it………trust me if Sasha (Obama’s daughter ) went up to him and said she was lesbian, Obama would die. Most politicians do and say things to win peoples votes.
OMG: Will you join politics in the near future?….say an M.P or even President?
M.H: Only God knows the future so I can’t say I’ll never do politics although I am not a fan right now. Who knows………maybe in the future when nepotism has been eradicated. But your question is tricky. Who wouldn’t love to be President? I would be the most honest President though (laughing)
OMG: What is your message as we approach Election 2012 ?
M.H: • My message has been said over and over so sorry guys I’m going to sound like an echo in your ears. There will never be war in Ghana. We only have one Ghana and even foreigners are trooping in to enjoy the peace we have here. It’s up to us Ghanaians to maintain it. If we don’t they’ll come in and ruin it for us and abandon us when **** hits the fan. I want to encourage everyone who has registered to vote. Good citizens, if you do not vote you are only making it easier and possible for corrupt officials to win. I strongly believe that Politicians should be changed as often as a baby’s nappy for the same reasons (CLEANLINESS) …………..I would love to see our leaders preach and lead positive examples for the youth to follow. It’s not the voting that is democracy; it’s the counting…… I anticipate a non-discriminatory, crystal clear and peaceful election AMEN. (Manu esi) meaning my mouth has end (laughing)
OMG: What message do you have for up and coming presenters?
M.H: So many doors will be closed in your face but never give up. But I have to warn you there are sharks in this industry and if you don’t prepare yourself physically, financially, mentally and spiritually they’ll devour you. Dare to be different. All the best of luck MUAH MUAH MUAH
OMG:Well Thanks Mauvie for your time,you seem nicer than I was told you are (smiling).All the best Miss!